It’s inescapable. Our personalities affect everything we do – from interacting with friends, family, and co-workers – to posting on social media. As anyone who regularly scrolls through a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn feed knows, opinions clash and emotions flare just as readily online as in face-to-face communications.
As 2015 winds down, our Facebook feeds are filling up with links to Top Ten lists and think pieces ruminating on the biggest buzzwords and trends of the past year. The usual end-of-the-year roundup inspired us to think about the trends that we’ve noticed this past year.
Take Flight Learning is thrilled to announce that Merrick Rosenberg’s highly anticipated sequel to “Take Flight!,” entitled “The Chameleon: Life-Changing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does,” will be released just in time for the holiday season.
Have you noticed something different about the dialogue surrounding the 2016 presidential election? While candidates and pundits alike are talking about big-ticket issues, the focus on personality is bigger than ever. Not since the 1960’s first-ever TV debate, in which an awkward Richard Nixon squared off against an effortlessly charismatic John F. Kennedy, has personality played such a big role in election coverage.
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Fables were written well over two millennia ago, but children and adults the
world over can still recite at least a few tales by heart. Stories like “The
Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs” or “The Fox and the Crow” have appeared in
countless translations and iterations, but their core messages—their famous
morals and lessons—have withstood the test of time.
We all look at the world through the lens of our own DISC style. This means that we may need to accept that others handle problems and approach the world differently than we would. And this means that we may need to accept that ‘my way is not the only way.
Owls, or C’s in the DISC world, are known for their logic and accuracy. They like plans, systems, and order. You would think it would be easy to recognize an Owl by the pristine neatness of their office, since they are organizational gurus, right? Not always. You see, there are two kinds of organizational systems that Owls tend to embrace.
Innovation: this is something that is often the result of reinvention. If someone were to ask you what DISC style you are, you would most likely refer back to your previous workbook to see what letter you are.
For example, Eagles typically feel that they are more powerful than their environment and have the capacity to shape outcomes through goal setting, resourcefulness, and hard work. Eagles love a challenge precisely because it’s difficult to accomplish.
Does working for your boss stress you out? If so, consider his or her DISC personality style and contrast it with your own.Opposites Attract
Ask just about anyone "If, after taking a personality test, they would score radically different than their spouse ,or significant other, and the answer will overwhelmingly be “yes!”. As the cliché goes, opposites attract.
The other day, I was watching an episode of Big Bang Theory with my wife. Throughout the show, I found myself laughing hysterically. Now I’m not just talking about a quiet chuckle. I was belly laughing out loud.
The next time you start crafting an e-mail, think about the DISC styles of the sender (you) and the receiver (someone who you hope will actually read and digest what you have written.)
We all have different needs and desires that shape our behaviors. Given that how we think drives how we act, if we understand an individual’s needs, we can understand and possibly even predict how someone will act in given situations.
When trying to understand human behavior, we can reverse-engineer a person’s actions to determine why they do what they do. So let’s start with behavior.
How do you manage your time? Each style has their own perspective according to the DISC system. Eagles are natural at prioritizing. Those with a Dominant DISC style will simply decide which task is the most important or can be accomplished the quickest, and move aggressively to accomplish their goals.
Respect. We all want it. How we earn respect may just depend upon who we’re trying to earn it from. So, let’s take a look at how to win the respect of others from a DISC system perspective.
Listening is a skill that most of us take for granted. In school we’re taught how to read and write, but not how to listen. It’s as if all that’s required is a set of ears.
Ever notice that some people have more trouble letting go of difficult experiences than others? From a DISC system perspective, this is not surprising.
Sales people need to know their audience, as well as managers who need to announce organizational changes at a town hall meeting.
One of most common phrases I hear when I lead DISC training programs or speak at a conference about the DISC styles is, "I wish I knew this before ________."
Each of the four DISC styles approaches the world in a different way. This means that we have varying needs for structure and order in our lives.
There’s an interesting phenomenon in human behavior in which our actions reveal our needs. Essentially, the very same behaviors that we display to others reflect back to them how we want to be treated. Another way of saying this is that we want others to treat us the way that we treat them.
We have an enough to think about in our hectic, fast-paced world. Pondering which DISC style to apply in a given situation or with a specific person shouldn’t be one of them.
Sometimes, when managers coach their staff members, they try to change them into something they are not. This conveys a lack of acceptance, which people naturally rebel against.
The other day, I walked by a neighbor who has strong Owl (C) and Dove (D) style tendencies. (In the DISC model, that makes him a (CS), which I refer to as the Perfectionist style pattern in Taking Flight!.)
Kids say the darndest things and sometimes we can link what they say to the DISC styles
In many cases, an outlier resides within the team. In other words, this person has a DISC style that is very different from the majority of the team members.
Do people drive you crazy? A great and wise sage once said, “Everyone driving slower than you is an idiot. Everyone driving faster than you is a maniac.”
We talk about the DISC styles in terms of people, but meetings can have a style too…and the style of the meeting usually correlates with the style of the person running it.
While I'm not suggesting that we all go out and buy buttons containing
our DISC style... it would make interactions at work and at home a lot
We all know that
mistakes are a part of life, but not everyone deals with mistakes in the
same way. In fact, our DISC style has an impact on how willing we are
to make mistakes and how we
respond after we’ve made them.
While on tour in the 1980s Van Halen instructed stage crews, via a clause embedded in their tour contract, that a bowl full of M&Ms be placed backstage with all brown M&Ms removed.
When people think about the DISC model of personality, people don't tend to relate DISC and lying. Interestingly, they come together in the Wonder Woman character. Confused?
We are keenly aware that at times, other people push our buttons. But we don't put much thought into the notion that we may push other peoples buttons too.
Out of the four DISC styles, the Supportive S style is most prone to experience worrying. This happens when there is an excessive and irrational fear about everyday things that is disproportional to what is causing the person to worry.
This is the first of a four part series on Style. When conducting Taking Flight With DISC training, we discuss the hidden genius that each DISC style possesses. This remarkable ability comes so naturally to each style that they may barely notice it, yet this genius plays a major role in their own success. It’s also a skill that none of the other styles possess at the genius level.
This is the 2nd of a four-part series on The Hidden Genius of Style.When conducting Taking Flight with DISC training programs, we discuss the hidden genius possessed by each DISC style. These remarkable abilities come so naturally to each style that they may barely notice it. Yet this genius plays a major role in creating success and happiness.The genius of the I style.
This is the 3rd of a four-part series on The Hidden Genius of Style. When conducting Taking Flight with DISC training, we discuss the hidden genius that each DISC style possesses. This remarkable ability comes so naturally to each style that they may barely notice it, yet this genius plays a major role in their own success. It’s also a skill that none of the other styles possess at the genius level. Next up, the genius of S.
This is the 4th of a four-part series on The Genius of Style. When conducting Taking Flight with DISC training, we discuss the hidden genius that each DISC style possesses. This remarkable ability comes so naturally to each style that they may barely notice it, yet this genius plays a major role in their own success. It’s also a skill that none of the other styles possess at the genius level.
Ever notice that some people have a proverbial sign on their forehead that says "cut to the chase!"? If you speak a little bit long, their body language gets fidgety, they instinctively reach for their phone then pull back, their eyes dart around.
Each of the DISC styles has a different way of knowing that they are right.
"While many people believe that they “know themselves,” the reality could not be further from the truth. Perhaps Johann Wolfgang von Goethe got it right about 200 years ago when he bravely declared, “Know thyself? If I knew myself, I’d run away.
The power of the DISC styles is that they provide a framework for making sense of why people say what they say and do what they do. The styles help us to understand needs, wants, fears, motives, stress response, and much more.
Goethe said, “In the works of man as in those of nature, it is the intention which is chiefly worth studying.” Understanding the DISC styles give us the opportunity to look to intention rather than just behavior.
As I watched my son's school concert last night, I realized that drummer plays the role of the Supportive or “S” DISC style in the band. The drummer holds the music together. The drummer's role is to keep the beat and ensure that everyone stays in sync.
There are many profiles that assess an individual’s behavioral style or personality.
We all have moments when we experience stress. When it hits, we feel it in our bodies and it impacts our ability to think clearly. Some stress is motivating and encourages us.
Just as we can use the DISC styles to better understand people, we can apply the same DISC system model to understanding companies. While there isn't necessarily a personality test for an organization, the styles reflect themselves in how companies innovate, manage change, create culture, and drive towards results.
Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations that require us to act ways that are outside of our comfort zone. When this happens, at best, we feel uncomfortable. At worst, the fear becomes so overwhelming that we do whatever we can to avoid the situation.
Are you going on an interview? If so, wait! What does your DISC style reveal about how you are likely to come across?
My daughter and I got in the car for a trip to the store. She needed to return and exchange an item we had purchased a week before. "You do have the receipt, right?" she asked nervously.
In honor of Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I thought I'd have some fun with his model of applying seven habits to increase our effectiveness. In this case, I outline seven habits that relate to the DISC model of behavior.
You walk into a room and everyone erupts in applause. How do you react?The answer to that question depends largely on your personality. Your DISC style might even predict your response.
One of the most common questions I get when leading sessions based on the DISC model goes something like, “How old do children have to be before we can figure out what style they are?”
As I enjoyed a quiet dinner at an Italian restaurant on a recent business trip to Richmond, Virginia, something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. While cleaning off a table, a busboy inadvertently knocked over an oil lamp. The oil immediately spread across the white linen table cloth, which instantly caught fire. The busboy was frantic.
If there’s one challenge that seems to befuddle the I Parrot, it’s balancing being interested with being interesting.
Have you ever made assumptions about why someone said or did something that you didn't appreciate only to find out later that it had nothing to do with what you had thought? Of course you have.
As I've traveled around the world sharing the Taking Flight! birds with people of all walks of life, I've noticed that culture has a strong impact on how people act.
Stress is a funny thing. It makes us act in ways that minimize our effectiveness and push other people's buttons. Each of the DISC styles responds to differently when stressed.
Ever notice that some people have more trouble letting go of difficult experiences than others? From a DISC system perspective, this is not surprising. I’s, for example, don’t dwell upon negativity or stress. Their optimistic nature quickly finds silver linings and looks forward to the next interesting or creative experience.
In DISC training programs I often turn to a group of C’s and ask, “When you’re working on a project, what is the most important aspect of it to you?” The response is almost always: “It’s got be right.”
When talking about the DISC styles,