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Chairlift Management

Skiing was a big part of my childhood. I have great memories of spending time on the slopes with my family. While skiing is typically viewed as an individual sport, it is also happens to be a great family activity. Not only do you often ski together, but you also have time for uninterrupted conversations on the chairlifts. No smartphones, just the opportunity to have quality time with your

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Peer Pressure Doesn’t End in High School

In high school did you socialize with the smart kids, the athletes, the band, the artsy ones, or the quiet ones who flew under the radar?

At the time, it seemed so important to fit into a group, small or large. The peer pressure to “fit in” and have a social identity was strong and at times, challenging. More than likely, it was with a group whose style matched your own or whose style you were

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Becoming an effective communicator

The blank stare said it all. She had no idea what I was talking about or simply did not care.

I cannot remember which alternative was more exasperating. It did not really matter because I was just plain frustrated. How could my point not have gotten across?

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Recruiting to Your Weakness

Recently I worked with a consulting firm that utilizes the information we provide to help their clients with strategy implementation.

This particular client company had a common problem that we often see in countless and varied organizations. There are no companies that seem to be immune to it. Managers are cloning themselves. They were hiring people that closely mirrored who they are – people

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Don’t Take Your Strengths for Granted

After talking on the phone with Debbie for a few minutes, I was certain she had to be a very analytical “C-style” individual.

Her deliberate, steady pace of speech and her highly detailed questions were clear giveaways. This was my first conversation with Debbie. She is a corporate trainer at one of our client companies. Debbie was preparing for the “train-the-trainer” session that we were going

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The Elusive S-style

Jessica was a new co-worker and I was a newly certified DISC trainer, eager to practice my own DISC styles recognition skills.

Over the next few weeks I found her to be friendly, easy to talk to, and interested in interacting with me. This seemed like a co-worker I wanted to be part of my special projects team.

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Asking the Active Questions to Modify Your DISC-Style

I’m often asked to advise people on how best to modify their DISC-style.

My response depends on many factors, but it must always include their DISC profile.   For example, creating a “Top 3” list of what behaviors to start and stop doing, based on one’s natural DISC-style, is often a great place to start. It can provide an excellent starting point for more focused efforts towards becoming even

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Basic Profile Types to Better Understand DISC Styles

 

There is no one best way to identify styles of others. This webinar focuses on the six basic profile types as another way to help us understand the DISC profiles to be more successful in our interactions.

Overview

Senior Trainer, Christina Bowser and CEO of Extended DISC Markku Kauppinen discuss the six basic profile types as a way to better identify the DISC styles of people. In this webinar

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Understanding Context is Critical When Applying DISC

Recently I was talking with my client, Jack, who had questions about the D-styles.

He asked me if there were any softer descriptors for them than words such as “direct,” “independent” and “fast-paced.” Apparently, a few of the D-style attendees in Jack’s training sessions expressed concern that others may perceive these descriptors negatively within the organization.   They did not want to

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Why DISC should not be called DISC test

One of the greatest things about the DISC model is that it is completely nonjudgmental.

It does not differentiate between the DISC profiles as being better or worse. The DISC styles are just different. The descriptors used to identify the different DISC styles are simply words. For example, D-styles are described as “independent”, I-styles as “talkative”, S-styles as “patient” and C-styles as

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