The "D" in DiSC®
This is the first of 4 shows giving a high level overview of how to communicate with different behavioral styles at work. We recently used the DiSC® profile system to supplement the way we give feedback. This is a broader application of the four major styles of behavior in the workplace, and how to modify OUR behavior to be more effective with them. After listening to the show, print and use the information below to serve as a quick reminder of some of the key characteristics of the high "D".
Dominant Director Business Characteristics
- Prefer time frames
- Seek personal control
- Get to the point
- Strive to feel important and be noteworthy in their jobs
- Demonstrate persistence and single-mindedness to reach goal
- Express high ego strength
- Prefer to downplay feelings and relationships
- Focus on task actions that lead to achieving tangible outcomes
- Implement changes in the workplace
- Tend to freely delegate duties, enabling them to take on more projects
Dominant Director: Preferred Business Situations
- Like to call the shots and tell others what to do
- Like to challenging workloads which fuel their energy levels
- Tend to personally oversee, or at least know about, their employees' or co-worker's business activities
- Like to say what's on their minds without being concerned about hurting anybody's feelings
- Enjoy taking risks and being involved in changes
- Prefer to interpret the rules and answer to themselves alone
- Interested in the answers to what questions, not how ones
- Like to see a logical road toward increasing and ongoing advancement, since bigger is better to them
Discussion Forums As we discuss at the end of the podcast, we've noted that although many of our listeners really would like to engage in more meaningful discussions on management topics, the blog doesn't lend itself too well to the task. We've attempted to improve the situation by implementing discussion forums on our website. You can find the discussion forums here. We'd very much appreciate it if you would direct your questions and comments to the discussion forums vs. leaving them here on the blog or sending them to us via email. There are an awful lot of good conversations happening, particularly on email, that we would like to share with the broader Manager Tools community. If you have a particular challenge or question for us, it's very likely that others do so as well ... sharing your problems/questions on the discussion forum will allow all of us to benefit and learn!
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