Simple DiSC®, Delegation, And Project Management - Part 1

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I use DiSC when delegating?
  • How do I use DiSC when managing a project?

This cast describes how to delegate and manage projects more effectively based on the DiSC profiles of your team members.

Cast Note: This cast does not address in detail each of the four general styles of behavior suggested by the DiSC behavioral profile. We'll take a minute and give a quick overview, but you'll probably want to know more. For that, please refer to our series of 4 casts to get much more detail on the model and how each of the 4 "styles" behaves. And, we do provide a way on our site to order and take the DiSC assessment. We price it lower than most websites do, because we're more interested in you learning your natural behavioral preference than we are in making money from it.

Two of the most frustrating "lessons" when we're starting out as managers are ones that many of us ignore. The first one is, "Hey! Not everyone is just like me!" Some of us just ignore it, rely on our power, and struggle through with less than ideal relationships with our team members. Some folks Mike and Mark know never change this behavior their entire careers. And the second one is closely related to it, but still different: "Hey! Not only is everyone not like me . . . they're not like each other, either! THEY'RE ALL DIFFERENT!"

If we want to be effective as managers, we've got to manager everyone who works for us as an individual. [Hey – maybe we need to meet with them one on one every week ;-) ] And using the DiSC profile, the best behavioral profile and communication tool we know of, makes one to one managing within all of our reach. Here's how to use DiSC in a simple way.


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Follow Up Questions

Mike/Mark,

Thank you.  This was an incredibly useful cast.   I have two follow up questions:

1.  I've listened to all of the casts related to DISC and still find it difficult to distinguish someone's profile unless I know them fairly well. 

Do you have any guidance on ways to elucidate a direct or peer's preferences? 

2. Is it possible to have an opposite preferences (eg. high I and C or high S and D)?

 

Another model I've found very useful is McClelland's Theory of Needs.

 

Best,

L

Response to L

Hello L,

I've listened to Manager Tools for more than a year now, and one of the first sets of podcasts to which I listened was the DiSC model set.  I've found that it can be effective to force a trait out just a bit.  Send a really long email to the person in question and see not how he responds, but if he responds.  This will give you an idea of whether this person is a high I or high S.  If he doesn't respond to a couple long emails, most likely he is high C or high D.  The next thing you want to do is talk to this person very quietly.  If he talks back really loudly and becomes sort of over-baring, he is most likely a high I or high D.  If he responds at the same quiet level, he is probably either high S or high C.  It isn't very scientific, but it will at least give you a starting point for further research.  Oh, and I'm pretty sure that you are a high C based on your need for more information.  Can you tell what I am based on my response?

Nick

For me, you don't need this

For me, you don't need this kind of self-help disc to be a very good and efficient manager. It is all about instincts and experience. - Missed Fortune