DISC tells us about Team Effectiveness
The key to understanding the makeup of your team and each member’s unique strength is a common format for identifying and understanding each person’s work habits, strengths and communication preferences. Using this information allows for a clear understanding of who is capable of delivering upon the expectations of the team.
There are many ways you can classify people through observation and identify what “type” of person they
are. One of the most common theories addressing styles of communicating is the theory of DISC. Derived
from the early work of William M. Marston, the theory has since been applied to the world of business and
used in a number of different ways to better understand, appreciate work with and manage people.
In team building, utilizing the theory of DISC helps team members truly understand why everyone is
different, what each individual’s strengths are, and how each person contributes to the team. Remember,
communication is more than what someone says. In fact, communication is more about what people do, or
how they act. DISC considers all aspects of communication, from the words we use to how body language
affects communication. By providing a common language with which to speak about our differences, DISC
allows us to recognize other “types” of people, understand them better and leverage their strengths. With
DISC, the team can be more cohesive, more productive and more efficient.
DISC also allows us to look at team dynamics in a whole new light, making sure that a well-rounded group
provides all the strengths needed for success, and each member is in a role that suits them best. Which
person is best to lead? Who should handle the details? What is the best combination for small work groups
within the team?
With DISC, it is easy to identify team dynamics to begin strengthening your company’s biggest asset. Even
if you have a team of star performers, they are only reaching half of their potential if they don’t work well
together. Imagine the possibilities if everyone came together to work effectively as a team.
Contact us about how to implement DISC within your organization. Call us at 901-757-4434.
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