Linda Houts, Certified DiSC Master Trainer hosted last Thursday’s A Taste of DiSC teleseminar. After walking attendees through their DiSC report, Linda offered the following DiSC Training Exercise:
Exercises using the Intensity Index
I am often asked how to keep the understandings and insights from a DiSC session fresh and useful in the day-to-day setting. It is important that employees get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and DiSC language helps with that. These exercises can be used in a one-on-one or group/team setting. They can also be used during the first ten minutes of a staff meeting if your objective is team building or developing more camaraderie. I am going to give you 2 different exercises that use the Intensity Index. Please turn to pages 5-9 (in the DiSC Classic 2.0) while I describe a couple of activities you can use.
Activity 1. Remember that page 5 is the index itself and pages 6-9 describe those words or phrases that are highlighted in each style category. Chose 2 words from each style or focus on your highest style depending on how much time you want to allow. Talk with others about how those strengths contribute to your success as a manager/team member/ or job specific. The second step is to discuss overuses for those same words. Overuses are when we allow it to become a weakness or liability. When has this same behavior gotten you into trouble with others?
This activity is described in the Everything DiSC Facilitation System for any of you who have it or are looking for a great program for understanding all the styles also with many applications.
Activity 2. Back to page 5. Focus on your situation – business/department goals, teamwork, managing others etc. Look at all the words in the Intensity Index across all styles. What behaviors are important to success in the focus you chose? Discuss with others how that behavior is important. Also discuss what it would take for you to adapt to that behavior. What stretches (do more of) will you need to make as well as what possible ways might you need to redirect do less of) your behavior? This is a particularly helpful discussion to help teams and managers identify what behaviors are needed for success given the business and departmental goals. The discussion is the most important part of this activity. Openness is fostered.