A DiSC analysis provides an overview of our different worldviews, strengths and limitations. But are you clear on how you can benefit from a DiSC analysis at work? Read our experts’ answers to what you can do with DiSC.
What you can use DiSC for
“A DiSC profile is a mental mirror that shows me how to become wiser about myself and others,” Jesper Staack Krab, partner at People & Performance, says.
Therefore, DiSC is a tool for self-reflection, through which you will gain a broader understanding of the behaviours you prefer to follow and how these affect your work performance. By reflecting on your DiSC profile, you can develop your personal and work-related skills and relationships, while becoming aware of your limitations and how to turn these into strengths at work.
Learn to understand yourself and others with the DiSC report
The DiSC model consists of four basic behavioural styles: Dominance (D), Influence (i), Stability (S) and Competence-seeking (C). Our personalities contain elements of all four behavioural styles. However, one or two of the styles will typically be more pronounced than the others; particularly under pressure, this will be evident.
Your DiSC report can help you optimise your understanding of yours and others’ behaviours, stressors and motivators:
“It is a trap to think we all see the world the same way. If you do not know the differences among colleagues, you may be surprised when collaborating. Our DiSC profiles are the lens through which we each see the world. The analysis helps you and your colleagues to understand the differences and use them to become a strength”, Jesper Staack Krab says.
The DiSC report thus gives you an insight into what characteristics you have as an individual and how these are viewed by your colleagues. You will learn more about yourself and how you are seen, which will strengthen your understanding of your work role and how you work with others in the workplace.
Create better collaboration with DiSC
In workplaces, collaboration is an important catalyst for a homogeneous workforce that can work effectively with each other.
“If you focus too much on the task, you might forget how to solve it – it has to be done through collaboration. Collaboration should be a professional part of everyday life, but it is often overlooked and then it becomes difficult to solve problems,” Jesper Staack Krab says.
Collaboration must be a professional part of everyday life, and DiSC is a tool to strengthen this collaboration. In this way, DiSC can act as an integrated tool, as it creates an understanding of others’ preferences, but at the same time, it also creates a basis for solving problems together.
“Most people have experienced that one or more people in a collaboration are different from themselves. The typical reaction when doing a team profile is that you can see that these people have different profiles. At the same time, you can also see that they have different profiles when they talk about their experience. DiSC helps to recognise differences and you learn to use these to achieve synergies,” Jesper Staack Krab says.
DiSC is thus used, among other things, as a tool to avoid employees becoming frustrated by having different views and perspectives on things. Diversity is transformed into a strength and is no longer a limitation. In this way, DiSC is a simple and accessible tool that gives employees a common, tactical perspective on how to work effectively with differences.
Get new perspectives on change processes with DiSC
At People & Performance, we believe that DiSC can be a great asset when companies undergo change processes. The National Research Center for Work Environment (NFA) describes how change contributes to uncertainty, even though the change may be necessary for a company’s efficiency and development:
“Although change is frequent, it is not something that employees can easily get used to, and major change in the workplace is a significant risk in the work environment,” a research article by the NFA states.
“The reason why change creates uncertainty – both for the individual and in a collaborative environment – is because when we as humans come under pressure, we retreat into what we know. The paradox is that we want something new, but we typically seek out the familiar when we are under pressure,” Jesper Staack Krab says.
Change is thus difficult to adapt to, but DiSC is also a useful tool here, as it provides a new perspective on the change process:
“Change challenges us and it is important to understand how people react under pressure and adversity. A DiSC analysis can help understand preferences, and it brings a human aspect to the change process, as you get to see how people can work together or not,” Jesper Staack Krab says.
“It is therefore important for people to be aware of their own reactions under pressure and in adversity. People seek control, and this control is lost during change. The energy that is otherwise tied up in frustrations, insecurity, lack of motivation or other emotions is transformed through DiSC sessions into control and concrete actions for how we can handle the change and our own emotions”, Jesper Staack Krab supports.
Understanding DiSC preferences ensures better performance
In the workplace, it is important to understand why others react in a way that you may have a negative reaction to. The DiSC report helps you to understand why your colleagues become frustrated or stressed and explains how they will typically act in such situations.
“The strength of gaining a greater knowledge of DiSC is also to gain an understanding of where we as people differ from each other and learn to recognise the different DiSC preferences in a work context, thus reducing the risk of misunderstandings and miscommunication between each other”, Danni Pharao Munk, Senior Consultant at People & Performance, says.
Through the DiSC report, you will have the opportunity to practice new behaviours that will optimise the way you match with other colleagues. The report provides tips and advice on how to ensure that collaboration and performance are strengthened.
“DiSC analysis can give us a nuanced insight into and prediction of an individual’s preferred ways of acting and give an indication of what skills we can bring to get maximum benefit from our cooperation with other people,” says Danni Pharao Munk.
Choose between different DiSC products
People & Performance is an authorized Everything DiSC® partner. We offer a wide range of DiSC products to help your business create clearer communication in the workplace, prevent misunderstandings and improve performance. If you are not sure which DiSC product is right for your particular challenge, our expert consultants are always on hand to offer advice and guidance.