June 2020 | Everything DiSC® is a highly memorable and easy to apply model. As facilitators, it is our job to ensure that this journey of learning is continued beyond the classroom and applied on an ongoing basis, to integrate it as part of an organisation’s culture.  Thankfully for us, DiSC is designed for deepened, ongoing learning. The following hints and tips are some of the ways that facilitators can encourage the continued use of Everything DiSC®

Debrief, debrief, debrief!! Firstly- every profile should be debriefed!  Whether this is done one-on-one or in a group facilitation isn’t important. What is important is that your participant has understood their profile, the intent of it, and has a clear path for further development.  We would also stress that the Supplement for Facilitators Report that comes with every DiSC profile is an integral part of this process and should be provided to every participant at the time of their debrief.  This supplementary report provides more in-depth, personalised information that helps participants better understand their dot position and priorities. It also provides information about additional strengths that are unique to this individual and will make your job as a facilitator so much easier!

MyEverythingDiSC.com: Following on from each debrief, you will give access to MyEverythingDiSC.com.  MyEverythingDiSC.com is a free, online portal that is available to anyone who has completed an Everything DiSC profile.  Learners can access their profile, request Comparison Reports with other team members, plot their team on a DiSC map for visualization, listen to podcasts and engage in activities to learn more about their DiSC style and the styles of others.  Best of all, this is a completely free and invaluable resource so there is never a reason not to. The only thing to note is that you would grant access to this after your session and not before so that you don’t have participants peeking at their profiles!   

Comparison Reports: You may choose to include Comparison Reports in your group facilitation as they are a great tool and a fantastic way to show the value of Everything DiSC in developing participants relationships with their colleagues.  However, once you grant assess to MyEverythingDiSC.com, participants can also run their own Comparison Reports, which are free and unlimited.

Review & Follow Up Sessions. Often questions come up after the initial session once participants have had time to process and analyse their results. Schedule follow-ups where participants can ask questions and delve further into DiSC.  This may be actual one-on-one or group follow up sessions, email check-ins or just passing on your details and an invitation to connect – the point is that the more you can encourage the language of DiSC and promote understanding, the better people’s uptake will be.

Review DiSC in team meetings. Allocate 10-15 minutes each meeting to look at profiles, discuss questions and ensure the language of DiSC is being used and understood. Remember: Everything DiSC® is a tool that can be used repeatedly, and you can create many conversations or questions to go with it for a team meeting.

Style Guides can be completed for everyone in the team, or even better the whole office, and placed near workspaces as a reminder and as an aid for effective communication.  These display a participants DiSC style plotted on the DiSC map as well as three self-selected tips for working effectively with that individual.  An alternative to this in the age of digital communication and hotdesking is having your DiSC style and map as part of your email signature.

Run a Group Culture Report (25 credits) to identify your groups DiSC culture and go through the “Issues to Consider” section and identify solutions. Put this somewhere that the whole team has regular access to.  Another similar tool is the Everything DiSC Facilitator Report (25 credits) that you would have run for your session.  We always encourage facilitators to leave this report with the team leader for further insights and understanding of the group.

DiSC in Depth.  This is a fun little game to refresh everyone’s memories on DiSC and the differences between the styles.  Incorporate these into team meetings or kick off your follow up session with this to test everyone’s knowledge.  The cards can be purchased from Intégro and used repeatedly.

Performance reviews – the most dreaded of check-ins.  Why not use their Everything DiSC profile to ensure constructive, non-judgmental feedback as well as research-backed insights and constructive strategies for development?

Additional Profiles. While the Everything DiSC® Workplace Profile is the usual starting point for most participants, it doesn’t have to be the end of the journey.  Expand on from DiSC Workplace with further profiles that are more specific to individuals’ goals and specific directions, e.g. the Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict Profile, or an Everything DiSC Agile EQ Profile®.  There are seven Everything DiSC Profiles available for use in your training arsenal, so download sample profiles from our website and start thinking about what would be the best next step for your participants.

Finally, always remember that communication is key!  It is what DiSC is all about – effective communication and improved understanding!  Therefore, leading by example is key, whether you are a facilitator or a leader in an organisation. Being open and transparent with regards to DiSC, acknowledging everyone’s value, and reinforcing the Cornerstone Principles is key to creating a positive DiSC experience, both during your session and keeping DiSC alive long-term.

Written by Samantha Pilz

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