Merry DiSCember!

Welcome to our Holiday Fun and People-Reading Holiday Series!

We’ve created this fun exercise to help you and your team to celebrate, build and practice your DiSC knowledge.  We have secretly ascertained the DiSC styles for some holiday characters and personas that we’ve all come to know.   In the graphic above you’ll see the characters on the left side.  Every couple of days we will post several characters from the list to the DiSC map – and share DiSC tips – so play along!  If you’d like to see the original post click here.

Round 1

Here are the characters we’ve added this round.  How close were your answers?

  • Frosty the Snowman
  • The Grinch
  • Mr. Potter
  • Mrs. Claus

The final team DiSC map will be revealed on December 22nd!

Comparing Styles

Grinch and Frosty - DiSC Map

Building your knowledge of DiSC is best accomplished when you work through comparing your style with the styles of others.  After completing an Everything DiSC assessment, an Everything DiSC Comparison report can be created to show the similarities and differences between two people.  Below are two comparison reports: one for Frosty working with the Grinch and a second one for The Grinch working with Frosty.

Frosty's Comparison Report

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The Grinch's Comparison Report

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DiSC Tips — For the D and i Styles

While Frosty the Snowman and The Grinch are mixed styles, “iS” and “DC” respectively, understanding the basic traits of their primary style would help Frosty and the Grinch work more effectively together.  Below are some fantastic tips to keep in mind for two styles: “D” and “i”.

Working Effectively with the “D” Style Working Effectively with the “i” Style

When Trying to Connect

  • Make efficient use of time
  • Focus on the topic at hand and avoid going off on tangents
  • Expect candor

When Problems Need to be Solved

  • Be aware that they respond well to bold or daring ideas
  • Avoid suggesting unrealistically positive scenarios
  • Focus on the big picture and avoid over analysis

When Things Get Tense

  • Address issues quickly and directly
  • Resist the urge to give in to their demands just to regain harmony
  • Avoid taking bluntness personally

When Trying to Connect

  • Be open to collaboration
  • Recognize the value of their energy and enthusiasm
  • Find ways to recognize them so they feel well-liked and appreciated

When Problems Need to be Solved

  • Remain optimistic while considering all potential issues
  • Show them that you’re open to creative solutions
  • Expect spontaneity

When Things Get Tense

  • Avoid personal attacks that could escalate the conflict
  • Acknowledge the importance of their feelings
  • Let them know that your relationship is still solid despite your differences
Adapted from Wiley Publishing’s Everything DiSC Workplace Interaction Guide.  “DiSC”, “Everything DiSC” and “The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team” are a registered trademarks of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.