Category Everything DiSC Solutions

Our New Capabilities to Help You Navigate the New World of Work

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It goes without saying that the world has changed dramatically for all of us in these last 5 to 6 months.  Many of the well-laid plans we had in place for 2020 were disrupted if not downright demolished.

We have all had to become more resilient, more agile and flexible, and certainly more digital than ever before.  Now that we have been into this crisis for more than a few months, it is apparent that this situation will be a marathon and not a sprint.

In the short-term, many organizations had to put aside their plans to grow and develop their people to deal with the urgent needs of the moment due to the global pandemic. However, not preparing your people to deal effectively with the new world of work is not sustainable. This email outlines just a few of the new, enhanced capabilities we...

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Why the Pre-Hire Process is Really About Planning

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Think about the last time you ventured out to find a new job. Did you come across postings that seemed as though they were written a decade ago?

You know what we’re talking about, right? It’s not that the job descriptions are entirely out of date, though sometimes they are. It’s more that what was once an emerging skillset is now an accepted norm in the workplace. Yes, we do know how to use the Internet! Does that mean we get the job?!

Perhaps the company that posted the job descriptions from 10 years ago hasn’t given much recent thought into what they are now and who they want in the new role. And they really haven’t considered how the needs of the position have changed with time. For a prospective candidate, that would be a turn off...

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What Your Personality Tells You About Working Remotely

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Whether we’re fans of it or not, working from home has become a reality that’s here to stay—with or without a crisis. While some personalities lend themselves well to working from home, others have a more difficult time adjusting to remote conditions. Regardless of all the questions surrounding the work from home trend, such as, “Will this become the new norm,” one fact remains clear—remote work requires increased communication, connection, clarity, and understanding.

Working from home also means flexing outside of our comfort zones. It might, at times, require more empathy towards our colleagues, different ways of interacting, more frequent check-ins, and finding new ways to meet our daily needs.

For some personality types, working from home is probably like winning the jackp...

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Make the Most of Meetings Using Work Style

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As so many of us are working remotely, meetings might be the only chance we have to really “connect” with our coworkers. But the truth is, running productive virtual meetings that leave people feeling clear, comfortable, and understood can be a challenge. This post addresses how to make the most of virtual meetings through understanding everyone’s work styles.

We really liked the tips given in Dori Meinert’s article on SHRM.org, “7 Steps to Running Better Meetings.” Some of these include limiting the number of participants (fewer than eight is ideal) and making sure everyone gets a chance to participate. An HBR article with a similar topic, “Why Your Meetings Stink—and What to Do About It” by Steven G...

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Making Stress Work for You

Every day, we are inundated with ideas on how to reframe our perspectives around different issues. A new diet to help reframe our relationship with food, a digital course on how to change the way we manage finances, a self-help book on how to better understand where your spouse is coming from during an argument. All of these are great solutions for certain people in certain situations. But what about an actionable way to reframe something that affects all of us?

We’re talking about stress.

No matter how much or little, we all experience stress on a daily basis. For some of us, it can be debilitating. For others, only a mild annoyance. Whichever camp you fall into, stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. We all experience it in different ways, shapes, and forms...

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Thriving Through Crisis: Managing Self, Managing Others, Managing the Business and Productivity

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In this uncertain and challenging time, many people want to know how best to:

  1. manage their own emotions,
  2. support the people they lead and/or influence, and
  3. somehow remain productive and focused despite these unprecedented circumstances.

Suggestions for Managing Yourself During a Crisis

At this point, I’m sure you’ve received enough advice. You don’t need to be told to self-quarantine and keep your social distance or to wash your hands and stop feeling fear. All of these things are wise to do of course, but I thought I would summarize some helpful suggestions in a series of posts for Thriving Through Crisis: Managing Yourself, Managing Others, and Managing Your Business and Productivity.

In all of the leadership training and coaching my team and I offer, we take a Whole-Person” ...

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Leading with Emotional Intelligence: Gain the Agile EQ Edge!

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Let’s face it, most leaders are struggling with the volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous world of work today. As a result of this turbulence, every company, leader, and employee needs to be on the lookout for an edge that will allow them to manage the chaos and succeed despite it.

That edge for leaders and teams is emotional intelligence. “Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict,” according to Dan Siegel, mindfulness and EQ expert. Daniel Goleman, author of many leading-edges resources on emotional intelligence has stated that “EQ is 7 or more times more important than IQ for leadership success.”

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Making Stress Work For You

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Every day, we are inundated with ideas on how to reframe our perspectives around different issues. A new diet to help reframe our relationship with food, a digital course on how to change the way we manage finances, a self-help book on how to better understand where your spouse is coming from during an argument. All of these are great solutions for certain people in certain situations. But what about an actionable way to reframe something that affects all of us?

We’re talking about stress.

No matter how much or little, we all experience stress on a daily basis. For some of us, it can
be debilitating. For others, only a mild annoyance. Whichever camp you fall into, stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. We all experience it in different ways, shapes, and forms...

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Why Competence Is NOT the Most Effective Way to Lead

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“Warmth is the conduit of influence.” 
~ Cuddy, Kohut, and Nefinger, HBR July/August 2103 issue

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.  The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
~  Carl Jung

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” 
~ Daniel Goleman

“Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” 
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

“I like to combine the dra...

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The Secret That Exceptional Influencers Know – Dialogue Skills & DiSC

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“One must not be afraid of a little silence. Some find silence awkward or oppressive. But a relaxed approach to dialogue will include the welcoming of some silence. It is often a devastating question to ask oneself, but it is sometimes important to ask it – “In saying what I have in mind will I really improve the silence?”
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Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant as Leader

“The void created by the failure to communicate is soon filled with poison, drivel, and misrepresentation.”
~ C. Northcote Parkinson

“A basic tenet of a healthy democracy is open dialogue and transparency.”
~ Peter Fenn

“A conversation is a dialogue not a monologue. That’s why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet.”

~Truman Capote

“The secret to...

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