Imagine having an instruction manual outlining a secret code that could predict how people will behave in a wide range of situations — including how they will react to you. What if this code not only demystified why you click with some and clank with others, but also revealed the type of work environments where you are likely to thrive?
Such a framework actually exists and is the basis of a simple behavior model known as DISC, according to Angela Deitch, president of Angela Deitch Consulting and secretary of the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) of Princeton.
The subject will be the source of a talk, “Taking Flight! Master the DISC Styles and Transform Your Career, Your Relationships. Your Life,” presented by Merrick Rosenberg of Team Builders Plus on Monday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Cost: $60. For more information call 609-844-0200 or go to hrma-nj.shrm.org
According to the website discprofile.com, DISC is a personal assessment used to improve communication. The program involves answering a series of questions that produce a detailed report about a person’s personality and behavior. DISC is an acronym for:
• Dominance — relating to control, power, and assertiveness;
• Inducement — relating to social situations and communication;
• Submission — relating to patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness; and
• Compliance — relating to structure and organization.
According to discprofile.com, a DISC profile can help:
• Increase your self-knowledge — how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems;
• Learn how to adapt your own style to get along better with others; foster constructive and creative group interactions;
• Facilitate better teamwork and minimize team conflict;
• Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to customer styles; and
• Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members.
Rosenberg, a speaker, facilitator, performance coach, author, and entrepreneur, co-founded Team Builders Plus in 1991 and has worked with people at all levels, from line staff to senior managers.
He has worked with more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in 44 states and around the world.Rosenberg has also worked with government agencies such as the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Interpol, the U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
As president and chief learning officer of Team Builders Plus, he has led his organization to be selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies and best places to work in the Philadelphia region, says Dietch. Under his leadership, Team Builders Plus was recently selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz magazine.
“This session teaches people about themselves and their coworkers in a way that has never been done before,” says Dietch. “Participants will learn about themselves and each other through four engaging characters: the Office Eagle, Office Parrot, Office Dove, and Office Owl. They will discover their own behavioral style, and appreciate how they can take flight with DISC.”