A Generation Y’s Perspective on Everything DiSC® Certification – Part 4

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Week 4 of 4: Pre-Work and Live Session 4

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with an education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Here is the end of the month long road for Everything DiSC® Certification! So many feelings and new information to share with the world, but before we go out and conquer the world we must get past live session 4. At the end of live session 3, we were made aware of our project presentation where we need to prepare for an engagement by working through a few steps and share with our classmates our outcome. Don’t let the 60-90 minutes’ timeline scare you, it shouldn’t feel long if you really enjoy your subject!

Pre-Work for Week 4

Now, the pre-work for live session 4 discusses how to keep DiSC alive in the organization and creating a culture of DiSC. We were also introduced to an amazing tool, myeverythingdisc.com, which is an online site where participants who have taken Everything DiSC Workplace® Profiles, can load up their profiles into their account and request comparison reports with just about anyone! I love this tool and it is very user friendly and effective for really working on adapting or working with different styles. An effective tool that benefits everyone!

Live Session

Working on this project, I created a fictional group that could benefit from a training of Everything DiSC Workplace®. The main goal of this project was to combine the information I learned in the previous three weeks and apply it to a group. I had to use a needs assessment to ensure that I focused on the needs of the group and create an action plan designed to meet the learning needs of my audience.  This exercise helped me focus on the needs of this fictitious group. I was enthusiastic and comfortable with sharing my action plan.  I received a lot of invaluable feedback as well.

When our final live session was completed, it was time to take the 40 question test.  Did I pass?   Yes, with flying colors.  I enjoyed being tested because it built my confidence that I had a strong working knowledge of DISC.

Future Facilitator Lesson

As a facilitator, I learned the following:

  • It is vital to really understand your audience and how to mold that training session so that it completely benefits that group.
  • You are not just teaching facts, but guiding them on a journey to building better relationships.
  • Always give your best and value workplace relationships so that you can see everyone effectively growing together.

My learning journey has come to a full circle, and my deep understanding of Everything DiSC® will take me on a positive path for effective relationships

Gen Y Lesson

As a Gen Y, I learned that learning never really ends. While traditional schooling may end, there is always learning to be had at work.  The real work begins after the class to apply what I learned in my personal and professional arenas.

I am so honored and so blessed to have had this opportunity! Special thank you to Sarah & Cindy for encouraging me to take on certification and being very supportive throughout this whole process. Thank you to everyone at Wiley for offering such an amazing tool to learn and thank you to Jeannie Bril for crafting and perfectly executing our 4-week program!

When I look back at week one, I remember how eager and excited I was to actually start this certification program, and what I got out of it was nothing short of my expectations. This is a great program to go through and the knowledge is endless. I send my best wishes to all DiSC participants and the eager fellows who in the future, take part in workplace certification.

-From your favorite Office Genius (almost mastermind), Treana \m/

INTERESTING IN BECOMING CERTIFIED?

Click on the Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification Brochure to download more information on Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification!

Below are available dates for upcoming classes. Email info@think-training to sign up!

  • July 10 – August 7, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT)
  • September 11 – October 9, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 8:00 – 9:30am CT)
  • October 12 – November 9, 2017 (Live session each Thursday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT)

A Gen Y’s Perspective on Everything DiSC® Certification – Part 3

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Week 3 of 4: Pre-Work & Live Session 3

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker

Here we are, the halfway point! This week’s focus of the Everything DiSC® Certification was on developing the ability to assess the needs of a client or group and prepare customized activities to meet those needs. This is known as conducting a needs assessment which is what our pre-work included this week.

My Week 3 Experience

Luckily for week 3, the pre-work was a lot less in comparison to week 2. There was a new platform in which they used for one pre-work assignment. This platform was very interactive and user-friendly. Once you clicked on the assignment, it takes you to a separate window where it is very colorful and inviting. This is something you can’t just click through; you have to read the content to continue. It was a nice break from the usual skim through and click. *But of course, I didn’t do that 🙂 The lesson from it was very helpful to what we had to prepare for during our next live session.

Pre-Work for Week 3

While reading the assignments, everything was based on a needs assessment. I thought to myself, “what is a needs assessment?” This is what we needed to prepare for our live session. A needs assessment is used to understand the existing circumstances, desired outcomes, determine if there is a training need, and to prepare an appropriate program for the group. To conduct a needs assessment, you first need to gather information and consult stakeholders, then identify the need and clarify the focus. From there, facilitators can design the program. The importance of the needs assessment is to really understand the group and how to effectively work with them to reach their desired outcome. Speaking from my DiSC style, this seems like common knowledge to conduct this process before training, but when you think about it in other styles’ perspectives, it could be beneficial for many different reasons.

Live Session

In live session 3, we would have an opportunity to practice adapting to other styles. Going into live session 3, I felt pretty confident because I was able to complete all of the pre-work and go through my profile and choose which style I wanted to practice adapting to. I am a CS and chose to adapt with an I style, the style that is completely opposite of me. I found the tips on page 13 of my profile very help and strategies that I could use often. Luckily enough, someone in my small group during the live session was an I style and we gave each other insight on how we view each other’s efforts to create a more effective relationship. The collaboration during this class is very insightful and effective to keep DiSC® alive and well in the workplace.

Also in our live session, we shared different activities on how we can play around with DiSC®. There were many creative ideas that we bounced off of each other to create a dynamic activity. Our group decided to create the DiSC® circumplex and have participants write on post-it notes the characteristics of each style and place it where they think it goes. This allowed for conversation and a deeper understanding of the DiSC® circumplex. The other groups also had great and very fun activities to share.

Future Facilitator Lesson

In perspective of becoming a facilitator, my biggest take away from week 3 is the importance of the needs assessment. Understanding your group or audience can really impact the way DiSC® is being perceived. If anyone were to just go through the routine and say you’re done, there is nothing very beneficial from that. If a facilitator took the time to understand the audience and group and identified the focus, participants will have a greater take away from that training session. A little food for thought for all facilitators out there.

Gen Y Lesson

In perspective of a Gen Y, my biggest takeaway is that if you can’t relate it back to the group, the information becomes irrelevant. I have learned that if something isn’t relevant to a person, they will “check-out” of that conversation and just listen but not understand.  If you want to get a point across to a group, it is really important to have relevance with their issues and your topic of choice. Making the connection will go a long way for knowledge and effective use of the DiSC® tools.

It is amazing how much information we learned in just these 3 weeks. During this part of the training, self-reflection feels like a vital key when approaching the end. It is critical to take the time to think about how far you have come. Whether you are a DiSC® veteran or a first-time eager beaver, the amount of information you learn and keep under your belt is information that can be used in all aspects of life. Such well-rounded human beings we are becoming huh? 🙂

INTERESTING IN BECOMING CERTIFIED?

Click on the Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification Brochure to download more information on Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification!

Below are available dates for upcoming classes. Email info@think-training to sign up!

  • April 17 – May 15, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 9:00 – 10:30am CT)
  • June 1 – June 29, 2017 (Live session each Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30am CT)
  • July 10 – August 7, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT)
  • September 11 – October 9, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 8:00 – 9:30am CT)
  • October 12 – November 9, 2017 (Live session each Thursday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT)

A Gen Y’s Perspective on Everything DiSC® Certification – Part 2

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Week 2 of 4: Pre Work & Live Session 2

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” – Malcom X

My Week 2 Experience

Week 2 came by faster than a hiccup. Luckily enough, I started my pre-work right after our first live session. Things started to get a little busy outside of my Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification training so finding the hour and a half to get all my pre-work completed for the upcoming live session became one of my first challenges of the journey.

Challenge #1:  Time Management

I faced two challenges this week.

My first challenge was completing all of my pre-work, which consisted of reading and online quizzing.  Since this certification is designed to help me be a better facilitator of Everything DiSC Workplace, I needed to take the time to understand and apply the concepts I was learning. I am the type of person that will re-do tasks until they are perfect.  Eventually, I finished all my pre-work for the live session the night before (not recommended) and this is very unlike me. Challenge #1, defeated.

Challenge #2:  The Case Study

At the end of our first live session, we were assigned a case study to read, take notes, and share our conclusions in our second live session. The case study helped the facilitator unmask and answer the tough questions we might bring up during a training session. I had two other group members who were assigned different case studies, which gave us the opportunity to learn and bounce ideas off each other.

I was a little skeptical about this process and scared that maybe my ideas would be wrong, but I discovered that every opinion and idea matters! When it came to my time to share, I felt  confident with my comments and thought I made valid points. My group members agreed with me and shared their thoughts on my case study. This educational environment felt safe and I am no longer scared about sharing my opinions. This experience built my confidence to share exactly what I know because with all of the knowledge and background information I am learning from this class, I know exactly how to assess a situation such as the one in my case study. Challenge #2, defeated.

Future Facilitator Lesson

As a future facilitator, my biggest take away from week 2 was the research behind the Everything DiSC Workplace® profile and how you get your dot placement. This helped me to anchor my understanding of how the tool works and built my confidence to answer the deeper DiSC® questions that can only come from knowing what drives the model.

Gen Y Lesson #1

As a Gen Y, my take away from week 2 is related to my quote above. If you don’t come prepared, you will not get the learning experience you should have gotten. If I had not completed my pre-work for week 2, I would not have fully learned all of the valuable information I did learn. Being prepared for anything in life whether it be in school, work, or your personal life, you’ll always be a step ahead. Being prepared really helps to further your learning experience and I think it is something Gen Y’s forget about. We come in thinking that we mostly have the information we need, but we really aren’t all that prepared. I think it is a great lesson that not only Gen Y’s can learn, but everyone else as well.

Gen Y Lesson #2

I believe all journeys have their challenges and everyone must conquer them to reach their goal. In my Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification training, I am learning new information that I never thought I would  know, but I am also learning a lot of personal life lessons that will eventually come in handy in my future. So embrace today’s challenges and conquer them so it will make you better for your future self!

Interested in becoming certified?

Click on the Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification Brochure to download more information.

Below are available dates for upcoming classes. Email info@think-training to sign up!

  • April 17 – May 15, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 9:00 – 10:30am CT)
  • June 1 – June 29, 2017 (Live session each Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30am CT)
  • July 10 – August 7, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT)
  • September 11 – October 9, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 8:00 – 9:30am CT)
  • October 12 – November 9, 2017 (Live session each Thursday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT)

A Gen Y’s Perspective on Everything DiSC® Certification – Part 1

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Week 1 of 4: Pre Work & Live Session 1

“One of the great responsibilities we have as a society is to educate ourselves, along with the next generation, about which substances are worth ingesting, and for what purpose, and which are not.” –Sam Harris

When I was first approached by the owners of my company to go through certification training I agreed in a heart beat. Mainly because I wanted to learn a new skill and grow myself in the workplace, but also to get a deeper understand of Everything DiSC®. Young adults around my age have no idea about DiSC® and when I am asked about it, I get a weird look and I assume they are thinking “So, you teach people how to get along?”. I just want to scream at them and say YES but it is cooler than that!

Certification started with an email inviting me to our virtual classroom. There is a bliss in the simplicity of this site. It is very easy to navigate through and organized.  I am a CS style and this means I thrive on checklists.  This online certification platform lists the activities I am required to do and checks them off automatically when I complete the challenge. How great is that? Yes, I was amazed as well.

Now, my love for this experience only grows more.  This is a flipped classroom experience.  A flipped classroom encouraged me to learn the lesson a week before the class.   I was required to complete the activities before our live session because in the live session, we discuss the items we learned from the pre-work activities.   This new flipped classroom approach of teaching created more space for my own thoughts, interpretations, and possible comments I would make during the live session. I felt confident and prepared going into our first live session.

In my first live video session with my cohort, we were asked to place our name on a map of the world to show our geographical location. The participants were from all around the world, and I was amazed by how Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification brought us all together.   The live session was very interactive and felt like an actual in-person classroom. The facilitator popped in and out through the different groups, and shared ideas with the rest of the participants through our whiteboard presentation online! Everyone in this live session was highly engaged and participation never ended.

From the perspective of becoming a facilitator, my biggest take away from week 1 is that knowledge is endless. The other participants provided insights on a variety of topics and used examples to explain different concepts.   It helped me gain wisdom on how to become a well-rounded facilitator. Knowledge is what gets me very excited to continue learning and growing through this experience.

From the perspective of a Gen Y, my biggest take away is the Everything DiSC® Profile. The information, the science, and the technology all put into this profile makes understanding people so simple and gave me strategies on how to get along with others. Gen Y’s seek resources for development and this is the tool to learn!   The cornerstone principles of Everything DiSC® highlight the meaning behind this tool. It creates awareness to be equally valuable, how other factors influence each person, and how to understand yourself and others to build those effective relationships.

To answer the question, “So, you help people get along at work?”  I say with enthusiasm “Yes!”. DiSC® teaches you how to get along with people, but it also teaches you how to understand yourself so that you can better understand others to create comfortable and effective relationships. Gen Y’s seek a level of love that involves constant feedback and gratitude and if you effectively use DiSC® and give that level of love based on their style preference, a Gen Y’s experience in the workplace will be fueled by their level of love that is received. Understanding their style and how to reciprocate their needs will make a Gen Y feel like they are valued in the workplace.

 

Interested in becoming certified?

Click Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification Brochure to download more information about Everything DiSC® Workplace Certification.

Below are available dates for upcoming classes. Email info@think-training to sign up!

  • April 17 – May 15, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 9:00 – 10:30am CT)
  • June 1 – June 29, 2017 (Live session each Thursday from 10:00 – 11:30am CT)
  • July 10 – August 7, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT)
  • September 11 – October 9, 2017 (Live session each Monday from 8:00 – 9:30am CT)
  • October 12 – November 9, 2017 (Live session each Thursday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT)