Up Your Game With Everything DiSC®

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So, you’ve completed an Everything DiSC® Workplace profile. You may have even joined a class to get you up to speed on the styles of Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. As a leader, you understand how behaviors in the workplace impact productivity, innovation, and comfort.

So, now what?

As a manager, are you masterful in the key areas of communication, managing performance, leading people, coaching, resolving conflict, and building strong teams? How do you apply Everything DiSC to “up your game” in these 6 key areas of leadership?

Well, there is a lot that you can do to apply Everything DISC® to be more effective.  A good place to start is getting to know what companion DiSC tools are available to lean on.

Did you know that there is an entire family of Everything DiSC® profiles, each designed for a particular purpose? Using the right DiSC® assessment at the right time can help you and your team increase creativity, collaboration, and camaraderie.

Start navigating the top Everything DiSC® tools with these questions DiSC practitioners ask the most.

Question #1: What is the difference between Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders® and the Everything DiSC® Management Profile?

The Everything DiSC® Management Profile helps leaders strengthen their leadership effectiveness in one-to-one relationships.

The feedback report helps people understand how their DISC style influences their approach to essential functions of management: directing & delegating, motivating others, developing others, and communicating up to their manager.

When to use it: This is an excellent tool to be used in management classes, leadership classes, and coaching.

The Everything DiSC Work of Leaders® profile focuses on a leader’s ability to communicate effectively in one-to-many environments. Furthermore, Everything DiSC Work of Leaders® gives people feedback on how their DISC style influences the way they create a vision, align people to a vision, and execute a vision.

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Everything DiSC Work of Leaders® gives people feedback on how their DISC style influences the way they create a vision, align people to a vision, and execute a vision

We used this assessment with a group of executives before their strategic planning session.

During the session,  the Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders Group Report revealed to the executives their strengths and weaknesses in creating, aligning and executing a vision. As a group, they scored high in the areas of Creating a Vision: Boldness and Exploration. They also scored high in the area of Execution: Momentum.

But their results also reflected their typical practice when, in the past, they would create a vision for a project.  They usually rolled it out quickly and employees resisted the new ideas and plans.

By seeing their data on paper, the executive team quickly realized ways to boost their effectiveness.  They needed to test their assumptions with their direct reports. Senior leaders needed to get more feedback about how to implement the plan. They needed to create more structure for implementation. More dialogue would create more buy-in. Therefore, vision implementation would be more successful.

When to use it: Use both assessments in management classes, leadership classes, strategic planning, and coaching.

Question #2: As a leader, which assessment should I use to analyze my leadership skills?

Everything DiSC 363® for Leaders is a multi-rater assessment. It is designed to give feedback on leadership performance.

Why 363?

The last 3 in 363 is symbolic of one of our favorite features of this assessment. The Everything DiSC 363® report provides the leader a list of their 3 top strengths and 3 priority challenge areas.

Everything DiSC 363® for Leaders provides leaders with 26 pages of feedback from 4 groups of raters: manager, peers, direct reports, and others.

What are others?

The “others” rater category can be used for other people in the organization, vendors, and customers. The rater feedback is summarized and compared to the leader’s self-rating. The report shows feedback by rater group.  Specific rater feedback helps the leader assess how he/she is doing with each rater group.

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Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders, Breakdown of Raters

A common problems leaders face

Often leaders end up asking a common question after a 360-degree survey:  “What do I do with this information?

Great news! With 363, the leader receives valuable information about their top 3 strengths and their top 3 areas of development. Each area of development includes strategies that can help the leader improve in their challenge areas.

When to use it: We love to use this tool as a pre and post assessment in management courses, leadership courses, and executive coaching.

Question #3: How do I help two people see that much of their conflict is coming from not appreciating each other’s DiSC® styles?

The Everything DiSC® Comparison Report is one of the best tools to help people start building a more comfortable and productive working relationship. The Everything DiSC® Comparison Report allows any two Everything DiSC® participants to see their similarities and differences in a series of different continua.

What is a continua?

A continua is a model that shows a gradual transition from one behavior to another without any abrupt changes. Here is a snapshot that shows a continua for the behaviors of daring vs. careful:

Everything DiSC® Comparison Report: Behavior Continua
Everything DiSC® Comparison Report: Behavior Continua


Use the comparison report to generate the most meaningful conversations by talking about their biggest differences based on their style. It is especially relevant since the report guides participants to talk about their similarities and differences.

Overall, the purpose of this report is to improve communication and efficiency, while reducing tension and misunderstandings.

Question #4: Is there a way that I can see all of my team member’s styles at a glance?

Yes, many of our managers want to be able to see their team’s DiSC® styles at a glance. Two reports,  Everything DiSC® Group Culture Report and Everything DiSC® Facilitator Report, can help.

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These reports can help you see their team’s DiSC® styles at a glance


As you can see, the main difference between the two reports is that the group culture report does not identify the participants by name in the report.

Question #5: How do you use the Everything DiSC® Facilitator Report or Group Culture Report?

Maximize the use of these two reports after the class and in future department meetings.   These reports are a healthy and constructive way for teams to talk about their strengths and challenges.  You can guide your team to a more meaningful conversation with the report’s questions-focused team culture.

Here is a quick reference guide to help you maximize your leadership effectiveness with Everything DiSC tools:


Applying Everything DiSC to 6 Key Areas of Leadership
Applying Everything DiSC to 6 Key Areas of Leadership

Case Study: The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii

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Bram Begonia from the Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii, in an interview with Chad Lovell (TH!NK’s Ambassador of Buzz), shares how Everything DiSC® training from TH!NK helped their organization develop a more cohesive team.

The Issue:

As a Management team, we identified a huge opportunity to work better in our one on one interactions with each other and as an entire management team. There are about 30 Managers on our Management Team. As an example, in the business meeting, we realized it always went long. Sometimes we’d go off on a tangent or stray from the agenda. We noticed some people would ask a lot of questions wanting more detail and others loved to answer questions. The meeting kept going in circles. It felt unproductive and inefficient. We were spending way too much time going back and forth. What was happening?

Coincidentally, the Human Resource Team sought Everything DiSC® to enhance internal team building and dynamics, and to help resolve communication issues on their small team of four. After the Human Resources group started seeing the benefits of the training and started using the tools they learned, they highly encouraged the Director and Management team to undergo the training. We understood the way we worked together needed to change. So the Management team took a chance on Everything DiSC®.

The Solution:

All 30 Managers including the Directors took the Everything DiSC® Workplace training, which was completely eye-opening. First, you learn things about yourself that you already know but are further confirmed. Then you learn things about your personality that maybe you don’t want to know or hope are not true about yourself but you realize is probably accurate. Finally, you start learning about your co-workers and how they view things and why they react and do some of the things they do and say some of the things they say. Uncovering and sharing respective DiSC styles shed so much light on why those meetings would take so long. The “C” folks in the room always asked more questions because that is what they do. The “C” folks love the details and want to uncover every possible ramification of a possible decision. The “I” person perceived they were being helpful by answering the questions and the “I” loves talking. The “I” person also is focused on how the team feels and may not want to make a decision and tries to make sure everyone is heard. With three “C” personalities and one “I” personality at play, we finally understood why the meetings went on for as long as they did. It all came down to how people work together based on their DiSC® style.

We followed up the Everything DiSC® Workplace training with the Everything DiSC® Comparison Report. This further allowed us to better understand – and relate – to differing communications styles. This hit home for me personally because the tool helped me connect stronger with my newest staff member. By acknowledging her style, we’ve been able to communicate more clearly with each other to achieve our department’s goals. It has also provided coaching opportunities to assist and guide in her professional development. It’s a win-win scenario. We also start with a clear foundation of understanding what potential pitfalls we may have when we make decisions and communicate with each other in looking at our comparison report.

The Results:

Everything DiSC® has made employees feel more confident about how they communicate with each other. Before you come into my office, you can see my DiSC® profile next to my door before you enter. You will know what I respond to and what my style is even before entering my office to discuss issues or to solve problems. I, in turn, can bring up a profile of a person I will meet within the next few days so I can prepare to have better success in finding a solution when I know what the potential communication roadblocks there might be. This has fostered positive team building and allowed groups to create stronger connections with one another to accomplish the work that has to be done.

We are much more efficient in the way we do things, giving us far better use of time, to truly focus on those activities that deliver value to our customers at the Kroc Center Hawaii. When employees work well together and are happy, our customers are happy.

Teams inherently appreciate the perspective each individual bring to work and they’ve learned how to leverage the talents of each team member to achieve our business objectives.

Our Center Facilitator has taken the DiSC® training knowledge help her to understand she needs to spend more time to bond with team members, which has increased team morale, loyalty, and productivity. The staff is willing to pitch in when duty calls whether it’s during the workday or in the middle of the night – because the manager has taken the time to get to know the team members and fully understand what makes them tick.

As an organization, we are better equipped to engage and seek input from one another to quickly arrive at solutions. We’ve been successful in minimizing frustration within teams while encouraging a collective approach to problem-solving and team building. Everything DiSC® has transformed our workplace for the better and there are more benefits yet to come once more team members take the profile and start using the tools.