5 Reasons Why DiSC Experts Still Need Certification

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Tell us if this sounds familiar:

You love Everything DiSC®.  You’ve been facilitating Everything DiSC® in your organization for many years and you know the theory and applications inside and out.  Everyone relies on you as the local go-to expert for DiSC.

It seems like you have everything locked in, so why would you want to invest in certification?  What more could you possibly learn?

After 16 years of facilitating Everything DiSC®, we had the same thoughts.  At first, when the opportunity for certification landed in front of us, we were excited.  But then we wondered, “what more could we learn to make the investment worthwhile?

Well, from day one, we were floored with the depth of the content and quality of learning platform!  It’s amazing!

So today we’re going to share five of our biggest takeaways that every DiSC® expert can learn from certification.

#1: You don’t know what you don’t know

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Sometimes you need a compass to guide you to further knowledge

Over the years, our clients rave about how accurate and relevant the Everything DiSC® tools are.

Key to this success is Wiley Publishing’s commitment to validate their tools with on-going research. New research means new discoveries. What we learned in certification is how new research changes how we facilitate and talk about Everything DiSC®.

There is specific terminology to better describe Everything DiSC® and old terminology to strike out of your script. For example, in the past, we would guide people to respond to the profile questions and think about a specific role they play.

Today, technology is able to capture the whole person, so today, we no longer instruct people to think about a specific role when taking their profile.

Another correction we learned is not to label people or name them by their DiSC® Style. For example, instead of saying,”George is so D” it is more appropriate to say, “George relates strongly to the Dominance behavioral style and prefers a direct communication style.

You will love the new research and how it impacts how you teach the concepts in the classroom.

#2: Understanding Why

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Learn the technical aspects of DiSC use strategies

As a DiSC® expert, you probably get a lot of questions.

  • “Why is Everything DiSC® different from Myer’s Briggs?”
  • “How come there are four main behavioral styles?”
  • “Why do I relate strongly to a style that is not reflected in my graph?”
  • Why, why, why…

Dr. Mark Scullard, Director of Research at Wiley Publishing, describes certification as a way to get under the hood and take a closer look at the engine that drives Everything DiSC®.

One of my favorite parts about certification is understanding the technical aspects of the model.

For example, did you know that Everything DiSC® is built upon 2 axis and therefore generates 4 main behavioral styles? Other tools that may appear more complex are built on a model with more axis and therefore have more styles.

We also learned the definitive answer to the most asked question, “Does your dot move over time?” The answer is specific and surprising.

Take your guess by posting your answer in the comments below.

We will share this answer with you in the upcoming live certification in Honolulu. (You are signed up for the certification, rightGet in now while you can!)

#3: Networking and Personalized Attention

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Build connections and relationships to help bring your DiSC skills further

Certification cohorts are designed to be small groups of no more than 12 people. Why?  This so that you have an opportunity to build your DISC network and also so that you receive personalized attention.

You can be in a certification session with a 20-year DiSC® veteran on one side of you and someone brand new to facilitating DiSC® on the other. This means that you will learn both tested methods and fresh ideas in your certification session.

This network of DISC® users will be your go-to group to bounce ideas off of whenever you need a new perspective or even some good advice.

#4 Build Your Resume by Adding Credentials

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Become the professional you were always meant to be

All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.

– Tom Peters in Fast Company

It is important to continue to build your personal brand. Certification is an opportunity to build your brand as being an expert in your field.

Certification is evidence that you have put more energy into developing your DISC® knowledge and that you have validated expertise. Learning new information and building skill is an investment in your future.

At the end of this certification, you will own the certification. It will be your personal designation. So, if you are looking for a new job or promotion, you will be able to say that you are an Everything DiSC Workplace®, Certified instructor.

Sure, people can teach DiSC®, but a certified instructor has more value since you invested in yourself and there is evidence that you have taken your expertise to the next level.

#5 New Ideas

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What ideas can you generate from certification training?

Your company loves DiSC® and your employees are asking for more.  So, what should you do next?

Certification provides you with more DiSC® tools beyond the facilitator’s kit. Certification is rich with experience, new perspectives, and new ideas.

At certification, your facilitators will provide you more ideas, but many of the fresh ideas come from the participants.

For example, we transformed one of our group activities in an Everything DiSC® class with an activity done by a facilitator in Guam. Her version of the activity included a fun creative twist which made the activity clever, exciting, and it got people thinking out of the box and laughing more!

Our class became new and improved with new ideas from our certification experience.

How do you get certified?

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Sign up for Everything DiSC Certification before the spots fill up!

If certification sounds like the right step for you, then you’ll want to be sure to get in on the upcoming DiSC® Certification live session happening soon right here in Hawaii.  We have a brochure with lots of details on the specific curriculum which you can download by clicking here or on the image to the right.

We’ve set up four sessions over the next year, but there are only 12 spots so you’ll want to sign up quickly so you don’t miss out.

You can get all the information and sign up by clicking here.  It will have all the upcoming dates and details for you to get involved, certified, and bring your Everything DiSC® skills to the next level.

See you there!

3 Effective Ways to Make Everything DiSC® Stick

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When a client goes through a training class featuring Everything DiSC®, there is one question we get more than any other.

Can you guess what it is?

No, it isn’t, “Why are you guys so amazing at teaching Everything DiSC®?” (but that was a good guess).

Believe it or not, the most common question we get is: “How do we make it stick?”

And if you think about it, that makes total sense.

When you start to undertand Everything DiSC®, you naturally want to utilize what you just learned and make good use of the experience.  There is nothing worse than having an amazing session and then going back to “business as usual” with communication in the office.

If you’ve gone through the Everything DiSC® training, then you already know that it creates a more open environment.  This is one of the things people love most about the experience; colleagues become more understanding of one another, embrace each other’s strengths, and laugh about what used to frustrate them.  It’s easy to see why you want to keep those good vibes going.

So when we get questions like, “How do we make sure people don’t go back to their old ways of communicating?” we get it. It is a cause for concern, because you want to maintain the momentum.

But how?

Well, today is your lucky day!  By the end of this article you’re going to learn the top 3 ways (in order of importance) to keep the Everthing DiSC® good juju flowing in your workplace.

And it all starts with finding a champion in your organization …

1. Certify someone in your organization with Everything DiSC®

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Get certified in how to use Everything DiSC®

While we love teaching Everything DiSC® to people like you from all types of organizations, we didn’t become experts overnight.

I wish I could promise that a four-hour class would magically create perfect communication, free your team from complaints, and make everyone completely value each other’s differences.  As you’ve probably noticed, people and organizations do not transform their behaviors after just one workshop.

And while they do begin the process of changing and adapting, by using the language of DISC and practicing a few techniques, the reality is, people transform over time.

As they hit new levels of mastery, they need new tools and techniques to take their communication skills to the next level. Can an outside training or consulting company help you roll out this type of training?  Sure.  But it is no replacement for having an in-house champion for Everything DiSC®.

We are the champions … of Everything DiSC®

A champion is someone who works with an Everything DiSC® consultant to build knowledge and make the application of Everything DiSC® more relevant.

There really is no substitute for having a person on staff that understands how to build the concepts into your culture.  They are able to be hands-on to trouble shoot and coach your team with quick mini training sessions.  Plus, it is a big money savings when you can respond to day-to-day challenges with solutions that positively impact teamwork and customer service.

So, how do you develop your own Everything DiSC® champion?

It’s a simple process and the smartest place to start is by helping your HR department, training department, and operations managers go through the Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification.

There are two ways to do it:

  1. Online certification with a virtual cohort.  This consists of four two-hour modules, over the course of four weeks.
  2. In-person training sessions in Hawaii over two consecutive eight-hour days.  (And did we mention it’s in Hawaii?)

We’re going to get into more details on exactly what you can expect with certification in a future article.  But in the meantime, be sure to check out our four-part series by Treanna on her experience going through the certification process as a member of Generation Y.  It is a great look behind the curtain at how certification works.

And what happens once you’re certified?  First, you’ll experience a significant boost in confidence and competence when delivering Everything DiSC® training.

But even more important is how effective having a certified champion is to maintain the benefits of Everything DiSC® in your organization’s culture. If you want to keep the concepts going strong, then this is step number one.

But what is step number two in helping make Everything DiSC® stick?  I’m so glad you asked … 🙂

2. Actively use MyEverythingDiSC.com

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Utilize the online resources with Everything DiSC® at MyEverythingDiSC.com

One of the challenges for those who go through Everything DiSC® is not knowing how to take their knowledge to the next level.

What if you aren’t able to get certified, but still want to make sure you can continue your mastery of the Everything DiSC® principles?

Well, that is where MyEverythingDiSC.com comes in. When you complete an Everything DiSC® Profile, you receive access to this unique online learning tool that helps you continue your personal mastery of Everything DiSC®.

Not only does it help you learn more about understanding behavior styles, but it also helps you use it to solve everyday challenges you may have when working with people. You can get tips on getting buy-in from others, learning about other people’s working style, the history of Everything DiSC® and even more about the research itself!

And best of all, it’s completely FREE!

Setting up your MyEverythingDiSC.com account

If you’ve taken an Everything DiSC® Profile, but are not sure how to set-up an account, then just follow these instructions to get it going:

  1. Click on the link you received in the email when you received your Everything DiSC® Profile.3 Effective Ways to Make Everything DiSC® Stick - TH!NK Training - MED 01
  2. This link opens the website where you took your Everything DiSC® assessment. Click the “Go to My EverythingDiSC.com” button.3 Effective Ways to Make Everything DiSC® Stick - TH!NK Training - MED 02
  3. This opens the MyEverythingDiSC.com website. Click the “Create an account” link below the Sign In button.3 Effective Ways to Make Everything DiSC® Stick - TH!NK Training - MED 03
  4. Enter all required information, and then click the “Create an account” button.
  5. An activation email is sent to the email address you just entered. Open that email and click the “Activate your account on MyEverythingDiSC.com” link.
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  6. The MyEverythingDiSC.com site opens, logged in to your account, with a welcome pop-up displayed.3 Effective Ways to Make Everything DiSC® Stick - TH!NK Training - MED 06
  7. Your report is now located in MyEverythingDiSC.com, with custom content that is enabled by your Everything DiSC program administrator. Access to site features will depend on what has been allocated for your profile by your administrator.

A quick note: If your completed profile is not loaded in your account after completing the process mentioned above, go to the My Reports page and enter your Report access code (located in your email or on the cover of your report). Then press the Add button. (If you continue to experience difficulty creating an account and importing your profile, please contact your Everything DiSC Program Administrator.)

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it …

Once you’ve set up your account, be sure to check out MED 17, a fun little resource that helps you make the most out of MyEverythingDiSC.com.

We challenge you to download MED 17, and tackle one challenge a day for the next 17 days.

We promise you will be more knowledgeable about Everything DiSC® and have many more strategies for using it as a daily part of your communication.  Keeping yourself up to date with Everything DiSC® is one of the best ways to make sure it sticks with your organization’s culture.

So, now we’ve covered two great ways to keep your momentum going with Everything DiSC®.  Our final method involves making sure that your new employees also get the benefits that Everything DiSC® has to offer.

3. Use Everything DiSC® Comparison Reports when on-boarding new employees

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Use Everything DiSC® to help on-board new employees

When new employees are on-boarded into an organization, it often involves a long period of downloading and uploading a wide variety of company rules and information.  And, unfortunately, this process is often glossed over, or even overlooked all together.

But this period of new beginnings is also the perfect time to show a new employee how much you value how they feel in their new work environment.  Lucky for you the Everything DiSC® Comparison Report does just that!

It helps a manager emphasize how important people and relationships are to the company. This makes the new employee immediately feel appreciated. The report kicks off the conversation about expectations when communicating and relating to each other.

A quick scenario

Imagine it is your first week on the job at your organization and your manager invites you to a one-on-one meeting.

He/She takes a look at you and says, “We are so excited that you have joined our team. I want you to know that across the company we take pride in knowing each other’s strengths.  We truly value proactive conversations about working comfortably and effectively with each other.”

After a slight pause while you absorb what that means, they continue.

We are people and we understand that things won’t be perfect around here.  But, if we start with being open and straightforward, we have a better chance of making this a positive and productive relationship for all of us.

As a new employee this sort of exchange not only makes you feel valued, but it helps you feel understood.

With the Everything DiSC® Comparison Report, the conversation to learn about each other’s communication styles, work philosophies and conflict management, becomes more relevant.

Steps to apply it in your on-boarding process

Here are a few specific steps you can take to apply the Everything DiSC® Comparison Report in you on-boarding process:

  1. Within the first week of a person being hired, ask your EPIC Administrator to invite the new hire to take an Everything DiSC Workplace® Profile.
  2. Prior to the new hire’s first day of work, their manager should already schedule a meeting time to debrief this report and have a conversation about the Everything DiSC® Comparison Report.
  3. Prepare for a the conversation with these key questions:
    • Based on your DISC results, what are the tops 3 items that I should know about you?
    • As we look at each behavior continua:
      • What roadblocks might we face?
      • How will we benefit from working together?
      • Are there any tips listed that you would appreciate me to do?

With this on-boarding process in place, your new hires are able to excel at their jobs and integrate into their teams.  Plus you will have established an understanding of how to bring out the best in their performance.

Keeping Everything DiSC® alive in your organization means new employees build a foundational understanding of how it can contribute to their work experience. It is a great way to make sure that DiSC sticks with your team.

What are the next steps?

If you are reading this article, you most likely already love Everything DiSC®.  But you probably want to make sure you take full advantage of your training.

Here’s a quick rundown of the steps we just covered to help you keep the momentum with Everything DiSC®:

  1. Have a certified Everything DiSC® trainer in your organization to maintain and implement Everything DiSC® with your teams.
  2. Take advantage of the FREE MyEverythingDiSC.com online tool to keep up with the latest in Everything DiSC®.
  3. Help new hires succeed by utilizing Everything DiSC® as a part of their on-boarding process.

While these aren’t the only ways to make Everything DiSC® stick, these are the most effective and easiest strategies to implement and apply.

The steady, incremental results will be noticeable, and if you stick with it and keep reinforcing DiSC in your organization, they can even be exponential!

We’d love to hear how implementing these strategies work for you.  What results are you getting?  What are you struggling with?  How can we help?

Leave a comment below with your experiences, or contact us to see how we can help you bring Everything DiSC® to the forefront of your organization’s culture and communication.


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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)