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.
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®
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:
- Online certification with a virtual cohort. This consists of four two-hour modules, over the course of four weeks.
- 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
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:
- Click on the link you received in the email when you received your Everything DiSC® Profile.
- This link opens the website where you took your Everything DiSC® assessment. Click the “Go to My EverythingDiSC.com” button.
- This opens the MyEverythingDiSC.com website. Click the “Create an account” link below the Sign In button.
- Enter all required information, and then click the “Create an account” button.
- 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.
- The MyEverythingDiSC.com site opens, logged in to your account, with a welcome pop-up displayed.
- 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.)
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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®:
- Have a certified Everything DiSC® trainer in your organization to maintain and implement Everything DiSC® with your teams.
- Take advantage of the FREE MyEverythingDiSC.com online tool to keep up with the latest in Everything DiSC®.
- 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.