In today’s post, I answer a question from a podcast listener about personality styles.
Hi Chris. Thanks for the podcast. From your teaching, our team is reading “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. We’re exploring questions like the following:
- What are our collective strengths?
- What are we collectively passionate about?
- What services are demanded by the market that utilize our strengths and passion?
Please know we appreciate you, your team, and your teaching.
I had a quick question regarding personality styles. My wife is a college professor. We enjoy teaming up to support professional educators. Do you feel that the teaching of the DISC profile can help professional educators in high school or college?
Thanks for all you do! – Michael Prosario
Great question, Michael! First let me applaud you for your choice of exploring the teaching in Good to Great with your team. This book is VITAL for business growth!
As for DISC helping teachers, HECK yeah! I’ve had conversations with many teachers who struggle with the chaos that takes place in the classroom. Some kids need a lot of extra time while others are always bored which can lead to causing trouble.
Each time I ask a teacher the question, “Are the kids who get in trouble actually getting their work done faster than everyone else?” The answer is typically yes. Then I ask, “Do the kids you have to spend time with always ask a ton of questions?” Again, it’s a yes.
Then I share with them how to split up their room according to personality style. You see, the kids who get their work done quickly become bored, so they talk to others. Next thing you know, they’re in trouble because they can’t sit still.
The high D and I personalities process very fast, therefore they get their work done and don’t spend a lot of time asking questions. The problem is, they usually miss details so some of them have scores that aren’t as high. Not all, some.
The high S and C personalities take considerably longer to process, and they need extra details to understand exactly what it is they are learning. However, they get those details, so some of them tend to have higher scores. Again, some.
High school and college students have considerably more to worry about on a daily basis, so the process becomes more difficult. They contend with distractions that come from relationships, jobs, and for college students, being on their own for the first time.
You have to prepare your lesson to speak and relate to ALL personalities. Prepare ahead of time for the possible number of questions you’ll get from the C’s and S’s. Have something for the I’s and D’s to do when they are done. Maybe extra credit work since their scores are probably low from not asking enough questions…
To find out a ton of incredible information on how each personality style works, check out my new in-depth Personality Styles Video. And be sure to get your DISC Personality Profiles at the best price around!