Everyone who works in a team knows it: there are colleagues with whom one gets along wonderfully. And then there are those colleagues with whom you never really warm up, but with whom you have to come to terms somehow. Well, do you know it? In working life there are all kinds of Types of people and sometimes whole worlds collide. This would not be a problem in itself - if it were not for the common goals that have to be achieved.
Avoiding unfriendly colleagues in the office often does not work. Instead, you have to find ways to facilitate cooperation and achieve the best possible results together. This is exactly where DISG comes in. Behind DISG there is a simple model or practical principle that sensitizes you to working in a team with different types of people. In this magazine article you can find out exactly what you can imagine and how you can use DISG to your advantage.
What is DISG?
In the first step, under DISG, imagine a model that analyses and classifies human behaviour. It is based on four different types, to which certain Behavioural tendencies or even so-called behavioral styles. The four letters stand for the following personality types:
- D - dominant
- I - initiative
- S - continuous
- G - conscientious
You can find out which of the four types you belong to by answering a questionnaire. Depending on the provider, this questionnaire can consist of twelve or considerably more word groups. In one word group, for example, four personality traits are given to you. Now you have to evaluate which characteristic fits you the most.
To do this, you give each of the four characteristics a score - the characteristic that gets four points describes you best, and the characteristic that gets only one point describes you worst. Thus, three points are awarded to the characteristic that fits you second best, and two points are awarded to the characteristic that fits as second worst. According to this scheme you proceed with all word groups. It's really quite easy, isn't it?
As evaluation you will receive a picture with three diagrams. These show you which of the four DISG types characterizes you primarily. At the same time you will find out how many shares of the other three groups are slumbering in you.
The four DISG personality types
Based on the Personality tests it is thus determined which of the four personality traits - dominant, initiative, steady, conscientious - is most pronounced in your personality. We tell you how the four types differ from each other:
D - dominant type
As a dominant type you are characterized by attributes such as willpower, responsibility, determination and ambition. You are committed, innovative, like to make decisions and are up for challenges. You are also willing to take risks and do not hesitate for long - your strength lies in speed. No wonder, because you are impatient and you are not good at waiting. Your interaction with other people is very direct - why beat about the bush?
Dominant types love variety and demand their freedom. An analytical approach is not one of your strengths, nor is serving by the book. Instead of carrying out your duties, you prefer to give the orders. You may seek power and like to see yourself in leadership positions. You have plenty of power! However, your self-confident appearance can make you appear inconsiderate and arrogant to others.
I - initiative type
As an initiative type you are the relationship person par excellence. You love to surround yourself with friends and family and to build a large network. Recognition from others will make your self-esteem soar. You are extremely outgoing, charming and optimistic, and you are able to inspire others with your passion, enthusiasm and positive energy. As initiative type you like to be the center of attention. You want to have fun at work and it is easy for you to make new contacts. Approaching strangers openly is no problem for you.
What you like less, however, is attention to detail and an analytical approach. Your work is rather unstructured, which makes others look partially incompetent. Your communicative style gets in the way from time to time, because not every conversation partner wants to listen to you for hours. You avoid conflicts. If a dispute threatens, you delay it as long as possible.
S - continuous type
As a steady type you are characterized by your friendliness, balance, helpfulness and level-headedness. Others can count on you: Whenever they need you, you'll be there. You are a great listener, patient and modest - the perfect team player who holds every team together. Harmony is essential for you. One of the reasons why you detest nothing more than fighting. You avoid conflicts. Change is not your thing either, you are looking for stability and a regulated environment.
leave management tasks to steady types prefer others, instead they want to work closely with people and support them. It's hard for you to say no, isn't it? You take a lot from others - this can lead to self-abandonment and cause quite a lot of stress in you. Now and then you are indecisive. Your careful, careful and emphatic manner seems to be easily predictable to others.
G - conscientious type
As a conscientious type you love logical procedures, accuracy, planning reliability and high quality standards. Whatever you do - it has a system and has been thought through many times before. Analytics and attention to detail are your thing, you are extremely hard-working, persistent and able to concentrate. Nothing motivates you more than knowing that something is going perfectly and exactly according to your ideas. Others appreciate the reliability and competence of the conscientious types.
Instead of working in a team, however, you prefer to work alone - this way you can live out your sense of order and focus completely without being disturbed. However, in the long run, your critical nature can lead to you becoming completely isolated. Sometimes you may even seem distant, reserved or even hostile to others. In addition, you sometimes lose your bearings because of your perfectionism. Then you do the right thing, but at that moment it is not important.
DISG in everyday work
Pretty interesting, huh? But how can you use the knowledge about the different types of people in your everyday work? Very simple: If you know how you tick and what makes the other three types stand out, then you can use your Understanding your fellow men better ...than we have in the past. A small example: As a very quality-conscious G-type, you meet an unstructured but extremely chatty colleague during a project work. Thanks to your new knowledge, you can intuitively assign the colleague to a human type. Normally your gut feeling does not deceive you. So now you know that it is most likely an I-type.
Now you realize, of course, that you will never change your proactive colleague - but you can adapt your way of communicating with him. Get involved with him, listen to him, show him appreciation. He will thank you by doing his best. Divide the tasks in such a way that everyone can contribute their strengths: While you work out the facts and figures, your I-colleague will present them at the presentation, for example. In this way you benefit from each other's strengths instead of getting on each other's nerves.
You see: With a little Knowledge of human nature à la DISG you can see through yourself and your colleagues and understand and improve your relationship. If you don't know which DISG type you are, be sure to check it out! Have fun!