The beautiful horses pictured here belong to a neighbor to the southwest of us. The same neighbor who has dairy cows on the prairie.
I mentioned that we went through a DiSC training at the South Dakota Woman in Ag Conference. This was the second time I went through an in-depth assessment. My results from 2003 were very similar to the results from two weeks ago. Within DiSC, C represents those with conscientious behaviors. Some evaluations categorize these same characteristics with different colors; I’m green or “analytic”.
Strengths: thoroughly analyzes situations or problems, values accuracy, quality and correctness, following standards, systematic and logical, weighs pros and cons, task oriented vs. people oriented, doesn’t like sudden changes and prefers controlled work environments with exact job descriptions.
When interacting with others: C’s prefer things formal, tactful and diplomatic. They approach conflict subtly or indirectly, prefers “to the point” communications and don’t be late! Credibility is valued along with doing what one says they will do and providing follow through.
Potential Limitations: overly concerned with perfection, holds themselves and others to unattainable standards, takes criticism personal, needs time to process information before taking action and may get bogged down with “analysis paralysis”, strong need to control personal environment. C’s may come off as unsociable rigid, picky or critical.
If you are responding to type C people: Their favorite Question is Why?, minimize socializing and proceed with a focused business like manner, give accurate details, express clear expectations and deadlines, show dependability and loyalty. Conscientious people are introverted and frequently feel little need to affiliate with other people.
The 2003 assessment gave results on me personally: I’m motivated by an environment where I can perform to my own standards, enjoys positive interaction with many different types of people, needs to express thoughts and feelings to others, animated and enthusiastic in expression and seeks to find ways to interact positively in difficult situations. I like a moderate pace.
I’m discouraged by situations where my performance may be criticized, being held accountable for quality outcomes in situations I have insufficient control over, routine and repetitive task-work.
I don’t like situations involving hostility towards me and where my actions might lead to disapproval from others. I easily become defensive in these types of environments. I may attempt to overpower with facts and withdraw.
Going through the DiSC training at WIA was a great chance for me to go back and review my assessment from 2003. I find it fascinating to look at my profile and think “oh that’s why I behave this way.” It helps be me more aware of my personal weaknesses. It also guides me in knowing my strengths and using them to be the best version of myself I can be.
I realize that DiSC is a paper test, profiles can change over time and doesn’t fully account for the life experiences we’ve had, how people have influenced us and the mental or physical health issues we are dealing with. Also keep in mind, we all have a combination of all four profiles in us, some are just not as prominent as others.
Have you taken a DiSC training? What is your behavior profile?