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The DiSC Profile and The Essential Elements of Teamwork

The DiSC Profile and TeamworkThe DiSC Profile & The Importance of Teamwork

We all know how important teamwork is and that it is essential to the successful operations of any organization. However, the definition of team work is something that not everybody agrees with. After all, it is more than just working together, because people have their own roles, skills and special talents and it isn’t just about doing each person’s job. There are a few key items that you must get right in order to have effective team work. Focus on these, and you will find your company becoming more productive and efficient and your staff becoming more engaged. To help you focus you can use The DiSC Profile to discover more about yourself, your team, and the elements of creating team success.

How to Collaborate 

Collaboration literally means working together. However, it doesn’t mean you have to do every task somebody else doesn’t have the time for or struggles with. Collaboration is about solving problems and setting direction.  Each team member has a unique way of doing things. Sometimes these unique differences are easily accepted and some may even complement each other. But many times teams find that differences can also cause confusion, conflict, or frustration. An online DiSC Profile provides a framework to make sense of their differences.  They will learn what to expect from others and the best way to get what the team needs.

“The power of teamwork dynamics is engaged when the leadership team members come together to focus collectively on goals, issues, challenges, and problems. Team leaders must carefully manage the processes of team meetings in order to maximize the power of the collective knowledge and skills of the team members.”
Ten Critical Success Factors of Teamwork

In other words, it is about leadership and management setting clear goals, understanding what everybody can – and can’t – doing and distributing tasks accordingly. In doing so, everybody is able to work to the best of their abilities and develop themselves, as well, by working together with other members of their team.

Trust and Commitment 

Trust and commitment are key elements to good teamwork. Employees need to trust each other. People need to know that they can rely on each other, particularly during stressful times. At the same time, individuals need to know that if they help someone out, it is because the other person genuinely isn’t able to complete the task, and not because he has actually been slacking on the job.  The original DiSC Assessment has been used for years to help team members recognize the occasional need to adapt their DiSC style to the people and situations around them.  Participants can quickly see how certain situations may require them to stretch beyond their natural tendencies and the DiSC map helps them to understand why it may be draining to do this on a regular basis.

Everybody on a team is motivated by different things.  The team will be more committed and successful when each member knows to get what he or she needs out of the process. DiSC assessments help participants identify the things that drive their success on a team. Using DiSC, participants learn to appreciate the role that their environment has on their motivation. Each team member will discover how to capitalize on their particular motivators in a way that makes the entire team more energized, dynamic, and successful.

“Each member must devote a reasonable amount of time and energy to advancing the team’s mission and must be able to trust that all other team members are doing the same. Mistrust stemming from unbalanced workloads can lead to petty political moves, such as high performers slacking off to close the gap between team member outputs.”
Elements for Effective Teamwork by David Ingram, Demand Media

Trust is hugely important in all areas of work, also in terms of developing effective communication and interpersonal relationships.

Enabling Environment

A work environment has to be enabling. Three core requirements exist in order to create this environment. First, it requires capability, meaning that each individual has to have the skills and experience required to do their job, while the employer provides the right resources. The second element is accountability, meaning that it is very clear who has responsibility for what and that people live by these responsibilities too. The last element has to do with principles.

The DiSC Test teaches you about your DiSC style and provides workplace-specific information on your priorities, tendencies, needs and strategies to increase your effectiveness when trying to connect with your coworkers.  The result is more effective and productive working relationships.

“The agreed rules, processes and norms which help shape and govern how the team works together to achieve its goals. These principles provide the glue which keeps the team together, and the necessary clarity and structure from which greater creativity, efficiency and risk-taking can emerge.”
Nine Essential Elements for High Performance by Lindsay McKenna Limited
 

Shared Vision

Many people feel that developing a vision is a pointless exercise–a case of having meetings for the sake of meetings. However, having a shared vision is actually incredibly important and will generate stronger and better team work.

The DiSC Personality Test can help us understand a tremendous amount about ourselves and others.  DiSC is a powerful tool that is easy to understand and simplifies the complexity of human behavior.  The value of the DiSC Personality Test is not so much that people learn how they view themselves and their situation, but that people learn more about how they feel and behave in their environment.  Behavior can change or be adapted if an individual changes their perception of the situation but there are many consistencies in behavior across a variety of situations.

“All team members share and support a common vision that the team is working towards. Team members are highly focused on attaining objectives. High performance teams have developed a vision that brings real meaning to the work that is being performed. The vision describes a future state that team members find personally appealing and exciting. Defensive visions such as “keep our jobs,” or “retain market share” are not particularly inspiring. Teams need a winning vision–one that inspires team members to extraordinary efforts when such efforts are required. Developing an inspiring vision is an essential first step to achieving high performance.”
High Performance Team Essential Elements

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