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For Everything DiSC® Facilitators: Using Everything DiSC to Build High-Performing Teams

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On high-performing teams, team members understand, appreciate, and value the different strengths each team member brings to the team. There is a high level of respect and trust. This leads to a willingness to engage in the kind of dialogue and debate that results in new and better solutions.

Everything DiSC® can be an excellent tool for helping teams accomplish the behaviors above and more. Here are some ways you can use Everything DiSC to increase team performance: 

  • The ability to be vulnerable, share weaknesses, and admit mistakes is a key element of building trust. During an Everything DiSC session when team members are sharing from their narrative around their style and priorities instead of just asking them to share something that resonates with them, ask them to share one or two things that resonates with them and has helped them be successful (strengths). Then ask them to share one or two things that is true of them and has tripped them up in the past (weaknesses). In addition, have them share a specific example of when one of the strength characteristics helped them and a time when one of the weakness characteristics tripped them up.
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  • Because we are hardwired to trust those who are similar to us, it is important that team members identify similarities – especially ones that are not readily available. As follow-up to a session, ask participants to meet one and one to review their similarities and differences using the Colleagues section of Everything DiSC on Catalyst or using Comparison Reports. What participants often find is that they are more similar than they expected. Exploring how they are different helps them move from judging to valuing those differences – another important aspect of functioning as a high-performing team
  • Use this activity to further develop the value that different styles bring to the team and to help people identify the strengths that each style brings to the table. Form small groups of participants by style. Assign each group a work-related problem or situation. Ask them to identify the strengths their style would bring to solving the problem. Then ask them to identify the strengths that the style opposite of them on the DiSC map would bring to solving the problem.  

This is just three examples of how to use DiSC to build more effective teams. The opportunities – both during a training session and in day-to-day activities – are endless. If you would like to explore how you might implement Everything DiSC to help your organization build more effective, higher-performing teams, please reach out 

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