Ever wonder how to build a successful team or why some teams win while others try but never really quite make it? It is not a secret that one of the biggest problems businesses face is the lack of purposeful and well-built teams. There is a myriad of issues that can arise from having the wrong people on a team: miscommunication, lack of trust, low morale, and high employee turnover, just to name a few. This can be a frustrating challenge and cause for concern to any business owner, especially when this negatively impacts customers. Fortunately, PeopleKeys DISC system can help businesses resolve this challenge and build purposeful, driven teams with the right people in the right seats. Here are 5 steps to get you started using the DISC system for building the right team:
1. Define the Personality Style of everyone:
At the very minimum, administer the DISC Personality Profile to every team member, including the team leader, chief executive or business owner. Why is this important? To understand others, you must first understand yourself. DISC is recognized as “the universal language of behavior,” and will help you and your teammates discover why each of you do what you do, your personality strengths and limitations, and how to improve your interpersonal skills with each of the 4 personality traits described in DISC theory.
2. Find out your group dynamics:
The Group Dynamics Report combines your entire team’s DISC profiles and analyzes them in one report to show how the most prevalent personality styles affect the team as a whole. If your team has too many of one personality style, this can affect the whole of the team, including productivity and other subtleties. For example, too many high D personality styles could cause dissention. Think of the adage “too many cooks in the kitchen.” You want to build your team with a range of personality styles of varying intensities to reduce conflict, and best utilize their strengths and communication styles.
3. Capitalize on each other’s strengths:
The TEAMS Role report reveals each team member’s internal, natural role and the key value each individual brings to the team. Gain an understanding and appreciation of each other’s unique talents, preferences, communication style, leadership qualities and limitations. To utilize the natural strengths of each team member, place them in the right roles, if not already positioned, to bring the best value to the team.
4. Make sure your team members fit your company culture:
The Values style report reveals each person’s core values. Assess the values of your team members to determine what drives them. Loyalty, equality, personal freedom, and justice are all needs-driven motivators that, when aligned with the core company values, can improve the productivity and morale of a team. The saying “one bad apple will spoil the bunch” can actually apply when it comes to values since they are deep-rooted in a person’s core being. This can be one of the most difficult factors for one to comprehend and adjust. Combining DISC + TEAMS + Values (3D Report) is a very powerful tool for building a successful team. Utilize the provided action plan for how to proceed with movement within your team.
5. Hire to fill in the gaps.
Now that you have assessed, and possibly restructured, your current team, utilize advanced predictive hiring technology to build your team into a well-oiled machine. The Behavioral Attitudes Index (BAI) Report provides insight into a person’s passions; how a potential new employee might fit in with the existing culture and team, and what role he/she would be most motivated to excel in. This is especially beneficial when adding “Millennial” employees onto your team. What motivates most members of this younger generation is much different than that of older generations. The secret is aligning the secret passions of Millennial Employees with their behavioral attitudes. Combine the BAI with DISC + T.E.A.M.S. + Values using the 4D Report to compare 1440 unique traits and behaviors, and have confidence in adding the missing link(s) to your team.
Give these steps a try and you might be surprised at what you find out. DISC could be the missing tool to your business development and growth.
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