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Managing remote teams with DISC

Posted on 2019-03-14

We live in a versatile economy. It’s not unusual for companies to hire on a project-by-project basis or let their employees work remotely. Thus, they are minimizing overtime pay and overhead, and in some cases eliminating costs associated with office space or tax laws. In return, their employees are enjoying a little flexibility, taking on more than one project at once, and often earning more than they would as a full-time employee with the company. Remote or temp employees and project-based managers are in more demand than ever. While many companies actually have a full-time project management office staffed with in-house professionals, it’s becoming the norm to hire project managers that may not ever reach a physical office or those who control remote teams, globally dispersed around the world.

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The Importance of Employee Engagement & 3 Ways to Boost It

Posted on 2019-03-05

Employee engagement has risen to the forefront of the minds of today’s business leaders and workers alike, leading many organizations to review and adjust their approaches to modern human resource management. Now more than ever, businesses view HR as a factor in economic success and thus hold it highly in corporate planning. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd has stated that HR “touches everything we do” and that “it's the company's lifeblood. It drives the company.” Accordingly, employee engagement has become an integral component of many HR plans, with 87 percent of organizations citing it as a top priority issue.

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5 ways to develop top talent with DISC

Posted on 2019-01-31

According to Sandy Kulkin, CEO and Founder of PeopleKeys, “People are different, but they’re predictably different.” They’re different in the ways they carry themselves, the ways they are motivated, how they interact with others, how they deal with stress, and even how they seal the deal. But on the other end of the spectrum, the various personality types have been prewired in our systems from the time we were born through our years of “adulting.” The experiences we encountered in childhood tend to dictate how we deal with stress, and our trust in others will come from the adversity we have faced over our lifetime.

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Benchmark performance for sales excellence with DISC

Posted on 2019-01-29

You’ve implemented various strategies, utilizing DISC methods for sales, leadership, and predictive hiring – but, now what? How do we gage our performance and determine the results of our efforts? How do we use these results to improve our business over time?

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What you need to know about Gen Z?

Posted on 2019-01-14

No matter the size of the company you’re operating, you will never do everything by yourself and will always depend upon people you hire. The saying that people are the most valuable asset of any business has proven its validity over time. Every business owner will rely on their employees to grow their company, so knowing your employees from different perspectives is always important.

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Using DISC for building global markets, part 3

Posted on 2019-01-13

Continuing our series on global expansion by utilizing DISC, we already reviewed the importance of DISC for strategic planning and applying behavioral analysis for hiring and teambuilding in part 1, and focused on some strengths of the different personality styles for business development in part 2. In addition, we must understand that some countries are more family-oriented than others. These cultures may be friendlier, ambitious and centered on people. Other cultures can be more impersonal – especially in business. They want to know numbers, there is very little eye contact and they can be somewhat aggressive. Short and to-the-point, we need someone to present them with the facts, while onboarding them for ongoing business initiatives. In addition, see also How do DISC styles vary by country.

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Using DISC for building global markets, part 2

Posted on 2019-01-13

Once we begin to expand into new territories, we need to really do our due diligence to understand the local communities, traditions, business practices, and hierarchy. We need to position our leaders, based on the needs of businesses in outside cultures. Keeping our teams integrated by hiring locals will eliminate much of our burdens in the marketplace. Keeping our teams happy will build trust in nearby territories. Together, we can position our brand for greatness and eliminate cultural discrepancies in the process. In Part 1, we discussed why DISC theory is important to globalization and gave few tips and tricks for teambuilding & interaction with “the locals,” and here we will continue to dig further in utilizing DISC in your global expansion.

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Using DISC for Workforce Optimization

Posted on 2019-01-02

As many organizations are finalizing year-end strategies and developing next year’s business plans, others have already taken a running leap into 2019 with iron-clad initiatives for growth and expansion. No matter which phase of strategic planning you are in, please don’t forget that “people” are our most significant investment and that our businesses are defined most effectively by our workforce. According to Human Resources Today, the macrotrends for workforce optimization in 2019 are dominated by record-low rates of global unemployment. Simply said, this means that workforce optimization, in a tight labor market, must be a top priority for any business entering the new year.

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How to cope with micromanagement using DISC

Posted on 2018-11-27

Coaches use DISC to understand the catalysts for micromanagement. Understanding behavior is the first step to creating effective coping strategies.

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How to transform your managers into coaches with DISC

Posted on 2018-10-16

With all of the requirements of managers today, there is one more increasingly important skill managers are being asked to possess - the ability to act as a coach. Evidence shows today’s great leaders are also coaches. Consequently, managers are often being asked to play a coaching role to develop internal talent, identify leadership qualities, develop team work competencies, and close the soft and hard skills gaps. In fact, according to recent research by Google, the single most important managerial competency that separates highly effective managers from average ones is coaching.

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