Universal Coaching with DISC

When was the last time someone said, "stay in your lane," in response to you offering your input, insights, and experiences? What does that even mean? Are they traveling along an invisible highway you were not aware of, and you accidentally merged in front of them? Probably not. However, upon further observation of their behavior paired with their "stay in your lane" statement, you may have felt the need to "take the next exit" or "make an immediate U-turn." After all, they seemed pretty upset and adamant your presence was not appreciated. No matter what, do not veer off course! There is much to learn from this scenario that can be effectively applied in the future.

When first starting, coaches often market themselves for a specific niche, generally based on their educational background, professional experience, or life passion. The expectation adopted is to stay within the boundaries of what you know (your lane) when working with clients. However, there is reason to challenge this thinking; below are three main considerations:

  1. Coaching is not inherently associated with a specific individual or industry; it is a skill anyone can learn and develop and apply when interacting and communicating with others. The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” It does not say specifically for health coaches, business coaches, or career coaches. Anyone can engage in and participate in the coaching process; however, certified behavioral coaches and consultants are specifically trained in facilitating the process.

  2. DISC is a tool anyone can utilize, especially coaches, regardless of professional background or industry. It is a universal behavioral assessment that unlocks human potential and illuminates predictable behavioral styles. When understood and applied to relationships in the home and workplace, it leads to increased self-awareness and improved communication, teamwork, and performance.

  3. This is probably the most critical consideration: anyone can benefit from coaching in any environment (home or workplace). However, if you are intentionally communicating with someone with the intent on coaching them, perhaps it is essential to consider the time and place you choose to engage, along with the individual with whom you are trying to coach. Not everyone is open and ready to dive into an in-depth discussion and receive feedback on-demand.

Remember, people are uniquely different in their behavioral responses, especially when stressed. Perhaps “stay in your lane” is an indicator to clue you in on the fact an individual is experiencing some form of an increased stressor. This is an opportunity to work through potential blind spots, establish trust, and build positive relationships. As a Coach in any niche, THIS IS IN YOUR LANE!

Consider scheduling time with the individual to listen and learn how you might assist them more effectively. Maybe they need insight and information that falls within your coaching niche, or perhaps you end up referring them to another resource that better suits their needs. Coaching is about helping the individual overcome their unique challenges by identifying a pathway to their success.

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Written by: Lindy Lamielle

Lindy is a retired Air Force veteran, Certified Behavioral Life Coach, and DISC Consultant and entrepreneur who enjoys learning and sharing knowledge. When she's not sitting on the soccer field sidelines or putting out teenage fires, she fills her cup through speaking, writing, coaching small business owners and entrepreneurs, and performing a little social media sourcery. Personality Style: S-I