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Do you want to improve the collaboration and productivity within your team? Would you like to have an increased self-awareness of your leadership skills and to influence others positively? Do you want to recruit more effectively and retain staff by improving communication and minimising or preventing conflict? If so, have you heard of DISC Personality Profiling?

DISC is an online behavioural profiling tool used by over 1 million people every year to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. DISC personality profiling is an easy, effective and non-judgemental way to help you to understand human behaviour in different situations. It will enable you to develop unique and practical insights into an individual’s working style by showing you how they like to communicate, make decisions and what motivates them. It’s a tool that enables managers to make effective decisions around hiring and developing the best talent plus creating high performing teams.

A Brief Overview of DISC

DISC is a personality profiling tool based on the DISC theory of psychologist William Marston. His theory was that behavioural characteristics can be grouped together into four major groups. People with similar styles tend to exhibit specific behavioural characteristics common to that style. The acronym DISC stands for the four personality styles represented by the letters, where D= Dominance, I = Influence, S = Steadiness and C = Compliance. Where do you think you sit?

The Benefits of DISC

So, how can using such a tool help your company? Below I’ve outlined the four main ways using DISC Personality Profiling benefits businesses:

1. Recruitment of the Right People

People perform better in roles where they’re naturally a good fit and DISC can provide an insight into whether the candidate closely matches the requirements of the job and the company culture. By showing the various personality traits of an individual, DISC helps uncover the ways in which an individual would react to new challenges or how they are likely to behave in a team situation. The feedback candidates get from DISC can also help them to integrate with their jobs better as it enables them to learn more about their areas of strength and to see how that matches with their new job role.

If you know the personality styles of your existing team members you can also use DISC to recruit candidates who will ‘plug the gaps’. By looking for those missing traits in candidates during the selection process, you’re able to create a well-rounded and highly effective team.  An example of this would be an existing team who have great attention to detail and deliver high quality work yet lack the ability to look at the bigger picture and drive projects forward. An ideal candidate to join the team, as well as having the necessary qualifications and experience, would be someone who is results driven and able to consider the bigger picture in order to help balance the team.

2. Improved Sales and Client Relations

DISC Personality Profiling can help members of the sales team to identify their own selling style and understand their strengths and limitations. Armed with this information, they can capitalise on their strengths and recognise any limitations which may be hindering their success.

An understanding of DISC also helps employees to find out what the points of stress are that a client faces or the kind of relationship that a client is looking for.

By understanding their own selling style and the needs of their client, the sales person can then adjust their selling style to suit the requirements of their customer and make the best possible connection with them.

3. Effective Leadership

DISC personality profiling helps managers to become more self-knowledgeable, well-rounded and effective leaders. It identifies areas of growth in their leadership style and enables managers to understand the dispositions and priorities of their team. This then gives them the opportunity to adapt their management style for each individual, thus improving communication and their ability to have a positive influence on each team member.

DISC also helps those employees who aspire to move into a position of leadership, as it can highlight the areas they need to develop in order to do so.

4. Managing Conflict & Building High Performing Teams

Conflicts at work affect morale, productivity and the smooth performance of the team. DISC personality profiling is an excellent tool to ensure there is more understanding and appreciation of different styles within a team, which naturally reduces the potential for conflict.

DISC gives specific insights into an individual’s interpersonal communication abilities: how they respond to conflict, what motivates them, what causes them stress and how they solve problems. This helps the individual to gain self-awareness so that they can look at ways they can adapt their communication or behaviour in order to build more constructive relationships with other people. It also enables managers to understand how two personalities will interact with each other, identifying potential areas of tension so that they are able to defuse a difficult situation and develop a successful conflict resolution strategy.

DISC also creates a clear framework which enables everyone to understand how their individual strengths contribute to the success of the team. Thus, DISC is a great tool to facilitate team building and team cohesiveness.

DISC Personality Profiling Results in Inclusivity and Productivity

To conclude, DISC Personality Profiling helps create a more inclusive and productive working environment. Organisations typically observe less conflict, improved communication, more effective leadership and better client relationships through using DISC, resulting in higher performing teams. Companies that recruit the right individuals for the job see increased retention and happier employees. Thus, the impact of using DISC Personality Profiling can be felt throughout the organisation.

If you’re interested in exploring how DISC Personality Profiling might benefit your business, please contact Vida Coaching to discuss your requirements.

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Hi, I’m Tanya Ces Maneiro.  I’m a Maidenhead mum of one and have my own Career Coaching Company, Vida Coaching.  This is the story of my career so far…

Does anyone love their job?

In the past, I never really loved my job, not really.  At times I liked it, maybe even really liked it for a while, but I never got that, ‘This is brilliant, half the time this doesn’t even feel like work’ feeling that I had heard about and thought was some kind of myth.  It has to be a myth, right?

I worked in HR and Training because I really wanted to help people, but something was missing, something didn’t feel ‘right’.  Rather than spending some time and money trying to understand what was wrong with my career, I would go on lovely holidays to ‘forget about work’.

Unfortunately, when I returned one or two weeks later, nothing had changed.  This continued….for ten years.

Then she came along and changed everything

The cycle was broken when I had my daughter, Evie.  I was in the fortunate position of not having to rush back to work and I grabbed the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mum with both hands.

When Evie was about two years old, I started to look at job ads for HR positions, but always made an excuse as to why the role wasn’t right.  I knew why really.  It wasn’t the role, it was the career, and now was the time to do something about it.

Why now?  Because it took me three and a half years to become a mum and if I was going to be spending less time with Evie, it wasn’t going to be for some mediocre role where I was praying for the weekend to arrive.  I was going to find a career that made me happy, which would obviously benefit me, but also my family – after all, who wants a grumpy mummy?  So, Evie made me reassess my life and want to prove that ‘that feeling’ wasn’t a myth, that work could be brilliant and not feel like work, that I could love what I do.

Taking the plunge

With that in mind, I decided to invest in seeing a Career Coach, someone who would ask me the ‘right’ questions and provide me with impartial support so that I could explore my career alternatives.

I found the whole experience extremely beneficial, but my real ‘light bulb’ moment came when I completed an exercise to identify my key career drivers.  I was surprised to discover that autonomy was at the top of the list.  I really hadn’t expected this, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised how important autonomy in my career was to me.  Once I had had that realisation, something in me shifted.  The idea of setting up my own company, an idea which had once seemed so scary and unrealistic, became a real possibility.  After all, if I needed autonomy to be truly happy in my career then surely I could make it work?

But what would my company do?  Well, what I had also come to realise was that my previous roles, working in HR and Training, had not allowed me to help people as much as I wanted to. HR is really about achieving the company’s aims through their people whereas I wanted to be helping the individual.  However, something didn’t feel right about completely disregarding the skills and experience I had gained working in HR and Training.  Thus, after some research and discussion, I decided to become a Career Coach and offer a CV and Interviewing Consultancy Service so that I could pass on some of the knowledge I had gained whilst working in HR.

Setting up on my own

So, having discovered what was missing from my old career, and feeling confident that I had made an informed decision about my future, I retrained and gained my coaching qualifications.

Then, in 2015, I set up my Career Coaching business, √ida Coaching.  It’s been a steep learning curve because when you have your own business you have to do everything, which includes marketing, sales, finance and all the admin too. However, I wouldn’t want it any other way.  Every day is different and exciting.  One day I may be coaching and the next attending a networking event.  Recently I was even on Marlow FM 97.5 talking about Career Coaching which was nerve-wracking but so much fun.

I love my job

So, finally, I can say I love my job.  I do feel it’s brilliant and half the time it doesn’t feel like work.  I feel so lucky to have the autonomy I subconsciously craved – a job which allows me to work around looking after my gorgeous girl, Evie.  Then there’s what I do.  As a Career Coach, I help people to discover their true potential:

⦁    I help mums who have had a career break gain the confidence to move back into the world of work
⦁    I help business men and women achieve a better work-life balance and
⦁    I help people reaching the end of their career prepare for the next chapter in their lives

I see these men and women achieve their goals and go on to lead much more fulfilling lives as a result.  To me, there’s nothing more satisfying than that.

Want to find out more?

If you’re intrigued by the idea of career coaching or wondering where to start, why not give me a call or email? Contact me to book a free, no obligation 30 minute consultation where we can talk through what you’d like to do and I can advise you on how I can help.

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