In December 2014 I attended some awesome Extended DISC training at TCI.
At the time I had no idea how much I would get from this training both in my personal and work life.
In January after one month off I returned to my full time employment and decided to share my EDISC profile with my Boss.
Our relationship had been challenging to say the least in a covert kind of way. This equates to; we didn’t have outward contempt for each other but we ‘annoyed’ each other. Probably more to the point he absolutely frustrated the ‘crap’ out of me because he wouldn’t make a decision; or so I thought.
One of the many things I learned in the EDISC training was that he probably made many decisions; he just didn’t make them like me.
Sharing my profile allowed me to openly discuss with him that I now understand why he doesn’t make decisions like me. What he observed was that I make quick decisions. My response was yes and I now know that you need more information. This gave me an opportunity to share what I needed, which was: Tell me what I need to do, answer my questions and let me do it, as I don’t need all the facts and I see them as a waste of time.
Because he could see that my profile was a very accurate reflection of my behavior he agreed that it would be very valuable to do EDISC profiles on our management team. This would give us all a better understanding of each other and how to work better together.
I was very excited as this gave me an opportunity to get so much valuable practice.
I was able to unpack seven profiles just over a month after my training and I have four more to do before I will do a team analysis and then develop a training/coaching program from the information.
Each profile I unpacked with the team I was able to gain more insights and better perspectives on what made each team member tick. As Joe Pane says I was learning how to mind read: what a powerful tool.
I love the way each quadrant of the profile is described.
D: the captain of outcome/Results
I: the captain of Communication
S: the captain of Care
C: the captain of Accuracy
The journey continues and my team continues to grow.
But the biggest and best benefit to me and to my organisation is the complete change in relationship between my boss and myself. I now understand why he does what he does and he now understands why I do what I do. We have worked out how to make this work for us as we have almost exact opposite profiles, which can compliment each other once you know how.
I would like to add here that I was coached on this relationship as well, which moved me to be completely at cause, as every great coach needs a coach.
Next step for me is to take all this learning to another organisation. I have set up an appointment time and am very happy to say it will be easy to sell the benefits, as I know it works.
My advice to any TCI coach:
Do the EDISC training when you can, as it will add another dimension to your coaching.
When you have done the training organise some profiles and unpacks as soon as you can. One month after doing my training sitting at my kitchen table with seven profiles to unpack it would be fair to say I was feeling very overwhelmed.
Once I ‘got over myself’ and got out of my head and into my heart I just followed the seven-step structure that we are given.
I am getting better.
I don’t need a script anymore and I add the core needs and the emotions.
The staff have loved the sessions and got lots of benefits so far and the journey is only beginning for us.
So start the training with a plan in mind.
Trust me: you won’t look back.
By the way if you haven’t worked it out
I am an ID and my boss a CS J