Here at AMP we have found a lot of value in understanding our team members and have found the DISC assessment to be a very powerful tool. DISC helps us understand the dynamics and relationships of people within dental practices. At first a lot of team members may think "Am I taking a test to test my general knowledge in a certain area? Am I taking a test that will determine my skill level in a certain area? Am I taking a test that will calculate some metric that I don’t even understand?"
The answer to all of those things is No.
The DISC assessment was designed to strengthen working relationships and support professional growth by helping people understand their co-workers better. We've found it as a beneficial way to not only learn about your co-workers; however, a excellent way to learn more about yourself. Understanding the strengths and challenges of your behavioral style and what kind of written and informal conversation styles work best for you can be beneficial not only at home but in your professional space as well. At AMP we talk a lot about what makes us each successful as individuals and we have found that being self aware of how we each communicate is critical in helping us understand what makes us each successful. Not only does this allow you to see what drives you; however, it also helps you see what is possibly holding you back from success.
If you are wondering what the D, I, S and C stand for here is a quick review. The assessment examines how you rank in different areas of behavior; for example, Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance. Also, the assessment will show us if we are people focused (people that have traits of Inducement and Submission), passive (people that have traits of compliance and submission), active (people with traits of dominance and inducement) or task focused (people with traits of dominance and compliance).
The DISC assessment has helped people all over the world understand what their weaknesses are and have encouraged them to be addressed. This process is not necessarily an easy process to go thought yet it has certainly helped people grow in not only professional relationships but also personal relationships.
“If there is a rare quality in life, it’s self-awareness. Self-awareness of the difference between you and your patterns and the impact of your patterns on those around you” - Tony Robbins