I'm curious about what Mark, Mike, and/or others in the M-T community think about two questions.
I understand that DISC-awareness is important so that you can tailor your behavior to be more effective when communicating with another individual. Given that....
[b]Q1:[/b] How important is it to know your own DISC profile? And if it's not that important, why bother taking a test to determine your own DISC scores?
[b]Q2:[/b] Does it make sense for one's own default DISC behavior to be one in an unfamiliar situation, then something perhaps totally different in a familiar situation? (Like "Di" behavior in a situation among trusted friends/coworkers, but "SC" behavior among other people?)
Why do I ask? I'm a bit conflicted when trying to identify my own default behavior patterns and preferences -- but I'm not sure how much it matters for me to understand my own DISC profile, as long as I recognize and accommodate others' behavior profile.
I've been familiar communication profiles/models like DISC for several years . . . and have listened to the members-only podcasts, too. I can very easily point to several different examples where my default behavior tendencies and preferences seem to fit right into each of the D, i, S, and C areas In some corporate training on "cultural diversity" a few years ago, I took a test (self-test) that produced scores like 4-3-3-4 or something like that. All very even, very moderate scores.
This was explained to me as a "blend": a person that is very fluent in all 4 profiles and can very easily step from one communication/behavior style into another . . . much like a Frenchman might also know Italian, English, and Spanish. This might even be a person that can be a translator between people who have different behavior patterns . . . for example a high-Di that is trying to communicate with a high-S.