I would like to initiate this topic to share hints to improve performance and communicationn using DISC.
Mark and Mike have already gone very far in that subject, but I am sure we can find more ideas in our day to day interactions.
[u][b]HELPING A "I" TO KEEP HIS PROJECT ON TRACK[/b][/u]
I think my MIT manager is a pure "I". He is very nice, but as some trouble with meeting deadlines. Especially on complex or multiple projects.
I found two ways to help him :
1) I asked him to inform the team by Email every night during a very important project. 3 parts : what has been done, are we on track and what will be done tomorrow. He was not very happy about that in the begining and I had to give him some fb because he was not doing it. But once he complied ... It worked like a charm.
I think it worked because he was showing to the others what he was doing and it played positively on what their were thinking about him !
And ... No, he did not include emoticons in this emails. :cry:
2) I followed the advice of giving him not 10 tasks at the same time and ask him to work on the 10 at the same time. I limited it to 2 simultaneous projects, and then give 2 new projects after the others are finished.
Here again ... Big progress.
[u][b]HELPING A "S" TO GIVE FEEDBACK[/b][/u]
This one is a little bit personal.
My wife is a pure "S" and never knows how to complain when she is not happy with another person. Instead, she prefers to keep that "inside" even if it ruins her morale. Or (worse) she keeps complaining at me about how the person is inefficient, rude and doest not understand what is expected ... :wink:
In the past, I would take care about that, by giving a proper feedback to the person.
We have now decided that she would do it herself, starting with frequent little feedbacks.
What was the "aha" for her was her understanding two things :
- the other person was anyway feeling something was wrong, so she was hurt in a way
- if you don't give fb to the other, you don't give her a chance to change.
She believed she was "respecting" the person by not giving feedback, but she was not.
Yeah ... There is a downside ... It seems She's now starting to gives me feedback ... Outch, what time is it ? Time to go home ! :?
Have you any hints ?