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You’ve Got Style!

DISC Personality Workshop
Life Purpose Pyramid

Development of gifts,
abilities & strengths
Relationship with God
Relationship with others;
generally where character
is worked out
What happens when these
are aligned with God’s divine
(“karios”) opportunities
Unique individual calling
based upon gifting, etc.
Christlikeness
(How do you make yourself choice?)
Review of Life Purpose Elements
Life Purpose Target
Life
Purpose
Patterns
Themes
Life Purpose
Clues
Life Purpose
Clues
Convergence
Experiences
Convergence
Experiences
Discerning the
Fingerprints of God
Personality
Temperament
Gift
Cluster
Fruit
Confirmation
Passions
Motivations
Causes
Dreams
Desires
Goals
Fulfillment
Delight
Needs/
People
Drawn To
Life Shaping
History
Divine
Revelation
Life Purpose
Clues
Psalm 139:13-16
For you created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother’s womb. I praise you
because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was
made in the secret place. When I was woven
together in the depths of the earth, your eyes
saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for
me were written in your book before one of them
came to be.
DISC based upon work of…
William Marston – Emotions of Normal
People (1926)
The Six Blind Men of Indostan
Preliminary thoughts…
We are often a blend of 2-3 styles.
Every style is equally gifted, valuable & capable of
leadership.
Our styles may change, somewhat, depending on the
context or demands of the environment. However, we can
generally identify a predominant style in which we prefer
to operate.
Every strength overused can become a weakness.
Each style has “fruit of the spirit” growth opportunities.
We need to value & affirm each others strengths, and
minimize & compliment each others weaknesses.

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Product Oriented
Active / Outgoing
Passive / Reserved
Process Oriented

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Faster Paced
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Feel less powerful than environment
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Choleric Sanguine
Phlegmatic Melancholy
Opposites
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Work
Opposites
Opposites
We often
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D Dominant/Driver
General Characteristics
Direct
Decisive
High Ego Strength
Problem Solver
Risk Taker
Self-Starter
See the big picture

D Dominant/Driver
Value to Team
Bottom-line organizer
Maintain focus on goals
Push group toward decisions
High value on time
Challenges status quo
Innovative
Instinctive initiators/directors
D Dominant/Driver
Possible Weaknesses
Oversteps authority
Argumentative
Dislikes routine
Attempts too much at once
Impatient
Greatest Fear
Being taken advantage of

I Influencing/Inspiring
General Characteristics
Enthusiastic
Trusting
Optimistic (sees the cup half…)
Persuasive
Talkative/Conversationalist
Impulsive/Spontaneous
Comfortable with expressing emotion

I Influencing/Inspiring
Value To Team
Creative problem solver
Gifted brainstormer
Great encourager
Motivates others to achieve
Positive sense of humor
Negotiates conflicts; peace maker
Instinctive communicators


I Influencing/Inspiring
Possible Weaknesses
More concerned with popularity &
social dimension than tangible results
Inattentive to detail
Overuses gestures and facial expressions
Wants to talk more than listen
Greatest Fear
Rejection
S Stable/Steady
General Characteristics
Good listener
Team player
Supportive
Steady; predictable
Understanding; Friendly
Common sense
Possessive
S Stable/Steady
Value To Team
Reliable/dependable
Loyal team player
Compliant towards authority
Good listener
Patient, empathetic, supportive
Good at reconciling conflicts
Finds the simple way of doing things
Instinctive relators
S Stable/Steady
Possible Weaknesses
Resists change
Takes a long time to adjust to
change/make decisions
Sensitive to criticism
Holds a grudge
Difficulty establishing priorities
Greatest Fear
Loss of security/stability
C Compliant/Correct
General Characteristics
Accurate; Analytical
Fact-Finder; Precise
Detail oriented
Conscientious
Careful; Cautious
High Standards
Systematic
C Compliant/Correct
Value To Team
Perspective: “The anchor of reality”
Conscientious and even tempered
Thorough in all activities
Gathers, criticizes and tests information
Quick to sees potential problems, pitfalls
Quality control
Follows through on details
Instinctive organizers
C Compliant/Correct
Possible Weaknesses
Needs clear-cut boundaries/rules
Bound by procedures/policies/methods
Gets bogged down in details
Prefers not to verbalize feelings
Will give in rather than argue
Can be critical/perfectionistic (Sees the cup 1/2…)
Greatest Fear
Criticism
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Active / Outgoing
Passive / Reserved
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Choleric Sanguine
Phlegmatic Melancholy
Force of character /
Clear direction
Persuasion /
Inspiration
Data / Analysis
Support / Slowing
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CONTROLS/LEADS BY:
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Passive / Reserved
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Choleric Sanguine
Phlegmatic Melancholy
Autocratic managers
– great in crisis
Participative managers –
influence & inspire
Participative managers –
accomplish goals via
relationships
“Do it yourself”
managers – create &
maintain systems
MANAGEMENT STYLE
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Product Oriented
Active / Outgoing
Passive / Reserved
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Do it… My Way Do it… The fun way
Do it… The easy way Do it… The right way
Just do it! You can do it!
Do it right! We can do it!
What Who
Why How
Task Orientation
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Sensitivity to the Feelings of Others
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Releasing Stress
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Recovery from Stress
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Debrief Questions
What was most helpful to you in learning
about these personality styles?
What are the personal implications for:
 How you relate to God?
 Your character?
 Your personal relationships?
 How you work with each other in the program?
 Your vocation, career, calling
 As leaders & managers?



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Product Oriented
Active / Outgoing
Passive / Reserved
Process Oriented

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Communication Strengths
Direct
Clear
Confident
Outspoken
Brings focus
To the point
Big picture
Decisive
Directive
Expressive
Talkative
Accepting
Encouraging
Optimistic

Persuasive
Sense of humor
Encouraging
Thinks out loud
Great ideas
Sincere
Genuine
Soft spoken
Sensitive/Gentle
Easy going
Personal
Friendly
Accepting
Diplomatic
Strives for harmony
Soft spoken
Reserved/quiet
Concise/accurate
Asks great questions
Logical
Systematic
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Communication Growth Tips
Work on gentle approach
Focus more on spouse’s feelings,
opinions, ideas than task, projects
Resist having to “win” every
argument
Resist sarcasm


Talk less; listen more
Speak slowly
Complete your thoughts, sentences
Be careful of interrupting & dominating
conversations


Don’t run from conflict
Be more direct/assertive in interactions
Work on expressing thoughts, opinions,
feelings
Initiate conversation more
Work on expressing thoughts,
opinions, feelings
Focus less on facts, logic & more
on spouses feelings, concerns
Criticize less; praise more