When I work with teams to help them become high-performance teams, I often notice that it is the difficult conversations they are not having. It’s what Kim Scott calls ‘ruinous harmony’ that’s holding them back from having constructive debates and engaging on a level that results in high performance.
Empowering team behaviour is impactful but where to start?
Last week we facilitated a professional upskilling session for over 30 DISC Flow certified trainers. The purpose of the session was to learn how to use the DISC Flow Group report to run powerful sessions to empower team behaviour.
The DISC Flow Group report consolidates team members' behaviour styles and level of emotional intelligence (EI) and visualises the distribution according to DISC Style, preferences and E and EI.
We equipped all participants with the report and dived straight into experiential exercises. We split them into smaller teams and ran 2 simulations. Under time constraints they discussed sensitive topics and were tasked to find solutions.
This was challenging for some of them as we deliberately kept the task ambiguous, and participants didn’t know each other. The learning happened in the debrief where the teams reflected on how different behaviour styles and emotions impacted the quality of the conversation and the outcome.
Here is what some of the participants said:
‘In the debrief it became clear how the behaviour styles impacted the conversation. Some of us went straight into solution mode whereas others wanted to get to know each other first and have a personal chat.’
‘I felt a little ambiguous first whereas others were very confident’.
‘Culture is the most powerful determinant of how a group behaves.’
– Chris McGoff
I always say ‘what happens in the room, happens in the business’.
What I mean by that is when working with teams in a training session or when I get groups to simulate a real conversation, the behaviour and level of emotional intelligence they demonstrate is how they show up at work. Reflecting on how different behavioural preferences and emotions impact relationships and conversations and how that plays out in the real world is what moves the needle for individuals and teams.
The DISC Flow Group report serves as a simple yet powerful visual of ‘the makeup of a group. The learning comes from you facilitating a session that empowers the team to discover which behaviours holds them back and what helps them to learn and grow.
We run these ‘upskilling' PD sessions 6 times per year, and they are included in your certification. Here is our wonderful cohort of DISC Flow Certified Trainers:
If you want to bring the power of DISC Flow into your organisation or coaching practice, our upcoming certification dates are listed below. Places are limited, so enrol now to join us.