I have taken a few DISC analyses over the years and even attended a 2-day DISC Seminar a few years ago, so I felt like I had a pretty good understanding of the DISC system. That is, until I read TAKING FLIGHT: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships, Your Life, by Merrick Rosenberg & Daniel Silvert. This wonderful book has given me a whole new understanding of the principles and application of the DISC system.
The first half of the book is written as an allegory and introduces the DISC system through the birds living in a forest. When a few trees in the forest begin falling to the ground, the birds are desperate to find what is causing the destruction of their homes. When they seem unable to work together, a chameleon is introduced into the story who educates the birds on their varying personalities and how they can learn to work better together to solve the crisis.
The second half of the book begins with Part II, The DISC Model, and discusses the practical application of the DISC model. Online resources are also provided. Here the reader learns additional information about quickly assessing the styles of others so interactions become much more productive.
Part III: Applying the DISC Styles in Your Life, covers a variety of topics where DISC application is helpful such as choosing a career path. For example, if you determine your child is a “C”, you would not want to guide them towards a fast paced career that is highly competitive. Also covered is great information about utilizing the DISC model for effective team building. A team full of “D’s” would lack detailed planning before taking action. The reader then learns about using the DISC model for coaching, educating and parenting.
The book is capped off with a short section on DISC Action Planning. Here the reader can record details of their own DISC traits, how to use their strengths and avoid the accompanying pitfalls. DISC mapping allows the reader to analyze and record the DISC styles of family members, co-workers, friends, clients and neighbors. The Appendix then covers the various style combinations.
This was a very enjoyable read that I highly recommend. The main thing I learned is that there are so many ways to use the DISC model to better all relationships, not just in the workplace. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit greatly from this book.