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DISC: what gives and what takes energy

Each DISC style has certain behavioural characteristics. Below you can read for each behavioural style what gives someone energy but also what costs someone energy. If the situation calls for it, you can also show behaviour that might be further away from you. However, if you have to show behaviour other than where your preferences lie for long periods of time, this can eventually cause demotivation and stress.


What gives energyWhat costs energy
Being challengedA predictable environment
Making ambitious plansChoosing the safe route
TroubleshootingNot daring to make decisions
Achieving goalsLow pace
Showing leadershipPlaying the victim
Taking actionWaiting, passivity
Meeting deadlinesTime limits exceeded
Taking the leadHaving to follow others


What gives energyWhat costs energy
An optimistic attitudeSeeing obstacles everywhere
Teaming up with othersHaving to work solo, Being alone
Humour and unconcernBeing heavy-handed
Spontaneity and light-heartednessCalculating, reserved
Variety and diversityRoutine work
Appreciation and complimentsRejection


What gives energyWhat costs energy
HarmonyTension and conflict
PredictabilitySurprises, unplanned actions
Routine, steady methodsAd-hoc work
AcquaintancesStrangers, new people
Stable environmentHectic, different every day
Time to get used to thingsRapid changes
Kind, calm approachFierceness, assertiveness


What gives energyWhat costs energy
Quality, detail orientationMistakes, sloppiness
Structure, overviewChaos, clutter
Following guidelinesTaking risks
Formal surroundingsSpontaneous and informal settings
Time to analyseHaving to decide under pressure
ObjectivityOpinions, assumptions
Good preparationAdvising without thorough research

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