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Managing the various DISC styles

Every DISC-style has its own preference when it comes to being managed. When the manager’s behavioural style matches the other person’s behavioural style, it will have a positive effect on cooperation.

Effectively managing red behavioural style:

High DISC score red dominant
  • Look together at long-term objectives and ambitions
  • Provide frameworks and rules within which the D can operate
  • Give him or her the necessary freedom to arrange the work themselves
  • Make sure the other person is involved before a decision is taken
  • Appreciate the results achieved and the risks taken in doing so
  • Outline the situation and possible options, but let the other person decide for themselves
  • Be direct and concrete in your wording and what you expect from him or her
  • Appear confident and avoid doubt
  • Set challenging goals and involve him or her in the vision of the organisation
  • Address him or her if he or she is too direct or terse in communication

Effectively managing yellow behavioural style:

High DISC score yellow influence
  • Create a pleasant and informal atmosphere
  • Let the social aspect such as get-togethers be a part of the work
  • Show understanding and acknowledge the other person’s emotions
  • Give him or her feedback in a friendly and supportive manner
  • Help plan and structure the work
  • Provide space for social talk and jokes; don’t take everything too seriously
  • Let him or her think about creative solutions
  • Provide sufficient variation and variety in the work
  • Make sure ideas are developed into a concrete plan with a deadline
  • Focus on opportunities and possibilities and do not be too critical or negative

Effectively managing green behavioural style:

High DISC score green stability
  • Show interest and ask how things are really going
  • Offer a safe and trusted working environment
  • Deliver feedback in a careful and calm manner
  • Give him or her time to think things through before asking for a decision
  • Be clear in what you require of him or her in the work
  • Give guidelines and clear instructions on how work can be done
  • Do not ask him or her to give an opinion unannounced in a group
  • Include him or her in changes in a timely manner and also substantiate them
  • Teach him or her to stand up for themselves more
  • Encourage him or her to go off the beaten track

Effectively managing blue behavioural style:

  • Give him or her enough time to prepare
  • Keep agreements and don’t make promises that cannot be kept
  • Give arguments and substantiate ideas and plans
  • Opt for a businesslike, factual manner of management and do not become too amicable
  • Be clear in what you expect from him or her and specify the deadline
  • Allow sufficient time to complete tasks in a careful manner
  • Appreciate the quality delivered
  • Indicate when good is good enough
  • Communicate rules and guidelines clearly
  • Be consistent in statements and actions

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