How to Recognise DISC Profiles of Others. What Strategies to use when Interacting Effectively With Each Type

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Ask Questions – Clues to Their DISC Profile

As part of our workshops, we talk about the “ice breaking” conversation and how it can be a massive waste of time.

Instead, you can ask questions, and notice things that may give you an insight into the person and their potential profile.

For example, asking questions about what one does on holiday, or to keep fit – can be a clue.

DISC stands for Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.

If someone likes to go to different places and rock climb or scuba dive on holiday they may well be a high D (Adventurous).

Equally if someone likes to return to the same destination every year as it’s familiar, they may be a high S (Steady).

Also, while FAR from scientific, you can observe what car the person drives:

Effective communication and interpersonal skills are crucial for success in both personal and professional spheres. DISC assessments reveal important insights into behaviours that affect communication and interpersonal skills.

DISC Profiling System

One powerful tool to enhance our understanding of human behaviour and communication styles is the DISC profiling system.

DISC is a widely used behavioural assessment tool that categorises individuals into four primary personality types:

  1. Dominance
  2. Influence
  3. Steadiness
  4. Compliance

Learn more about DISC profiling at: DISC Personality Test – KONA

Each DISC profile offers unique insights into how people think, how they act, and how they interact with others.

In this blog, we’ll explore how you can recognise the DISC profiles of others and adopt effective strategies to communicate with each type.

Identifying DISC Profiles:

a) Dominance (D): People with a dominant personality are typically assertive, decisive, and results-oriented.

They are driven by challenges and tend to be direct and straightforward in their communication. They appreciate efficiency, and time is of the essence for them.

b) Influence (I): Individuals with an influential profile are social, outgoing, and enthusiastic.

They thrive on building relationships and enjoy being the centre of attention. They are natural communicators and love to inspire others.

c) Steadiness (S): People with a steady personality are patient, empathetic, and team-oriented.

They value stability and harmony and prefer a consistent and predictable environment. They are great listeners and tend to avoid conflicts.

d) Compliance (C): Those with a compliance profile are analytical, detail-oriented, and focused on accuracy.

They seek precision and quality in their work and decision-making. They are systematic and prefer a methodical approach.

DISC assessments reveal important insights into behaviours that affect communication and interpersonal skills.
Dominance DISC Personality Style.

Strategies for Effective Interactions for each DISC Profile

Communicating with Dominant (D) Personalities:

  • Be direct and concise in your communication
  • Focus on solutions and outcomes
  • Show respect for their time and get to the point quickly
  • Avoid excessive small talk and stick to the main points
  • Acknowledge their accomplishments and competence
Influence DISC Personality style.

Communicating with Influence (I) Personalities:

  • Be friendly, enthusiastic, and open to social interactions
  • Listen actively and show genuine interest in their stories
  • Provide positive feedback and encouragement
  • Avoid being overly serious or too focused on facts and figures
  • Involve them in group activities and allow them to express their ideas
Steadiness DISC Personality style.

Communicating with Steadiness (S) Personalities:

  • Be patient, supportive, and empathetic
  • Create a warm and friendly atmosphere to build trust
  • Allow them time to process information and make decisions
  • Avoid aggressive or confrontational behaviour
  • Show appreciation for their contributions and teamwork
Compliance DISC Personality style.

Communicating with Compliance (C) Personalities:

  • Be well-prepared and provide detailed information
  • Focus on logic, data, and evidence to support your points
  • Give them time to analyse and think before making decisions
  • Avoid excessive pressure or rushing them into choices
  • Acknowledge their expertise and attention to detail

Understanding the DISC Profiles of Others

Understanding the DISC profiles of others can significantly improve your ability to communicate effectively and build strong relationships.

By recognising the central traits of individuals and employing the appropriate strategies, you can create harmonious and productive interactions.

Remember that people are unique, and while the DISC system provides valuable insights, it’s essential to remain open-minded and adaptable in your approach to effectively connect with others.

Developing these skills will undoubtedly lead to more meaningful connections and success in various aspects of life.

So, take the initiative to understand yourself and others better through the DISC framework, and watch your relationships flourish.

Click here to download a sample report: DISC Personality Test – KONA

Contact KONA today to discuss how DISC Profiling can benefit your business.

Call 1300 611 288 or Email

Top 4 EOFY Budget Spending Ideas

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Don’t let your EOFY Budget Go to Waste!

Despite the urge to act now to avoid the “use it or lose it” budget spending, it’s vital to think strategically about your organisation’s future objectives before moving forward. Be wise when considering your End Of Financial Year (EOFY) spending, but don’t be complacent.

Notably, your actions right now could positively impact other areas of your business. That is, investing in professional development now could result in bolstering employee morale as well as helping you get ahead on your KPIs for the upcoming quarter.

Ultimately, with the right investment you will have more than a budget increase to look forward to next year.

“Plan for what is difficult while it is easy. Do what is great while it is small.”  - Sun Tzu


So use your budget now and we will hold delivery dates for when you are ready to use them in the next 12 months. Consider being part of the KONA Credit Benefits (KCB) Program.

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With this in mind, here is how to get the most value for your organisation by spending your budget before the end of the financial year. Put simply, there has never been a better time to upskill your team.

To Get Your KONA CREDIT BENEFITS > Before the End of the Financial Year > to Use over 12 Months

Top 4 EOFY Budget Spending Ideas

1. Learning tools to Streamline Processes

Investing in sharpening the tools of your team while you are able to is a wise business move. Basically, it ensures your employees are well equipped to start bolstering the budget for the remainder of the year.

The end of the financial year is a great time to take inventory of your team’s current skill level. Also, it’s a wise time to identify any gaps in your learning processes that cause pain for productivity.

Even though educational needs vary from person to person and department to department, consider the value of uniform learning. That is, embedding a uniform teaching methodology across your entire business. By doing so, you are creating ONE language everyone can both speak and understand.

Create a UNIFORM OPERATING MANUAL for your Business

For example, the valuable profiling tool of DISC teaches all employees across all levels how to understand human behaviour. By instilling the language of DISC in your workplace you ensure everyone is operating form the same manual. Ultimately, it guarantees solidarity and strength in the eyes of your customers.

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2. Recognise Employees

Everyone enjoys feeling appreciated. If your company enjoyed a successful year or your team has gone above and beyond, why not use the budget money to reward your employees?

Recognition takes many different forms, which can fit almost any budget imaginable. Moreover, employee recognition is best when there is a measurable result that comes from it. Consequently, it is worth considering investing in team-building activities. Ultimately, it strengthens trust, encourages communication, resolves conflict, and increases collaboration between employees. Additionally, effective team-building activities produce more engaged employees. And as a result, contributes to a healthy work culture while at the same time boosting your ROI.

Happy Workers are Hard Workers, Right? Right.

Treat your employees to fun and dynamic team building sessions! The best team-building activities don’t feel like the typical day at the office. Or in recent times, another virtual meeting! Try one of KONA’s energy high knowledge rich Virtual and F2F Team Building Workshops! SO many belly laughs and so much employee satisfaction.

3. Invest in EduTainment

Budget surpluses also provides ways to invest in education opportunities that can keep employees up to date with industry standards. Workforce statistics reveal that companies with engaged employees make 2.5 times the revenue. Additionally, those highly engaged employees are also 87% less likely to leave their jobs.

There are some interesting ways to impart dynamic as well as educational information on to your employees. And these do not necessarily involve state-of-the-art technologies. Ultimately, by being engaging you ensure what they are learning will stick. We call it EDUTAINMENT! That is an investment that keeps on giving!

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Edutainment makes sure you get your money’s worth, by adding a level of entertainment and education to your team’s learnings. In fact you are embedding the learning in a way they can retrieve the information on a daily basis. Consequently, this ensures they don’t return to their old habits. And the bonus? You have up skilled your employees, entertained them and skyrocketed mojo to produce more work!

4. Assign Resources to Professional Development efforts

There never seems to be enough time or resources to complete every goal, project, or assignment that comes our way. Especially when it comes to professional development.

Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don't want to. -Richard Branson

Admittedly, the reasons are often simple enough. That is because in most situations we are limited to budget constraints. But, when we are able to assign End of Financial Year funds to professional development, we are effectively making an investment in the year ahead.

Importantly, you should provide your people with core learning areas and ask them what they need upskilling in the most. Remember – we don’t know what we don’t know!

Workshops Can all be Delivered onsite or virtually, and Include Core Learning Areas in:

  • Effective Communication
  • Team Building
  • Crucial Conversations
  • Objection Handling
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Resilience and Accountability
  • Navigating Processes and People
  • Changing the Mindset: Activity Drives Results
  • Key Strategies for Growth
  • Differentiating your Presence in the Marketplace
  • How to Increase the Level of Commitment of Your Team
  • Techniques to Manage Individual and Team Goals
  • Maintaining Motivation while Working from Home
  • Managing while Working From Home
  • Building Rapport and the Long-Term Relationship
  • Getting Past the Gate Keeper

Each of the above core learning areas can be added to your Team’s Tailored Virtual and/or F2F Workshops in:

Put Simply

Don’t forget, June 30 is just around the corner. These are just four of the ways that you can spend what remains of your budget with the intention to boosting your ROI.

Use your budget now and we will hold delivery dates for when you are ready to use them in the next 12 months. Consider being part of the KONA Credit Benefits (KCB) Program.

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  • Cost-effective, simple and efficient – the perfect way to spend your leftover budget.
  • Purchasing Professional Development KCB Points in advance is hassle-free.
  • With the KCB Points there is no need to conduct formal tenders on a project-by-project basis. This will save you time and money!
  • There is no spend limit – no matter how detailed the customised content is for your training or how many people you want to upskill, there will be no additional paperwork or costs.
  • We make the transaction simple, with one set of agreed terms and conditions.
  • You can be confident that all your people’s Professional Development obligations are met.
  • You are guaranteed transparency and clarity throughout your entire KONA Credit Benefits Program
  • As an Australian-owned and operated organisation, nobody understands the requirements of Australian business and employee training like the KONA Group.
  • The more KCB Points you build the wider access to our range of holistic business services.
  • KCB Points are only offered to the first 50 applicants before June 30, 2021.

KCB Points can be used across ALL our holistic business services! Restriction Free.

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We’re committed to providing the highest quality training solutions to your team, especially through the latest round of pandemic restrictions. Additionally, we ensure your business and people will be guided through an engaging and enriching learning experience.

For more information about how you can secure your KONA Credit Benefits, contact us to invest in your KCB Points, on 1300 611 288 for a confidential conversation, or email anytime.