It’s holiday season! Time for the obligatory office parties, happy hours, gift exchanges, and other torturous bonding exercises. Oh the horror! If bonding exercises feel more like bondage to you, maybe it’s time to take a moment for some serious reflection and self-evaluation. No! There’s nothing wrong with you. But there may be something going on that makes these company team building events feel wrong for you.
Team bonding exercises are designed to facilitate relationship building so that employees can work as a cohesive team instead of as a motley crew of incompatible individuals with their own attitudes, agendas, and idiosyncrasies.
One way you can help facilitate that process is through the use of a DiSC personality profile. DiSC stands for Dominant, Influencing, Steadiness, and Conscientious. Which are you? How can you be and do better? The idea of delving into your DiSC personality profile is not to go on a fault-finding expedition. The plain truth of the matter is that the better you know, understand, and accept yourself the better equipped you’ll be to add value to your team.
So, again: who, or rather, how are you?
- Are you a Dominant? Think, “ I can’t see the trees for the forest —and, by the way, I’m prepared to mow down the forest if it’ll help get the job done!”
- Or maybe you’re a detail-driven Conscientious. Think, “Excuse me, but who cares about the forest! I’m happy to carefully count every leaf on this one tree!”
- Maybe you’re a combo of Influencing and Steadiness. That is, an attention-junkie who loves a good time, but also makes sure you and everyone else pull their weight to get the job done.
Each of us is an admixture of these attributes. No matter which hole you’re pigeoned into, you’ve got positive attributes that can add value to your team’s efforts. How well are you showcasing these strengths?
Leave your ego in your other suit, and open yourself up to the spring-cleaning effect of a DiSC personality profile evaluation. You may not like everything you learn about yourself, but the profile will provide cues on ways you can improve.
For example, if you think you’re the smartest guy in the room, you just proved that you aren’t. Knock that Dominant chip off your shoulder; submit to the DiSC personality profile evaluation; and seek the interpersonal skills development that can help you better appreciate your colleagues.
The more self-aware you become and the more accepting of your own foibles, the more willingly you’ll give your fellows the benefit of the doubt–that in itself is the ultimate bonding exercise.