Leah and I have been attending pre-field orientation during the past two weeks to prepare us for employment with Oasis International Schools. One of the things we have completed is the DiSC personality profile. According to discprofile.com, “DiSC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork, and communication. DiSC is non-judgmental and helps people discuss their behavioral differences.”
Completing this assessment has helped me learn some very revealing things about myself and how I approach others. I was scored as a high category “I” with influences of “S”. Through these scores, I was able to outline some key strengths and weaknesses.
- High aspirations (dream big)
- Strong social interactions
- Motivator and leader
- Lacks follow through
- Fails to pay attention to details
- Socially overpower others
- Tendency to over-commit due to people pleasing tendency
- Lacks organization
I have put together five steps to overcoming my weaknesses.
1. Listen — Sometimes I tend to be so concerned with my upcoming social interaction, that I fail to pay attention to others or details they are explaining to me. By making a conscious effort to listen, I hope to also eliminate my tendency to overpower others.
2. Don’t Stop Until it’s Finished — I often get real passionate about something I commit to at the beginning. However, I sometimes get sidetracked by other commitments and fail to follow through. By implementing this step, I hope to complete tasks with quality effort.
3. Just say no! — I am a people pleaser. I like to make everyone happy, all of the time. However, I have realized that this is not always possible. I will commit myself to only take on what I think I can handle. I often over-commit and am found trying to juggle too many things at once.
4. THINK! — As stated in my weaknesses, I often act impulsively, hence social overpowering, over-commitment, missing details, etc… I am making the commitment to think before I act, speak, or commit. Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” I hope that by taking more time to think, I will be able to have better discernment.
5. PLAN! — This mostly applies to my teaching. I often become organized because I don’t take time to plan. For someone who already struggles with being impulsive, I really need to make sure I take the time to plan out my days so that I can teach and use my time efficiently.
With all that being said, I would also like to add that Leah and I had fun taking this analysis. We were polar opposites and have learned much about our personalities and how we can work together to strengthen our marriage. This is most important. I’m excited to see how we grow in the coming months!