Is There Practial Value in Personality Style Analysis?

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bill-4The use of personality style assessment tools is certainly not new.  In fact counselors, psychologists and life coaches have made use of these techniques for years.  However, many people wonder if there is real practical value in knowledge of your personality. Is it even helpful or wise to gain insight into the personality styles of family members, friends, associates and customers? The simple answer is “YES” this knowledge can be extremely beneficial. Understood properly it can be used to help a person comprehend why he or she acts and reacts in certain ways to various situations. Knowing this can lead to a conscious effort to change negative responses and replace them with positives.

A simple example is a person who understands that they are (what the DISC model would describe) as a “high D” or a dominant driver who just wants to get to the bottom line. They can build on that knowledge while learning to better understand how to communicate and cooperate with a person who tends to be very high  on building interpersonal relationships (“high I), or with another who thrives on details and loves in-depth factual analysis (“high C”).

It is impossible for this coaching tip to delve deeper into this fascinating field of study. I encourage you to do research and learn more about yourself and those you care about, including customers.  I am confident that you will be able to enhance relationships and play a role in creating a more peaceful and enjoyable home and work environment, by the wise use of personality style analysis. One caution, this is just one tool and should not be used to label people, as we are all a unique mix of various styles and we also tend to react differently under stress. So use this as just one more self-help tool.

Because I was first introduced to the DISC personality style model, I use it in my Executive Life Coaching firm. My wife and I first encountered DISC after 25 years of marriage and it made us laugh out loud as the results proved that we are at opposite ends of the personality styles model.  That knowledge helped us grow in understanding and has lead to a second 25 years. Thanks be to God.

William Sitter Life Coaching, LLC provides services as a Christian Executive Life Coach.
Bill is Board Certified by the International Association of Christian Coaches.

Goal Setting

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goal-chalkboardGoal Setting and the road taken to achieve these goals is not an exercise for the faint hearted….it takes work and dedication, but it is definitely worth it! The goal setting process has equal application for individuals, family units and businesses of all sizes.  Sure we’ve all heard sayings like: “Failing to plan is planning to fail” and “If you don’t know where you are or where you are going, then any road will get you there”. There are also some widely accepted statistics that less than 5% of Americans ever have actual written goals, but those who do consistently outperform the other 95%. So I think it is safe to say that those who are reading this article, with an interest in life coaching, would agree that establishing written goals and developing a path with various milestones is essential to eventual goal achievement. Continue reading

Communication the Vital Link

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communication-earEveryone wants to be heard and to have his/her message clearly understood.  Therefore, Communications is the Vital Link; the linkage that allows us to transmit information, receive input and to act or react accordingly. Sounds logical, so why is it often so difficult to make the connection between message sender and message receiver; and why are so many communications garbled, twisted or totally ignored?  On the other hand, what is the “magic” that allows effective leaders to effectively convey messages that not only seem to resonate with their “receivers” or audience and typically cause them to respond to the intent of the message?  Continue reading

Motivational Factors and Personality Types

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motivation-articleLet us launch this brief overview with the premise that capturing an understanding of how our own personality type, as well as the things that motivate or demotivate us, can play an enormous role in our success, personally and in our business dealings. If you agree with this statement, fast forward this concept to the advantages of having an equally clear grasp of the personality differences and motivational factors of your spouse, family and friends, and those you interface with in the corporate world….leaders, peers and subordinates. Trying to determine these factors boils down to trying to get a handle on “what makes us and others tick”. Continue reading