Everything DiSC Workplace Community of Practice series offered through May 2021
ISU Extension and Outreach Professional Development invites you to participate in a Community of Practice. Community of Practice (CoP) is a “group of people who "share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly". As we refresh and dive deeper into our learning of Everything DiSC communication, our workstyles, potential stereotyping, stress, and action planning.
Each virtual, 50-minute monthly session focuses on a different topic from the Everything DISC Workplace workshop. Sessions are related yet independent; register for any, or all in the series. Some sessions may require 'homework' to be completed prior to the session. Session leaders will vary. All sessions require participation for full benefit. There is no cost to attend these sessions.
- Participants must have already taken the Everything DiSC Workplace workshop
- Locate and have available your original Everything DiSC Workplace assessment report.
- Pre-work will require about one hour or less for some sessions.
- Equipment: virtual delivery will require reliable internet access, a microphone (preferred – telephone alternate), and a camera (preferred - optional).
Session 1 – Communicating in times of crisis, pandemics, and change. December 8 10:00am
The year 2020 has been challenging with a pandemic, derecho, murder hornets, an election, homeschooling and maybe even the “quarantine 15”. This period has also created challenges in communication as people are more isolated, unable to read visual cues and body language all while navigating the stress of the unknown. We will discuss the strengths of each DiSC style and provide a refresher on the benefits of each style. We will practice how we communicate with others of different styles during times of stress and how you might prepare for a conversation for the best possible outcome.
Session 2 – ' Pigeon Holing and Stereotyping’ January 12 10:00am
Pigeonholing is a process that attempts to lump people into a limited number of characteristics of a personality style. The term usually carries connotations of criticism, implying that the classification scheme referred to inadequately reflects all people in a DiSC style or that it is based on stereotypes. Learn how pigeonholing and stereotyping can be harmful and how to avoid it.
Session 3 – 'People Reading’ February 9 10:00am
We make judgments about people as soon as we meet them. We can’t help it. These assumptions help us communicate and relate to others. DiSC helps you make better-informed judgments that you can refine as you learn more about a person. Reading someone’s body language, noticing their pacing and listening for the types of questions they ask can all inform your reading of another. These initial hypotheses of style can help you provide better customer service or reduce someone’s stress.
Session 4 – ’Workplace Conflict - Harness the Power’ March 16 10:00am
Conflict is an inevitable and often destructive part of workplace interactions. But it doesn't have to be that way. Uncover the reasons behind destructive responses to conflict and learn how to reframe them to become more constructive and useful.
Session 5 - ‘How You Work - Tips for Working with Me’ April 13 10:00am
Frankly, each of us sometimes experiences frustration due to the styles of others. We can lose patience with or just not “get” another person. Even in our office, you might hear a comment like “Can you soften that D a bit while we discuss the issue?” or “Can you reach into some C to take care of those reports?” But we also really love each style and try to learn from each of them.
Session 6 – ‘Action Planning’ May 11 10:00am
Have you taken a course, loved the content, and yet it seemed to end up on a pile or in a “to-do” folder? Action planning is the process of turning the strategies that you have learned into actionable goals. Action planning is identifying what exactly you need to do to get where you want to be. Whether those are personal goals or organizational goals and developing a plan to improve your communication.
Register online. About one week prior to each class, participants will receive a reminder email message which will include class pre-work.
Please contact Alison DePenning for additional information.