Picture your business as a school bus, a really important school bus, and you have taken great care to be sure that the people who sit in the seats on your bus are the right people for the seat. Your Vice-President, CFO, maybe even your HR director and Sales & Marketing directors all have a seat at the front of your bus. Seats further back are filled with managers, supervisors, and others in your business. In normal day-to-day operations, you can comfortably drive your bus down the road you’re following and avoid the bumps, potholes, and deer in the road.
But what happens if you face a detour? You may find out that the bus you are driving looks like the one on the right. Your detour could be:
- a fantastic project or contract, the likes of which you’ve been working on for quite a while now;
- an unexpected loss of business, and you need to make internal adjustments FAST.
You are now lost and you need to get back on the right track ASAP.
Start by identifying your process issues.
- Where are your problem areas?
- Where do you need to allocate personnel in order to manage the problems you’ve uncovered?
- What are you missing?
Your key to revealing your way through the detour: your people! Those very same people sitting on your bus understand your business from their unique perspective and talents. This knowledge is invaluable to you, and it’s what’s really been moving your bus down the road. But how do you harness this and put it to use?
DISC is your key to revealing the talents of your people. In order to switch your bus to an updated model, my clients use DISC because it shows you the talents of the people who work for you. You may use a very different configuration of people for specific topics. Having your DISC results readily available in a spreadsheet format like you get with KITE DISCtest24/7 gives you the ability to quickly assemble the people to remodel your bus.
Detour done and back on the road to success. You may choose to continue along the detour, or you may choose to return to your original route. My points are that:
- your choice needs to be informed,
- your people hold the key to your being informed, and
- one of the tools you use to become informed is DISC.
As you’re driving your bus down the road today, why not stop for a minute and visit with me to see how I can help you? I’ve been using DISC with businesses just like yours for many years. Happy trails!