Which best describes you?
- “Here’s exactly what’s going to happen” planner
- “This might work” planner
- “I’m not sure about this bit” planner
- “Let’s all get together to make a plan” planner
- “I’ll plan a bit and leave the rest to the universe” planner
- “Let’s just see what happens” planner
- “Can someone else do this, I’m too busy” planner
- “Just tell me what you want and I’ll do it” planner
- “I’ll get around to it later” planner
- “I’ve never had a plan in my life, I’m not about to start now” non-planner
- Something I haven’t even described here or a combination of others
We’re all different – and we seem to attract people into our lives who are our opposites – thank goodness! Imagine if we were all the same… Chaos would reign; there’d be no leaders and no followers OR there’d be fights breaking out amongst people who insist on doing it their way.
If you’ve ever been frustrated by the planning or non-planning processes of your boss or partner or work colleagues, it doesn’t mean they’re wrong it just means they do things differently to you.
And if you know a little bit about DISC profiling you’ll understand that there are 4 basic personalities:
The High “D” people are dominant and driving and want to be at the front of everything, but aren’t good when it comes to details.
They make a plan where they can change, fix or control things. They need the High “C” people to handle the details and High “I” people to explain it to the team.
The High “I” people are Influential and Inspiring.
They like to be at the centre of things with lots of people around them. These people will make plans to be “popular” and are also not particularly interested in details. They need High “D” people to dive parts of the project where it gets bogged down. And they need “S” people to steadily work away at all the tasks that need doing.
The High “S” people are steady and supportive.
These are the people who like to be given a plan rather than write one. They are very good at being cooperative supportive and agreeable. Plus, they can carry the plan forward and get things done. They need High “C” people to help with the details and the “I” people to keep them connected to the larger team and the “D” to the purpose.
The High “C” people are conscientious careful and compliant.
With rules to follow, their plan will be very detailed and precise. These people need High “S” individual to help them relax a little and go with the flow – and the “D” people to drive the plan forward. “I” people can help deliver the plan to the team without them getting overwhelmed.
Of course, we are not all of one thing, we are combinations of these personality profiles but we do have a dominant personality.
Ultimately your plan needs to be your plan if you’re in a solo business. If you are planning for others consider their personality profile. Ask them what they need in a plan to fully engage with it; how much detail; who does what; who leads what and what is the benefit of the plan to the whole team.
To find out more about DISC profiling and how it can be used in your team book a 15-minute call here.