Workshop Outline

Undertake the DiSC® Workplace Profile online prior to the workshop. This requires approximately

20mins for each person and requires them to have access to a computer and the internet.


Day 1: Everything DiSC® Workplace Profile: Knowing your own styles and how to read others

Full day workshop (8:30am – 4:00pm)

Module 1: Discovering Your DiSC® Style – DiSC Workplace Profile – 90mins

  • Walk through the framework of the DiSC model and view DVD that introduces the model
  • DiSC feedback reports
  • Learn about their own priorities and how these influence actions, and what motivates and stresses them
  • Create flipchart descriptions of a day in the life of their style (ie, people of similar styles work as groups) and share them with the whole group
  • Begin the action planning for ideas they need to remember when working with others

Module 2: Understanding other styles – 90mins

  • Watch DVD segments introducing co-workers with various styles and discover what works for them and challenges them when working with different styles
  • Participate in activities that build an understanding of the differences and how they may have to be flexible when working with these styles
  • Learn of the different styles within the staff

Module 3: Building More effective Relationships – 90mins

  • Watch DVD segments of co-workers sharing their challenges working with each DiSC style and learn of the strategies they use to overcome these obstacles
  • Learn personalized strategies for building a more effective relationship with a style of their choosing
  • Continue building their own action plan for use in their chosen context

Module 4: People Reading – 60mins

  • Learn how to recognize other’s DiSC styles using people reading cues
  • Practice the method using a series of DVD segments
  • Use the people reading process to complete their personal action plan relevant to staff members they need to work with

Module 5: Working as a Team – 60mins

  • Learn of the DiSC styles within your team and identify the team strengths and areas to “watch out for” when working as a team.
  • Sustainability planning will be included to enable participants to consider strategies to accommodate team differences.


Day 2: Managing Monkeys and Gaining Buy In for Institute Initiatives

Full day workshop (8:30am – 4:00pm)

Research (Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler, 2012) has identified the root of many issues in professional workplaces stem from colleagues not sharing the same understanding of expected behaviour in the workplace, and not clearly dealing with such differences when they arise. This workshop is intended to:

  1. clarify what effective “monkey management / delegation” looks like, sounds like and feels life—to those who work in the organisation, as well as those who engage with it from the outside and to better skill the participants to delegate tasks were appropriate and also
  2. provide skills and confidence to gain buy in from key stakeholders when seeking support for Northern Institute projects.

Session 1: Monkey Management

  • Participants will explore and unpack their experience of what effective delegation (monkey management) means
  • Incorporate emotional intelligence and its application to delegation by unpacking the messages within their DiSC® Workplace Profile
  • Exploration and practice of delegating tasks — what it “looks”, “sounds” and “feels” like

Session 2: Gaining Buy In

  • Understanding of the role of trust as a foundation of effective relationships
  • The difference between a “selling” and “gaining a buyer” in the way we have conversations with stakeholders
  • Establishment of best professional practice in dealing with key stakeholders
  • Adapting to change—looking at the importance of “letting go” and the role of mindset in managing change and adaptive work environments
  • Strategies for sustaining growth and maintaining the learning

About the facilitator

Grant O’Sullivan is Director, WA, SA, NT with growth coaching international and heads up the work undertaken in WA, SA and the NT. He is an experienced and proven leader with a passion and track record of bringing out the best in people. Grant has a career background that has included general manager, board chair, director of schools and school principal and is a highly sought after keynote speaker, facilitator and trainer working in both the corporate sector and educational field.

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 08:30 to Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 16:00