Coaching Quote of the Day 30th May 2015

"The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success." (David Sarnoff)

“The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.”

(David Sarnoff)

How Disc Assessment Can Help Coaches to Assist Other

In this weeks guest post Laura Morrissey discusses a tool coaches can use with their clients.

How Disc Assessment Can Help Coaches to Assist Others

By Laura Morrissey

"How Disc Assessment Can Help Coaches to Assist Others" by Laura Morrissey

As a committed coach, you will know coaching has many different angles and whether you are a life coach, corporate coach, spiritual coach, etc. your aim at the end of the day is to fundamentally bring out the best in people , prepare, encourage, and steer them towards their capabilities and in the direction they want.

A good coach will draw out and develop a person’s potential from within, rather than push and try to influence then from the external environment. For this reason, Disc Assessment can be a valuable tool for coaches, being a form of coaching itself, the aim of the software is to make an individual more aware of their own inner and outer traits and qualities, presenting them with feedback and knowledge on how to utilize their traits to work with others and work as best as they can.


Disc works on the basis that a person’s character and traits can fall into one (or more) of four fields; Dominance, Influential, Steadiness, Conscientious. Each of these four groups represents a number of different defining qualities, the goals of each ‘type’ and how to deal and work with that person. However, as each individual is different, many find that their own character falls into more than one field, which can be even more beneficial particularly in the working world.

The dominant individual is competitive, driven, forceful, and strong-willed and is motivated by winning and success. They need a brief bottom line when being dealt with, seeking control of audience and independence.

Influential people are usually centred on group activities, marvelling in social recognition. It is important to share your experiences with this person, asking questions and allowing them so talk and you can recognise this person through their magnetic, warm and disorganised ways. Victory and friendship are what this person seeks.

Those under steady however are calm and patient, appreciating the status-quo and controlled environments. They need others who can react quickly to unexpected change and who can apply pressure on others and these are some of their witnesses.

The conscientious type however seek to gain knowledge and enjoy showing their expertise and quality work. Accuracy, stability and personal growth are important and when dealing with this person, facts and details are important to focus on.

DISC and the Individual

By understanding which character profile(s) your client falls into, you can better understand how to deal with your client and how best to approach them in order for them to reach their own level of efficiency. The in-depth feedback that disc offers, which you can use to develop the individual, allows them to become better acquainted with themselves and to utilize their skills and traits in an effective way in the working environment or life in general.

Conflict often surfaces when there is a lack of understanding between people, when others do not act in conformity to our expectations, or when we do not understand the reason, motivation or intention behind the actions of others. Personality clashes can be a common issue, although learning about your own personality and understanding the character traits of others can really help you work through conflict and reduce it greatly.

As well as dealing with personality clashes, Disc can also help to identify stress. It is able to detect and aid colleagues who are prone to stress and/or frustration, factors which can result in negativity, sickness, and under-achievement. This can hinder the progress of their organisation’s objectives.

In addition, for individuals who excel in their job roles (that match their skills, attitude and behaviour) and who have a keen determination and motivation, Disc can help to identify qualities and skills within a person such as management and leadership skills, organisation, sales aptitude and team-player qualities.

Coaching and DISC

As a coach, you may find it beneficial to use Disc yourself for a more personal involvement, in order to determine a better way that you yourself can help clients. For example, a dominant coach may want to provide peace and harmony, influential coaches may be interested in meeting with new people, steady coaches may have a high willingness to help people whereas a conscientious coach will seek peace and can adapt well.

When entering an environment where you are helping people progress using Disc, it is useful to understand yourself how it works and how it can help you to develop as a person and within a working environment. You will have the capability to understand how you address clients, improving your approach and how to make your advice and coaching more effective to each individual.

About Laura Morrissey

Laura Morrissey is a digital content editor for Disc Assessment. She shares tips for both leaders and coaches in working to the best of their ability together. Her specialist areas are coaching and team building.

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Coaching Quote of the Day 29th May 2015

"There is no certainty; there is only adventure." (Roberto Assagioli)

“There is no certainty; there is only adventure.”

(Roberto Assagioli)

The most popular quote from our twitter account from week 20 of 2015:

Most RT'd quotes last week on @thecoachingblog

Each Thursday I share the most RT’d quote(s) from the blogs twitter account over the previous week. Last week the most RT’d tweet was:

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said “faster horses”.”

(Henry Ford)

Tweeted on 23rd May

The next highest amount of RT’s was a tie between the following quotes:

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”

(Henry James)

Tweeted on 18th May

“Nine tenths of education is encouragement.”

(Anatole France)

Tweeted on 23rd May


“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.”

(Henry Ford)

Tweeted 24th May

thank you

Many thanks to everyone who shared the quotes above and the other quotes from last week. I know that there are various aspects that can influence if a quote attracts your attention – if you saw the tweet, personal style, if it speaks to something happening in your life at that moment etc.

Which quote do you prefer?

(For those of you as geeky as I am and wondering what tool I’m using to measure individual RT’s this week I’ve been playing with

Coaching Quote of the Day 28th May 2015

"It is sometimes the man who opens the door who is the last to enter the room." (Elizabeth Bibesco)

“It is sometimes the man who opens the door who is the last to enter the room.”

(Elizabeth Bibesco)

Coaching Quote of the Day 27th May 2015

"An expert knows all the answers - if you ask the right questions." (Levi Strauss)

“An expert knows all the answers – if you ask the right questions.”

(Levi Strauss)

TED Talk Tuesday 26th May 2015   Recently updated !

This week’s TED Talk clip is from an independent TEDx event:

Improve Your Situation | Taylor Morris | TEDxUNI

Clip length: 15 mins 27 secs

If when you have watched this video you then take the challenge offered the link to share your story is

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Coaching Quote of the Day 26th May 2015

"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." (Victor Hugo)

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

(Victor Hugo)