Using Personality Assessments to Own Your Next MeetingMay 23, 2022
MARLTON, NJ ? May 23rd, 2022 ?
Understand the four “bird” personalities to drive better meeting results and help improve relationships across your organization.
Ever wonder why some meetings are productive while others quickly go off the rails? Despite conventional belief, neither the actual content nor the delivery of the meeting’s organizer is the reason why some fail to yield results. More often, meetings go awry based on how attendees receive the messages conveyed during the session — and how they receive, misconstrue, or fail to take away those key messages can be based on their personality types. Yes, the personalities present in the room can bring more to bear on whether a meeting is successful or a waste of time than anything the host might say or present on the screen. Let’s look at the reasons why.
Personality styles have been studied for thousands of years, dating back to 500 BC when the Chinese related a person’s temperament to elements such as wood, fire, earth, and metal. Hippocrates, Aristotle, and the Native Americans all developed similar coding systems, and by the 20th century, prominent psychologists like Carl Jung, William Marston, and Roger Sperry had each created models that classified individuals by both a dominant and secondary trait. William Marston’s DISC Assessment has been taken by over seven million people and continues to validate personality theories.
However, it’s Merrick Rosenberg’s 2012 adaptation of Marston’s DISC assessment entitled the Take Flight Learning model that is the easiest to apply when it comes to leading a productive meeting. In this model, Rosenberg uses various bird types to represent personality and work styles. Whether in a one-on-one with a direct report or a conference room full of C-suite executives, how well an organizer understands and translates Rosenberg’s four bird types to the situation can directly impact the success or outcome of the meeting.
But to do that, it’s essential to first understand the basics of Merrick’s Take Flight Learning model. By linking the DISC styles to four birds, Rosenberg breathes new life into the tried-and-true DISC model. First introduced by Merrick in his book, Taking Flight!,1 the birds add colorful energy and help create a memorable mapping for meeting leaders. By linking Eagles to the Dominant (D) style, Parrots to the Interactive (I) style, Doves to the Supportive (S) style, and Owls to the Conscientious (C) style, it’s easier for meeting organizers to remember — and tailor their message to — each personality. Here’s a brief rundown of the four Birds.
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