The Scorpion & The Frog

Reading People & Applying Disc Principles

Apply 4-square model of personal styles (i.e. DISC) to improve collaboration and co-operation

A frog agrees to carry a scorpion across a river. Halfway, the scorpion bites the frog. As paralysis sets in, the frog asks “Why did you do that? We will both die.” The scorpion replied, “It is in my nature.”

Does everyone think like you? Prioritize the same things? Have the same preferences? Go about their business the same way? Far from it.

Why are some people so easy to talk to while others seem too distant, abrasive or careless? It takes some self-evaluation and the ability to read people, but it’s easy to see once you know what you’re looking for.

We all have predictable tendencies. DISC was first to figure it out, followed by Myers-Briggs and many others that identified 4 basic types: direct, decisive Drivers; imaginative Innovators; supportive Stabilizers and cautious Calculators.

The discussion is enlightening and entertaining. Far more importantly, you’ll learn the telltale signs and motivations so you can be more effective. The emphasis is on highly relevant situations submitted in advance related to resolving issues, building relationships, working more productively, etc.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand and recognize 4 main personality types at work
  • Anticipate potential issues to play to each person’s strengths
  • Communicate more effectively and facilitate collaboration