Probably every manager can identify with the phrase – “Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger!”

It can be so difficult to help your team navigate change. Most especially unwanted change.

But helping your team through a difficult moment of change can be one of the most valuable things you can do as a leader.

And DiSC® can help.

In this short but INCREDIBLY VALUABLE 10 minute video from Everything DiSC®’s you will learn how.

Navigating Change Play Video

First, learn about the “Change Curve”, a visual representation of our typical human reaction to unwelcome change. From disorientation to reorientation, it involves managing tough emotions, exploring, problem-solving, and eventually reaching a new normal.

Second, learn how to support each style through unwanted change:

  • Dominant (D): Focus on restoring control and agency. Address loss of freedom, authority, or status promptly.
  • Influence (i): Seek connection and express emotions. Create spaces for open communication and reassurance.
  • Steadiness (S): Emphasize emotional support and inclusion. Acknowledge and reassure individuals, fostering a sense of belonging.
  • Conscientiousness (C): Provide stability and safety. Offer information and understanding, addressing skepticism with transparent logic.

In short, recognizing what your team members need in a difficult moment can make the difference between extended disorientation and suffering and acceptance and moving forward.

If you are currently using DiSC® with your team – click here for a PDF cheat sheet on helping your people through change.

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About the Author: Kate Cockrill

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A little about me... I am a social scientist, facilitator, and professional coach. Through my business: Kate Cockrill Coaching, I support mission driven managers and directors with 1:1 career coaching, leadership coaching, team workshops, and retreat design. My clients include leaders in healthcare, education, research and social innovation.

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