QuikDiSC consists of a master deck of 128 cards. This master deck is made up of four sets of 32 cards each.
Each of the four, 32 card sets is colour-coded, corresponding to one of the DiSC Dimensions:
- 8 green set for D – Dominance
- 8 red set for i – Influence
- 8 blue set for S – Steadiness
- 8 yellow set for C – Conscientiousness
Each of the cards has one of 32 descriptive words. The words correspond to one of the four DiSC dimensions (with 8 descriptive words for each dimension).
Each QuikDiSC deck comes with the full instructions below.
How to Play QuikDiSC
- Shuffle the deck thoroughly and distribute six cards to each player. Ask participants to select the card that is least like them and place it face down on a table in an open area. Explain that the first step is to keep the five cards that they feel are the most accurate self-description- as they see themselves.
- With five cards in hand, participants are asked to mingle in the group, introduce themselves to other participants, and trade cards to get an increasingly accurate description of themselves reflected in their cards. NOTE: If you prefer to work with smaller groups, divide the group into small groups of five to seven people so that they can interact more intensely with each other.
- When they have five cards that describe them well, participants are asked to discard the two cards in their hands that are least like them by placing them on a table, or tables if the group is large.
- When participants discard their cards, they put them face up on the table so other participants can trade any card in their hand for any card on the table that they believe more accurately describes them. After all the trading is done, the cards on the table are collected.
- With the three remaining cards that they feel best describe them, participants are asked to gather in groups of three to seven people. Each relates an incident from his or her life experience that incorporates each of the self-selected, personal characteristics.
- Ask participants to look at the distribution of colours throughout the room. Each colour represents a unique view of the world and a way of responding to it. A wide variation in colours indicates a very diverse group. You can point out the potential synergistic power within the group.
- If one colour predominates, it is an indication that the group is fairly homogeneous and alike in significant ways. The diversity is there, but it is reflected primarily in the intensityof the style or dimension of behaviour. Have participants compare the various descriptive words and point out the wide range of colours in their hands to reveal the diversity within the predominant behavioural style of the group.
Great Ideas for Specific Training Situations
Participants may select one personal characteristic and identify how this strength will enable them to contribute to the team’s or organization’s future goals.
How have your unique personal traits contributed to your team’s success?
Ask the participants to identify how each of their strengths has contributed to the success of the team in the past. The focus is on celebrating past achievements.
Identify how one of your strengths will help us to achieve our desired future goals.
If the group is a reasonable size (fewer than 30), participants may pick their favourite card and share, with the group, where they work and how the descriptive characteristic they have chosen allows them to be successful in their role at work.
How do your unique personal characteristics help you to be successful, in your role, within your organization?
Customer Service Focus:
Have people gather in small groups to discuss how their personal characteristics are reflected in how they treat customers and how they, as customers, wish to be treated. Ask how their characteristics are reflected in their “pet peeves” about customers and customer service.
Discuss how your unique characteristics influence how you want to be treated as a customer.
Change or Transition Management:
Invite participants to share stories of past successes by describing how each of their personal strengths came into play as they navigated their course through a significant change in their personal or professional life.
Describe how a personal characteristic helped you navigate through changes in your life.
In a feedback process, each team member selects, from the cards in hand, one personal characteristic that he or she appreciates most. Then, other team members give examples of how this individual’s characteristic has helped the team. This helps team members understand how other people see them.
Pick one of your unique characteristic and let others give you feedback on that characteristic.