Fortunately the world seems to have largely recovered from the 2007 – 2009 recession although some of the memories of that period still remain for many.
Only a few people were immune from the pressures caused by the reduction in commercial activity and some professions encountered serious head-winds. And maybe because of my background, I have never forgotten one specific case.
We were approached by the senior partner of an eight partner legal firm during this period as he was concerned about the communication issues that had developed between the partners. He had attended a presentation sponsored by one of the trading banks, which was delivered by a business development consultant who was an advocate of Extended DISC.
The consultant had explained in his presentation how Extended DISC profiles helped organisations better understand their people and this struck a chord with the lawyer as his firm had been experiencing communication difficulties amongst the partners.
The partnership had lost several large clients and the pressure on the principals was causing a breakdown in the relationship between the partners. Our lawyer friend therefore decided that obtaining a behavioural report from each of the partners and sharing their reports between them would help in a better understanding of each other’s behavioural styles, thereby improving communication and a better understanding of each other.
It was an interesting exercise and even although the process was completed some six years ago, we have kept copies of the reports. Five of the eight reports produced DISC Profiles that clearly revealed some pressure, but three of them demonstrated other emotional issues.
Two of the Profile sets are shown shown below.