Book Review -- Taking Flight! Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships...Your Life

July 3, 2013

I was introduced to DISC personality profiling through my professional sales trainer.  He stressed the importance of knowing your own profile, and using the skills learned in our sales training to ascertain the personality of the people we were communicating with.  I then learned that DISC is a highly valued management tool as well.  Very successful people, such as Dave Ramsey, use DISC testing in their organizations.  As I began to read Taking Flight! I was very excited to further expand my knowledge and understanding of the world of DISC.  The book did not disappoint.
 
While Taking Flight! is not a deep dive into the science, or even the deep application of DISC it does give you a very good understanding of the principles of DISC, and even more importantly, it gives you a very simple and effective way to relate to the concepts of DISC.
 
The book uses birds, specifically 4 species of birds to demonstrate the 4 profiles that exist in the DISC paradigm.  His selection of foul worked perfectly for me to extrapolate from my reference of how these birds behaved into the personality divisions within the DISC system.  The D in DISC is represnted by an eagle named Dorion (note how the first letter in his name is the same as his profile.)  The I's are represented by a pair of parrots named Indy and Ivy.  S's are doves called Samuel and Sarah. C's are represented by Owls called Clark and Crystal.
 
These birds work at the extreme of their personality profile and offer a very effective demonstration of what these profiles look and feel like.  By the end of the book you have both a good understanding of how DISC looks and feels, but a very simple tool to remember how each profile acts.  Just think of how each bird acts (or would act if it could speak and reason) and you have the personalities of the DISC system at easy command.
 
Taking Flight!: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships...Your Life was a short read, with enjoyable characters and worked well to instruct.  I would recommend it to anyone interested in a primer on DISC.  I would recommend anyone in sales or management dig into DISC, as I believe it is an invaluable tool for both professions.