Episode 5

Better communication by understanding personality styles, part 1

On this episode, we’re talking about the importance of understanding personality styles through the lens of DISC.

Why this is important

  • It’s super important to have better communication
  • It’s better for not taking things personally
  • It’s important for understanding each other

DISC 101

We all send and receive information the way we prefer to send and receive it

Natural vs. adaptive styles

We all have D, I, S, and C but people tend to have 1-2 dominant styles

Maturity vs. immaturity

The goal is to lean in the direction of one another’s personality styles

What that looks like

High D

(D) Dominance, Results Oriented, Driven, Competitive

Where they’re gifted:

Thinking innovatively, challenges the status quo



Leading groups in same direction

Functioning well under heavy workloads

Weaknesses or how they contribute to conflict:

Oversteps authority


Doesn't consider opinions of others

Takes on too much thinking it will create fast results

Commonly misses details that prevent mistakes

Controls environment through anger

High I

(I) Influencing, Persuasive, Inspiring, Enthusiastic

Where they’re gifted:

Enthusiastic and optimistic



Accepting of others

Incredible at influencing and motivating

Creative problem-solvers

Weaknesses or how they contribute to conflict:

Can be more concerned with speaking than listening

Says "yes" too much and overpromises

Feels attacked by critique

Needs to be accepted

Loses focus with too many details

Controls environment through charm

About the Podcast

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About your hosts

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Joel Fortner

Joel has been married to MaryBeth since 2010 and began the fostering journey in 2019. They have a heart to serve married couples who've chosen the fostering journey. He and MaryBeth have 2 biological kids and 2 foster kids (and 2 dogs) and make their home in middle Tennessee, where Joel serves as a leader and coach with Chris LoCurto and team.
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