“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” —Henry David Thoreau
I’ve heard a lot of feedback recently about walking to a different drummer. One of our team members recently went through training where she was asked about her “DiSC” profile. She was asked about getting along with others from the 4 different styles. It struck me that we live in a world with so many millions of people that the idea that we all fit into 4 profile types seems unrealistic. But for this discussion, let’s assume we can all be sorted into the 4 common denominators that highlight our personality type.
With that said, I’m definitely a D – Dominance. I am a problem-solver, which is what also fuels my entrepreneur life. But I know everyone isn’t driven by my same “fix it” motivations, and I must work with others based on their need to influence, steady or conscientiously analyze the same problems. I have always seen the differences in who we are and what we are passionate about as positives. Having ideas, being unique, and using your voice is something I must say the younger generation has taken advantage of. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I came from a different culture where having a different drum is OK, but pounding on it loudly was discouraged.
To succeed in a business that is growing and changing, I’m having to remind myself of these facts and push to listen and be open to a different message. Being a “D,” I may take that input in and ignore it, but I’m trying to always be open to the idea. We all can benefit from a different drum approach!
-Stacey Smith, President and CEO