Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Disney Character DiSC Behavioral Styles

Last week I spent a couple of days at Inscape Publishing’s MindLab conference in Orlando, Florida. In typical Inscape fashion the sessions were excellent and the people I met were delightful. We decided to take advantage of the location and spend a few days exploring Walt Disney World. Wow, have things changed in the 20 years since I was last there! Since we spent a lot of time in the Magic Kingdom, and we were discussing DiSC, I thought I would try a little character reading. Here are four characters I thought fit each DiSC behavioral style.

Musafa from the Lion King – High D

Well, let’s face it he’s a lion. Lions are dominant by nature but his personality style in the movie screams of highly dominant behavior. After all he accepted the challenge of being king, he manages any trouble that arises in the kingdom and helps the rest of the kingdom solve problems.

Ariel from The Little Mermaid - High i

This is one of my daughter’s all time favorites. Ariel tends to view people and situations with optimism, she is very articulate and makes an extremely favorable impression. While she may not seek out social recognition she does like freedom of expression and group activities. This is evident by the number of friends she keeps.

Winnie the Pooh from Winnie the Pooh & Friends - High S

While this loveable bear is not much for details (except when it comes to honey) he sure enjoys people. You might consider Pooh to be a high I but he is probably an S. In his never ending search for honey Pooh demonstrates an extremely steady side to his behavior. He is consistent but patient in his search. There’s no question he’s loyal and has a wonderful calming ability.

Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio - High C

Jiminy Cricket served as Pinocchio’s conscience so who better to serve as our conscientious example? Jiminy uses subtle or indirect approaches to conflict, is definitely diplomatic and uses systematic approaches to situation. Jiminy Cricket is definitely highly conscientious.