DISC Theory and Application
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All things DISC in sport! Find out all you need to know about DISC theory and how it applies in practice within the sporting context. You may find our sections for our most recent articles, resources and materials, latest newsletters, or 5 Minutes with Bo Hanson video series valuable too.
Showcasing Strategic & Tactical Thinking in Women’s Rugby
Recapping the 2023 WRCRA Conference organized by USWRF with Director, Kerri Heffernan; and presenters Liz Masen, CEO of Athlete Assessments, and Becky Carlson, Head Coach of Quinnipiac Women’s Rugby.
Recapping Athlete Assessments’ Annual Team Retreat
Our team shares how we walked our talk by kickstarting our 2023 season with our annual team retreat to ensure team alignment, invest in each other, and deliver exceptional outcomes for the year ahead.
Chasing Victory in Volleyball: McGill-Toolen’s Rise from Contenders to Champions
Every successful team, coach, and athlete has experienced the disappointment of multiple losses on their journey to victory. So what did Head Volleyball Coach, Kate Wood do to get her team across the line to accomplish their ultimate goal of obtaining a championship win? We sat down with Kate to find out!
Fighting Irish Softball Take on a DISC Inspired Bake-off
Head Coach of Notre Dame Softball, Deanna Gumpf, and her awarded coaching staff share how their team challenge their understanding of DISC Profiling to go beyond the field and into a good old-fashioned bake-off.
The Fearless Coach: What We Can Learn from 12 Years in the Head Coaching Seat
Becky Carlson, Head Coach of Quinnipiac University Women’s Rugby, on her 12 years building the sport from the ground up and the importance of understanding others to help them understand themselves.
Coming off the Pitch: Four Decades of Consistent Leadership
Missouri State Head Softball Coach, Holly Hesse on her 35 years at the helm, what factors are crucial for program and student athlete success, and how to get the best out of the people around you.
Her Next Play: Developing the Next Generation of Women Leaders
Reflecting on the inaugural Rookie Career Accelerator Program, with President of Her Next Play, Sara Wegmann, and how self-awareness was a critical piece of the equation.
No Degrees of Separation for Technical and Mental Performance Coaching
Mental Performance Coach, Rick Sessinghaus, on using behavioral profiling as a foundation for effective coaching, producing championship winning athletes, and highlighting the strengths of each DISC Profile in golf.
Communicating in Sport with Different DISC Styles
‘Communication is the response we get.’ It’s an interesting concept, which becomes even more interesting when we think about this in action. Thinking back to the last time somebody misinterpreted our words or misunderstood what we were saying, the chances are that we don’t have to think back too far. The challenge is, how do we ensure we minimize how often this scenario occurs, who takes responsibility for it happening, and importantly, rectify it for the future.
Self-Advocation as an Assistant Coach
A panel of expert head coach developers joined us for a recent webinar, in this article we debrief their discussions on why proactivity, self-awareness, and understanding coaching needs, are the key to progressing in your coaching career.
The Head Coach’s How-To on Assistant Coach Recruitment
In any industry, recruiting the right person to join your team is a challenging task, but when done right can be extremely rewarding. We spoke to a panel of head coaches who are experts in recruiting assistant coaches for their own programs. Think of this as the how-to for recruiting the right assistant coach, the effects it has on team culture, and why it’s part of a head coach’s role to get it right.
Sport Coaching Styles: The Four DISC Styles
As we all know, our personality impacts our behavior and as such has a direct impact on our coaching style. However, unlike personality, which is relatively stable, a coach’s style is a preferred pattern of behavior and as such it can be changed or adapted depending on the situation. Most of all though, a coach’s style can be changed or adapted if they are aware of their style preference and what style will give them the results they need.
Defining Team Roles: A Critical Component of Managing Conflict
Trust can be built through developing an understanding of one another and their position within the team. When we talk about team roles, we look at both technical and non-technical roles as being equally critical to a team’s success. While technical roles are the position an athlete plays on the field, non-technical roles refer to how the athletes make (or don’t make) a contribution to the team beyond their technical position.
Why Understanding Your Athletes Off the Field, Drives On Field Performance
Let me ask you the most important of coaching questions, “What style of coach are you?” As coaches we occupy a special, even privileged place in our athletes’ lives. On the surface, we are just a part of their athletic journey, but really, we often spend as much, if not more time with our athletes, than their family and close friends.
Our Commitment to High-Performance, Compliance, and Reliance
The results are in and we’re proud to share that an independent statistical analysis by the Assessment Standards Institute (ASI), the industry’s peak ratification body, has found that Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiles meet or exceed accepted standards for Data Reliability and Construct Validity.
A Peek Behind the Curtain of our New Look DISC Reports
Fresh new covers featuring a sweeping collection of sporting images, are among the primarily aesthetic changes to Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profile Reports. The new look reports including; AthleteDISC Profile, CoachDISC Profile, Sport ManagerDISC Profile, Team Dynamic Report, and the series of Performance Review 360 Reports, were launched and went live in July 2021.
Szabolcs Hollósi’s Program Recognized as Best Practice in European Union’s SPORT.YOUTH.INCLUSION Program
Athlete Assessments’ Consultant Client, Szabolcs Hollósi, has been recognized alongside some of the best sports consultants in the European Union (EU), as his program, The Art of Treating and Communicating Well with People in Sport, is included in the EU’s SPORT.YOUTH.INCLUSION best practice programs.
New Book About How to Win in Business and Sport
Here’s a positive to come out of Covid-19! Our client, Head Coach of the Utah Utes Volleyball team, Beth Launiere, took on a different challenge last year and collaborated with Leo Hopf to co-author the book, ‘Stop Competing And Start Winning: The Business Of Coaching’.
Team Day Activity a Festive Season Favorite in February
Athlete Assessments Team Day #1 2021; Team Day activity, using DISC profiling, developing communication, team work and some fun.
Connecting and Collaborating at the Client Collective
The faces occupying each Zoom square on Athlete Assessments’ first Client Collective were distinguished by their choice of beverage – Eastern Time in the United States saw clients sharing their happy hour with us, water bottles for those on Mountain Time, Pacific and Central Time, in the UK it’s a late night cup of tea and comparatively, time zones in Australia saw clients reaching for their morning latte.
Fitness Business Podcast: with Bo Hanson
We’re thrilled to share Bo’s chat with Dori Nugent, Host of the Fitness Business Podcast. In the episode, Bo and Dori cover all things DISC Profiling and the benefit of using it to hire the right person for the job.
Case Study: Applying Athlete Assessments DISC Profiling
Dr LaTisha Bader, Certified Mental Performance Consultant on using Athlete Assessments’ DISC Profiling to develop self-awareness and team chemistry.
Ticking ALL the Boxes of Mental Performance
If there was a shopping list of everything an athlete or coach wants in a trusted advisor or performance coach, the entire list can be checked off with all that Bob Tewksbury brings. Want someone who has excelled at the highest level and under enormous pressure?
DISC Profiling in Sport and the Process of Improvement
Every time an athlete, coach or team strives to better their performance, they analyze themselves in action, identify areas to improve upon and make plans for change…
Update: More Wins and Workshops in Hungary
You might remember an earlier article about our consultant client Szabolcs Hollósi in Szombathely, Hungary – we’re sharing an update!
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