Does a Basketball team and your organisation have something in common?

The Extended DISC® tools are utilised in many different types of organisations as well as in sports teams. Obviously there is more to simply understanding the behavioural style of the individuals in a sport’s team, but it is a very important component of a successful team.

We all know that fitness is a major contributor to success but many studies in sport’s psychology (and the experience of those of us who have competed at the top level) know that just one “misfit” can impact on a team’s performance. This is the reason that sometimes the most successful team is not one that is comprised of “rock stars” but those who subscribe to the “TEAM” principle………..”Together Everybody Achieves More”. So behavioural style analysis really helps in understanding team dynamics.

Let’s consider the background of the two basketball teams in our example.

Both teams are professional basketball teams with fulltime professional players. Both teams had mediocre success in the league with equal wins and losses and the players in both teams are considered to be equally talented athletes.

Now let’s hear the comments from the two coaches and look at the composition of the players as shown on the two Extended DISC® Diamonds (shown below the comments).

The coach’s comments on Team A are…..

•Easier team to coach

•They do as I say

•They plan their practice well

•The team wants to work together at their own pace

•A consistantly performing team

•Difficult to change the pace in the middle of the game

•A defensive team

•Players on the bench follow the game quietly.


The coach’s comments on Team B are…..

•More difficult to coach

•Strongly reacting individuals, different from each other

•“Engaged” in practice sessions

•Fluctuating mood levels

•Many “stars” in the team

•Able to change playing style and aggression level

•Offensive team

•Each player has an individual role in the team.


Thinking now of your organisation……

If this knowledge is valuable to a basketball coach and helps him to understand how different teams work and react in different situations, wouldn’t it be valuable to you?

Would it help you to reach your own goals if you knew…..

•How to motivate different types of people

•Their natural behavioural styles and understood them

•When and how to utilise each style in your organisation

•If you have the right people in the key tasks.

Most of all, would it help to have a practical and comprehensive tool to help you find answers to all these questions?

Finally, do you want to know what kind of a team you are leading in your organisation?

The Extended DISC® Assessment System is a comprehensive toolkit on an individual, team and organisational level.  Contact Designer Mindset today to discuss how we can assist you.



Written by Kylie Ellwood