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People Watching

· Communication,DiSC

A few weeks ago, we returned home from a cruise and while time off should allow us time to re-charge our batteries and re-group from daily life, my experience was different. Instead, I found myself observing a wide variety of people, when engaged in activities, when sharing a table in the dining room or just people-watching. It was interesting because everyone was a stranger and someone who I would be interacting with for only a short time. Most likely, I would not be seeing my “cruise friends” once the cruise was over.

It was interesting to see the different styles of human behavior playing out each day. Some were more people-oriented, others were more detail-oriented, the introverts, and the extroverts. There were those who were persuasive, more flexible or easy going, or those who were analytical, enjoyed telling stories or having an audience and those who need to be in control.

And because our time together was brief, it was easier to decide with whom to spend more time. In real life, we are often interacting with many styles as well. The difference is that in our real lives with friends, family and co-workers, we may not be able to keep our distance as easily. A greater understanding of human behavior is always valuable. Learn more about the DiSC© Behavioral Profile here.

“One can state, without exaggeration, that the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis of all human knowledge.” - Alfred Nobel