The 4-Dimensional Manager

DiSC Strategies for Managing Different People

Julie Straw (Author)

Publication date: 03/25/2002

Bestseller over 40,000+ copies sold

The 4-Dimensional Manager
  • Offers a proven and practical tool managers can use to quickly and accurately assess each employee's work style and adapt their management style to meet the needs of the employee and the situation
  • Includes the DiSC(r) self-help tool that has been used by more than 40 million people around the world
  • The second book in the "Inscape Guide" series

Manager: "We have a problem here."
Person 1: "Let's find a quick solution."
Person 2: "I know just how we can solve this problem by working together."
Person 3: "I need to think about the problem before I can offer you a solution."
Person 4: "I'm going to consider this problem from every angle."

Asked to solve the same problem, four people responded four different ways. If you were their manager, your challenge would be to help each individual find an effective, timely solution to the problem. Most managers would do what comes naturally and use the managerial style that is their "first dimension." This will work some of the time - but not all the time.

One managerial style can't help people with four different working styles make the most of their different strengths and overcome their different limitations and roadblocks. In managing others, one style does not fit all. The 4-Dimensional Manager will help you learn to manage different people in the best ways. Through a simple yet powerful self-discovery tool called DiSC, you can become a 4-dimensional manager, able to manage anyone, anywhere, anytime.

  • Discover your usual managerial style: Dominance, Influence, Supportiveness, or Conscientiousness
  • Read the work styles of the people you manage
  • Improve communication and reduce destructive conflict
  • Find out how the style of your organization affects you and those you manage

Whether or not you have the formal title of manager, if you provide work direction to others, this book will answer pressing questions you have every day, such as:

  • When I delegate, how much information should I give, and when and how should I follow up?
  • How can I increase this person's motivation?
  • What kind of compliment or reward would this person most value?
  • How can I give feedback so it will be understood, accepted, and effective?
The 4-Dimensional Manager provides fascinating insights into individual work styles, practical suggestions, checklists and planners, and a research-based DiSC discovery tool.
  • Offers a proven and practical tool managers can use to quickly and accurately assess each employee's work style and adapt their management style to meet the needs of the employee and the situation
  • Includes the DiSC(r) self-help tool that has been used by more than 40 million people around the world
  • The second book in the "Inscape Guide" series

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  • Offers a proven and practical tool managers can use to quickly and accurately assess each employee's work style and adapt their management style to meet the needs of the employee and the situation
  • Includes the DiSC(r) self-help tool that has been used by more than 40 million people around the world
  • The second book in the "Inscape Guide" series

Manager: "We have a problem here."
Person 1: "Let's find a quick solution."
Person 2: "I know just how we can solve this problem by working together."
Person 3: "I need to think about the problem before I can offer you a solution."
Person 4: "I'm going to consider this problem from every angle."

Asked to solve the same problem, four people responded four different ways. If you were their manager, your challenge would be to help each individual find an effective, timely solution to the problem. Most managers would do what comes naturally and use the managerial style that is their "first dimension." This will work some of the time - but not all the time.

One managerial style can't help people with four different working styles make the most of their different strengths and overcome their different limitations and roadblocks. In managing others, one style does not fit all. The 4-Dimensional Manager will help you learn to manage different people in the best ways. Through a simple yet powerful self-discovery tool called DiSC, you can become a 4-dimensional manager, able to manage anyone, anywhere, anytime.

  • Discover your usual managerial style: Dominance, Influence, Supportiveness, or Conscientiousness
  • Read the work styles of the people you manage
  • Improve communication and reduce destructive conflict
  • Find out how the style of your organization affects you and those you manage

Whether or not you have the formal title of manager, if you provide work direction to others, this book will answer pressing questions you have every day, such as:

  • When I delegate, how much information should I give, and when and how should I follow up?
  • How can I increase this person's motivation?
  • What kind of compliment or reward would this person most value?
  • How can I give feedback so it will be understood, accepted, and effective?
The 4-Dimensional Manager provides fascinating insights into individual work styles, practical suggestions, checklists and planners, and a research-based DiSC discovery tool.
  • Offers a proven and practical tool managers can use to quickly and accurately assess each employee's work style and adapt their management style to meet the needs of the employee and the situation
  • Includes the DiSC(r) self-help tool that has been used by more than 40 million people around the world
  • The second book in the "Inscape Guide" series

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Julie Straw is Vice President of Training and Communications for Inscape Publishing, the worldÆs leading independent developer and publisher of research-based personal learning profiles for business. She has successfully managed individuals and teams involved in diverse challenges including soft skills training, research and development, and sales and marketing. She is a frequent speaker at national training and development conferences on the topic of using DiSC to manage and motivate a changing workforce.

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Table of Contents

Part I: It's Not Easy Being a Manager
Here's Looking at You-Responding to the DiSC Personal Profile
Managing the Differences 101-Understanding YOU and the Four DiSC Styles
Understanding the Organization's Style

Part II: Managing the Differences-a 4-Dimensional Approach
Delegating
Making Decisions
Solving Problems
Increasing Motivation
Complimenting
Giving Constructive Feedback
Developing Skills
You Choose

Part III: The Complete DiSC Response Patterns
Extra Instruments

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Endorsements

The 4-Dimensional Manager provides us with the keys to better performance--personally, with our people, and within our organization. It's a timely, well-written resource for successfully managing today's workforce."

-Deb Peters, President, Morgan McGuire Consulting

"Julie Straw's book gives managers a tool for putting together a development plan that really fits them. You're sure to find something in it that makes your job easier and makes you more effective doing it."

-William Bridges, author of Transitions, JobShift, Managing Transition, and The Way of Transition

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