jeudi 4 février 2021

DISC Governance : a pattern to ease manager / collaborator teamwork

The pattern "Dominance, Inducement, Submission, Compliance", which forms the acronym DISC and where the terms are respectively associated to the colors blue, red, yellow and green, originated in William Moulton Marston's book Emotions of Normal People (1928) [1a][1b].

Since then, Marston's pattern has been interpretated into tools that help trainers and coaches to steward their clients ; for exemple, some of these tools can help identifying personality or assessing skills set [2].

To deliver governance services [3] to enterprises, we have designed a new interpretation of DISC : Delegate, Influence, Support, Command, where the associated colors are respectively purple, green, blue and red.

 This genuine pattern has been named "DISC Governance".


The DISC Governance pattern can be also used to name four leadership styles [4].  

It can be an efficient tool to enlighten journeys of enterprise creation.

For exemple, should we focus on a special kind of creation, which is the creation of think tanks affiliated to Ecole Polytechnique alumni association (AX), we might assign a type of leadership style to each of them

  • Command leadership style : X-Intellectual-Property,...
  • Influence leadership style : X-Open-Innovation,...
  • Support leadership style : X-Diversity,...

Date de création Leadership style
X-Propriété-Intellectuelle 2008 Command
X-Open-Innovation 2012 Influence
X-Diversité 2016 Support

[1a] DISC acronym : various interpretations, L'entreprise numérique créative, déc. 2020
[1b] DISC coloring patterns, L'entreprise numérique créative
[2] Sens de la communication, ou bien, loyauté intellectuelle ? X-Soft-Skills
[3] Do-Khac Decision
[4] 4 typologies of leadership styles, X-Soft-Skills

About the creator of the pattern

Tru Do-Khac (X79), a Vietnamese French consultant,  has a hands-on experience of enterprise culture. 

In the first part of his career, he served companies of worldwide culture reputation (IBM and Accenture), an european company (Alcatel NV, today Nokia) and a French large company which has become international (France Telecom, today Orange). He eventually joined a telecom consulting SME based in Paris.

In the second part of his career, he has been delivering consulting services, designing soft skills tools,  making self-funded research on management, writing two books,  nurtuing several blogs, while volonteering in social activities.

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