- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (November 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 7115324883
- ISBN-13: 978-0133121292
- ASIN: 0133121291
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taking Flight!: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships.Your Life Hardcover – November 14, 2012
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From the Back Cover
“Taking Flight! is packed with life-changing insights about you and everyone you know. You’ll never look at people quite the same way again.”
--Marshall Goldsmith, Author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
Taking Flight! reveals profound hidden patterns of human behavioral style, offers a blueprint for deeper self-awareness, helps you maximize your own personal strengths, and shows how to connect with and influence others more powerfully than ever before.
Team performance and personality style experts Merrick Rosenberg and Daniel Silvert introduce the proven DISC model of human behavior and show how it can make you more effective as a leader, team member, teacher, salesperson, and in all your personal relationships.
Other books on DISC are dry and academic… not this one! Rosenberg and Silvert present DISC through a fable that’s quick, fun, and incredibly easy to understand. Once you get it, you’ll learn how to apply it…building on what you already do well to supercharge your own personal performance!
When you understand what makes individuals tick, you can interact with them far more effectively.
• Use the 4 DISC styles to “read” people like a book
• Master the 7 transformative DISC Principles
• Understand your own style and find roles where you’ll shine
• Become a better team leader, coach, mentor, teacher, and parent
• Reveal hidden potential in relationships where you’ve struggled
• Build and implement your DISC Action Plan for success
• Embrace your personal style and your natural gifts, maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses!
About the Author
Merrick Rosenberg, M.B.A., is an accomplished entrepreneur and keynote speaker. In 1991, he co-founded Team Builders Plus, the most recognized team-building company in the United States. Merrick has led team and leadership development training programs around the world for more than two decades. Drexel University honored Merrick as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year, and NJ Biz selected him as one of the New Jersey Executives of the Year. Under Merrick’s leadership, Team Builders Plus was recognized as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz; one of the Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. by Inc. magazine; and on numerous occasions, as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Daniel Silvert, B.A., is a sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach. Daniel has led training programs at every level on the DISC styles, leadership, teamwork, accountability, and transformational change. Daniel’s early background focused upon career development, coaching hundreds of executives through career transitions from both within and outside their organizations. Daniel has brought his unique perspective to hundreds of companies and government agencies, including Adidas, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dell, Dow Jones, Home Depot, L’Oreal, L-3 Communications, Merck, SAP, Situs, W.L. Gore, and the Department of Homeland Security.
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Pros: very simple explanation of DISC and the pros and cons of each with a unique perspective.
Cons: The book doesn't offer a DISC assessment (it did say at one point to go on their website and take a 15 question quiz, but I couldn't find it). I also would have liked more insight on "transforming relationships, my life and my career," which I felt was seriously lacking. But birds are cool, so, thanks.
There's nothing truly original that separates "Taking Flight!" from the thousands of other books in its genre. It's short, it's simplified, and it features sassy wildlife. Its most important idea, "Home Rule," is just a repackaging of the Platinum Rule. The analysis doesn't go very in-depth and it tends to forget that most people are a blend of the DISC styles, not firmly entrenched in one like the bird characters. (Fitting for a book about avian life, it pigeonholes.) The reality is, once you've read one of these professionally-oriented personality books, you've read them all. "Taking Flight!" isn't going to change the publishing world in this respect.
But Rosenberg and Silvert do a good job of creating an engaging tale -- and indeed, the most enjoyable part of the book is the opening parable. I usually cringe at the "Which Friend from the Hundred-Acre Wood Are You?" stories that are so prevalent, but this one never bothered me, and indeed, I actually enjoyed it, predictable as it was. Even knowing early on which of the four types I was going to fall into, I still found it humorous, engaging, and satisfying.
The best thing about this book is that, unlike so many other personality books, it doesn't drone on and on, pretending that it's presenting something groundbreaking. Rosenberg and Silvert have learned two key lessons that so many other authors haven't -- everyone in business has already read one of these volumes, and no one wants to spend a lot of time on one. They get to their point while not skimping too severely on the treatment. For that reason alone, the book is better than most of its peer texts.
Taking Flight revealed to me, via a charming avian tale, our personal styles and how we use them in the workplace and the world. And with this knowledge, you don't have to change who you are but you can modify your behavior and not be as adversely affected by the behavior of others. I am now using what I learned every day in every situation and it consistently gives me the upper hand.
Taking Flight - in one fell swoop - showed me life long patterns that were not helping me! It made me take a long hard look at myself and my career choices. Now that I have an understanding of my behavior, I will make very different decisions in the future. And maybe even stop blaming others! I recommend reading it several times to get maximum benefits.