Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Throwback Thursday

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Throwback Thursday,,,,,

WOW!  Thirty One had lots of different gifts in the early years.  The picture of Cindy Monroe and I was taken at my Celebrate and Connect as a NEW Director with Thirty One.  It was actually Spring Premiere in Pennsylvania.  That picture was quickly taken before the flood gates opened and I was overwhelmed by emotion.  Cindy was wonderful despite the tears rolling down my cheeks.

I had flashbacks – the good kind – while cleaning off the shelves in my office.  I was running out of room with lots of binders full of training information from the last 3 years.  WOW!  You know those binders you create when you are training but then never really look at again.

It was great reminiscing and seeing how far I have come in my journey with Thirty One.  There was even notes from that “life changing” coaching call with Hope Shortt when I connected with my emotional why to promote to Director.  I was a sponge back then.  Reading everything that I could get my hands on.  When did I find the time?  I stuck to the basics (book, sell, recruit) knowing that in the end God would provide.  

I found my first DISC profile when I didn’t even understand what the results meant personally or to my business.  I was an “S” then and I am still an “S”.  I guess that never changes which is okay with me.  I LOVE being family-oriented, loyal and easy going.

I found my CORE value top 5 which are the same today as they were then: Family, Faith, Health, Charity, Finances.  What are YOUR core values?

I found my Gift Assessment which I did in March of 2013.  My Primary Gifts were: Culture and Help.  Reading over the explanations of these gifts, I was reminded of how I grew my business.  I was able to create a culturally diverse team by attracting a wide range of people with different ethnic and religious backgrounds.  My strong desire to help other people achieve their goals and dreams has lead to consistency from 95% of my team.  My secondary gift was Connection which is all about building relationships.  A gentle reminder that when I am true to myself, relationships develop and my business will flourish.

My favorite is the Love Language Profile.  My primary love language is “words of affirmation”.  I was skeptical about this test but once I did it, I totally understood why “kind, encouraging and positive words” sent my spirits skyward.  If you haven’t done this, check it out and then share the results with your spouse and even your boss.

What did this trip down memory lane teach me?  First, doing training and then letting it sit on the shelf doesn’t help but I think that one was a no brainer.  The real lesson is to take the skills learned and incorporate them in my business.  Knowing my core values along with my gifts and my personality assessment will help me to stay focused and grounded in the things that are important to me.  When I do that, my business will soar.

I challenge you to do any of these “tests” and see what you learn.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks

Unlocking the Mystery


How many of you have heard about the DISC personality test?  How many of you have ever taken it?  I took it once but the results didn’t make sense to me.  I seemed to have a little bit of all of them in me depending on the situation – home, work, business, family, or friends.

I am grateful that Becky Spieth during our Leadership Retreat walked us through this process.  It was such an eye opener for me.  I totally got why I wasn’t connecting with some of my team.  I now understand my test results and am grateful to now know how to work with my team (and my family) by figuring out their behavior style.

For those that aren’t familiar with DiSC. It is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. DiSC is non-judgmental and helps people discuss their behavioral differences.  

It definitely helped me.  I can even see how it can help in my marriage since I am an “S” and it is pretty safe to say that hubby is a “C”.

A quick overview is:

  • D is usually the leader and go getter.  The person to get it done.  Their traits are dominant, direct, decisive and demanding
  • I is the talker, the cheerleader and the socializer. Their traits are usually influencing, inspiring and they are generally interested in people.
  • is the steady, stable, secure and sympathetic person.  They are the steady Eddy, the Peacemaker & family focused.
  • is the thinker and fact finder that loves graphs with data to get it right.  They are usually conscientious, compliant and correct.

Well, I am an “S” along with 69% of the rest of the world.  Here are some more traits of an “S”:

  • Supportive
  • Sentimental
  • Bridge Builder
  • Peacemaker
  • Great Listener
  • Family Focused
  • Thinker
  • Feelings
  • Loyal

I found out that I have a strong “D” on my team.  As a result of this test, I was able to talk with her about how I felt and realized that I had misinterpreted many situations.  Now when the emotions kick up, I remind myself of this test.  A HUGE help when dealing with the Negative Nellie in me.  When I look at the rest of my team, I THINK I have attracted many of the same type of people.  I am blessed to have each and every one of them.  According the studies on “S” personalities, they develop into amazing leaders who will be consistent, and dependable.

I challenge you to take the test and see what is your behavior.  Let us know if you think it fits you and the things that you do everyday.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!