Have you ever wondered why you behave the way that you do? Or, why others react to you the way that they do? Successful individuals know that the foundation of personal and professional success lies in understanding yourself, understanding others, and realizing the impact of personal behavior on others. This understanding results in improving communications and reducing conflict. We can never change another person or their behavior. The only person we have direct control over is ourselves. Sometimes, by slightly altering our own behavior, we can get the results or outcome that we desire from another individual or situation. Key factors that determine our behavior include; how we respond to our environment, our perception of ourselves as more powerful or less powerful than our environment, and our belief that we can change or overcome our environment. As a professional life and executive coach, I recommend that anyone who wants to learn how to be more effective when dealing with others (that includes most of us), take a highly effective assessment called DiSC® Dimensions of Behavior. It provides a nonjudgmental language for exploring behavioral issues across four primary dimensions; Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness. The detailed, personalized report from the assessment enables individuals to assess to what degree they utilize each Dimension of Behavior in a situation. The great news is, unlike many other assessments, you don’t need a “consultant” to help you interpret the results! And…the results are actionable. You will get a very clear understanding of behavior styles, your own individual behavior styles and you’ll learn how and when to adapt your behavior. When my clients see the results of their assessment, they are always amazed at how accurate it is. But more importantly, they all quickly realize the valuable results they get after easily applying what they learn about themselves and others after taking the assessment. Most find that their professional and personal relationships are enhanced and they become much more effective when dealing with individuals who may be very different than themselves. Let’s face it, we often have to work with a difficult manager, colleague, employee, customer or vendor. In our personal lives, we deal with family members who may be quite different than we see ourselves. Think about how much frustration we would avoid if we could learn how to reduce conflict and improve communications by simply understanding and appreciating why those differences occur…and then adjust our own behavior accordingly. But don’t take my word for it…try it for yourself if you’re ready to increase your own personal and professional effectiveness.