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New! “Your groups” Feature on Catalyst

by | Oct 24, 2022 | Catalyst | 0 comments

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In late September 2022, a new feature was added to Catalyst: “Your groups”. In this article we will explore the details of this exciting new feature and how you can integrate it into your training.

And check out the new features that have been added to “Your Groups“!

The Basics & Where to Find It

Your groups” on Catalyst adds a group mapping function to the Catalyst platform. Any group of up to 25 people that are in the same Catalyst organization can be added to a group. Once the group is created, a DiSC map of the group is displayed and insights about the group are available. The group can be edited or deleted at any time.

You will find the “Your groups” function on the Catalyst home page, just below the “Your colleagues” section. This feature is available, for free, as part of the basic Workplace on Catalyst profile.

What’s There & How to Use It

Group map

The main feature is the Group map. Similar to the group map and poster available through the Group Culture and Group Facilitator reports, the map shows everyone’s dot location and their icon from Catalyst. This tab also shows the group members and their priorities and this list can be filtered by primary DiSC style. The “more info” link will take you to the “Your colleagues” comparison page with that person.

Style insights

The next tab is Style insights. This tab divides the team by primary style. It shows a map of group members with that style and provides three bullet points about what people with the displayed style often care about. The list of group members with a link to the “Your colleagues” function is still displayed below that.

Group insights

The final tab is Group insights. On this tab, a pie chart of primary style distribution is shown. There are three thought-starter points shown, which can help guide discussions around what this distribution might mean for group dynamics and culture.

Conversation Starters

This is the newest addition to the “Your groups” functionality on Catalyst. Read about Conversation Starters.

“Your Groups” as a Training Aid

The old way

Previously, when we hosted intact teams or groups in a workshop, we would always generate a Group Culture Report. While this report has some interesting information about a group’s culture (download a sample Group Culture Report), we mostly generated the report to get the Group Poster (download a sample Group Poster)… which is essentially the group map. When learners see the distribution of the dots, the conversations are always interesting.

The new way!

But now, as a facilitator, I can now generate an equivalent of the group map–without using the 25 credits the Group Culture Report requires. I can share my screen of the “Your groups” page or grab a screenshot of the map and add it to the slide deck (note: the dot of the group creator shows as well, so if that person is not part of the group, a little light photo editing might be required).

In addition, the breakdowns by style, the style-distribution chart and the discussion starters make this part of the workshop so much more engaging with wider-ranging conversations.

What about non-intact teams or groups?

If the workshop has a mix of people that don’t necessarily interact with one another, we still cover the basics of “Your groups”. Chances are good that learners will want to create a group map of their peers, as long as they have coworkers on Catalyst with them. And anything that promotes continued, expanded use of Catalyst has several benefits: Learner retention and application of DiSC increases, conversations with coworkers are likely to follow and this drives increased value from the organization’s investment in DiSC

Update: New Features

April 2023: The “Your groups” capabilities were expanded to include group comparisons. These are similar to the “Your colleagues” functionality for two people, but expanded to groups. You can now see the group members plotted on eight different behavioral continua.

July 2023: The “Your groups” is enhanced again with “Conversation Starters.” Give your teams the ability to tackle  common challenges that hinder team performance using DiSC® . By combining DiSC with simple discussion guides, Conversation Starters prepares your teams to talk about personality-based differences. Help your teammates get to know each other faster, communicate more clearly, and make better decisions. Read about Conversatation starters.

All of these enhancements are included in Catalyst at no extra charge!