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Glion Master’s students opened a window into the way we communicate and behave towards each other, at a special personal development workshop held recently in Bulle campus.

The workshop used the DiSC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness) methodology to help profile the different personality traits of the participating students. The DiSC model is one of the world’s leading personal assessment tools. It is used by more than a million people every year to improve work productivity, teamwork and communication.

“It confirmed and explained my own behavior, and let me dive deeper into my personality,” says Master’s student Eva Baas, who took part in the workshop. “I think this knowledge is crucial for our professional careers – I have already used the results from this test in one of my recent interviews for an internship position.”

Among the workshop leaders was Edgar Ochoa, Master’s Programs Coordinator for Glion. He says, “We are constantly looking for new ways to support our Master’s students and to nurture their personal development. This workshop encouraged them to analyze each other and to develop the tools to understand, appreciate and collaborate more effectively with people who have different characters and ways of working.

 

How the workshop unfolded

Before the workshop took place, each participant filled out an online DiSC questionnaire. This generated their personal DiSC profile, which was emailed to them with an explanation of how it was compiled.

“The workshop itself was divided into two exercises,” explains Eva Baas. “The first was a group exercise to prepare a travel plan. For this, we were put into groups of the same personality type. The aim of this was to generate greater awareness about different working styles.

The second part of the workshop was a treasure hunt in Bulle. For this, the groups were picked to contain a mixture of personalities, with the idea being that students could use what they’d learned about each other’s working styles in order to be successful.”

Eva adds that the payback is already being felt in the classroom.

“Since the workshop, we’ve worked better together in our classroom activities and group projects; I think everyone is more aware now that we don’t all think and act the same,” she says.

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Student feedback from the workshop was overwhelmingly positive, with 100% of participants rating its content and delivery “good” or “very good”. The same unanimous verdict was delivered when participants were asked if they’d recommend the workshop to other students.

An exceptional 94.4% also said they thought the workshop should be a part of future MSc programs. This is something Edgar hopes to accomplish.

Participants greatly enjoyed the opportunity to learn new skills, and I am very grateful to co-organizers Victoria McIntosh and Marianne Rothenbühler for their hard work in making this happen. We hope to repeat the success of this first workshop soon,” he says.

 

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