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DISC Team Factors in Depth: Productivity and Resourcefulness

The fourth of the four axes that make up a DISC team profile

Published: Tuesday 11 June 2024

In DISC team assessment, the axis of Productivity and Resourcefulness plays a crucial role in determining the effectiveness and efficiency of a team. Productivity refers to teams that emphasise procedure and quality, focusing on ensuring that tasks are completed thoroughly and accurately. On the opposite end of the scale, Resourcefulness represents teams that prioritise flexibility, creativity, and adaptability in problem-solving and task execution. Understanding the nuances of these two factors can provide valuable insights into team performance and outcomes.

Teams characterised by high Productivity are known for their attention to detail, structured approach, and commitment to achieving high-quality results. Members of such teams excel in following established processes, maintaining standards, and delivering consistent outcomes. This approach is beneficial in environments where precision, accuracy, and adherence to standards are critical, such as in industries like finance, healthcare, or engineering.

Conversely, teams displaying high levels of Resourcefulness are adept at thinking outside the box, finding innovative solutions to challenges, and adapting quickly to changing circumstances. Resourceful teams thrive in dynamic environments that require agility, creativity, and the ability to pivot swiftly in response to new information or unexpected obstacles. This trait is particularly valuable in industries like technology, marketing, or entrepreneurship, where innovation and adaptability are key drivers of success.

While Productivity-oriented teams excel in maintaining quality and consistency, they may sometimes struggle with adapting to unexpected changes, exploring unconventional solutions, or thinking creatively in problem-solving. On the other hand, Resourcefulness-focused teams may find it challenging to adhere to strict procedures, meet stringent quality standards, or ensure consistency in outcomes due to their emphasis on flexibility and adaptability.

Balancing Productivity and Resourcefulness within a team can lead to a dynamic synergy that combines the strengths of both approaches. By leveraging the structured approach of Productivity with the creative problem-solving skills of Resourcefulness, teams can enhance their ability to deliver high-quality results while remaining agile and innovative in their strategies.


In conclusion, understanding the interplay between Productivity and Resourcefulness is essential for building high-performing teams that can navigate various challenges and capitalise on opportunities effectively. By recognising the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, team leaders can optimise team dynamics, leverage individual strengths, and foster a collaborative environment that maximises productivity and innovation.

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