Fort Walker leaders enrich communications skills with training

By Christopher Hall, Fort Walker Public Affairs OfficerFebruary 12, 2024

Fort Walker leaders enrich communications skills with training
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Fort Walker Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Jason Duffy and instructor Brian Rush engage in a role play scenario during a communications seminar held recently. (Photo Credit: Katrina Berg) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Walker leaders enrich communications skills with training
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Communication instructors Brian Rush and Farrah Overman were presented Army Civilian Service Achievement Medals by Fort Walker Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Jason Duffy and Deputy Commander Mr. Alfred Scott, Jr., following a three-day leadership communication seminar. (Photo Credit: Christopher Hall) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT WALKER, Va. – From January 29 - February 1, Fort Walker garrison leaders immersed themselves in a three-day training workshop focused on effective leadership and communication using the Maxwell DISC (Dominant, Influential, Steady and Compliant) method of identifying behavior patterns.

The training provides a systematic way to improve the leader-employee relationship by assisting leaders in building stronger connections, winning with their people, and increasing their influence with employees.

Taught by Maxwell Leadership and DISC Certified Trainers, Brian Rush (Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Management Analyst) and Farrow Overman (Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Workforce Development Specialist), the training kicked off with leaders taking a personality assessment, which was combined with a comprehensive group discussion on the four basic personality types. A focus of the group discussion centered on behavioral and communicative styles associated with each type.  A detailed overview by the instructors demonstrated how these characteristics impact how people interact, understand, and respond to others, offering insight to the subtle, and not so subtle, varying communication styles found in the workplace.

The workshop also included creative teambuilding exercises, brainteasing games, various roleplay scenarios, and interactive discussions, all of which were impactful and left a lasting impression on garrison leaders. The hope is that the experience will serve as a tool in guiding and inspiring the Fort Walker team, both now and in the future.

At the conclusion of the training Lt. Col. Jason Duffy, Fort Walker garrison commander, remarked, “I’m proud of our workforce development team who arranged for this DISC training to be facilitated here. This kind of training is an investment in our supervisors – so that they have the necessary tools and skills to be successful mentors and leaders of our most valuable asset – our people."