Not Your Grandfather’s DiSC
Jubelirer Results Group uses Everything DiSC® from Inscape Publishing, which offers the best suite of DiSC tools. Inscape has completely revised the survey instrument and the report, to make it clear, actionable, and accurate. Their new instrument uses adaptive testing to improve accuracy by 40%.
Clients receive a 26-page management-specific report that provides great insight into your own style and how to interact successfully with others. When administered in a team setting, each participant also gets a specific workbook (called The Comparison Report) on how to interact with every other person on the team. Specifically, Harry gets information about how to work with Sally, and Sally gets information about how to work with Harry. The Comparison Report is the best way to improve individual communication and teamwork.
DiSC is available in versions for sales and management, and also is available as a special 360° version for leaders.
How does the DiSC® circle work?
Although the circular representation of DiSC® is designed to be simple and intuitive, it also conveys a great deal of information about a person’s DiSC style at a glance. To start, the angular location of a person’s dot indicates the person’s primary DiSC style. Many people also lean toward a second DiSC style.
For example, in the circle to the right, we have a participant who tends toward the C style, but also has some tendency toward the D style. Most likely, if he had taken the DiSC Classic assessment, he would have ended up with a Creative Pattern (composed of the C and D styles) or an Objective Thinker Pattern (composed mostly of the C style.)
The distance from the dot to the center of the circle also communicates important information about the person’s DiSC style. A person whose dot is close to the outer edge of the circle is probably very committed to his or her DiSC style.
The shading within the circle reinforces this principle and shows the participant that he has a large amount of the C style and a significant, but slightly less, amount of the D style. The shading also shows that he probably exhibits very little of the S style and even less of the i style. The shading, however, still reinforces that he has each of these four styles within him.
As a result, this participant understands that he probably has some difficulty shifting into an i or S style for long periods of time.
To the left we have another participant who tends toward CD, but her dot is much closer to the center of the circle.
Her CD style will not be as pronounced, and the shading tells her that she will find it easier to shift into the i or S styles without significant stress.
What are the advantages of using the Everything DiSC® Assessment?
One of the most powerful aspects of the DiSC® circle is that it allows us to show the relationship between two people in a straightforward, visual manner. For example, on the circular DiSC map below we can plot aparticipant (represented by the dot) and her co-worker (represented by the star). The participant can immediately see the similarities and differences between the two of them. Even though they both share a tendency to be fast-paced and outspoken, they differ dramatically on how questioning or accepting they are. In this case, the participant can quickly see where tension or frustration might arise. Because she is much more questioning and skeptical by nature, she can visually understand why her co-worker might interpret her candor as blunt or cold. The participant can also see how she and her co-worker complement each other and where they both share blind spots.
Although the line graph representation of DiSC allows us to compare the profiles of two people, a great deal more interpretation and coaching is often necessary before the implications of that comparison become clear. With the circular representation, the implications and applications of the information are visually apparent. And while there is still a great deal of richness for a facilitator to add, participants can immediately begin to apply the information for themselves.
The circular representation of DiSC also allows participants to quickly gauge the composition of their group and see the implications of that composition. For instance, in the team represented to the right, a disproportionately large number of group members tend toward C. Consequently, this group is probably fairly task-oriented and may put a very high priority on getting things right.
We can also see some potential group limitations. Because virtually everyone in the group is cautious and reflective, the team may find that they often lack a sense of urgency or energy in their culture. They may lose out on opportunities because they don’t move at a quick enough pace.
Further, by simply glancing at the map, we can start to understand some of the frustrations that individual members may experience. For instance, the two people in the i quadrant may, in many respects, feel alienated or misunderstood by the rest of the group.