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Friday, June 12, 2020

DISC Assessment

What Is DISC?

Adapted from Strengthscape.com: DISC is a research-validated, behavior assessment tool which can be used to enhance the effectiveness of communication between individuals. It identifies four primary behavioral and communication styles: D (dominant), I (inspiring), S (supportive), and C (cautious). There is no ideal style and everyone possesses a blend of all four, although they will display one or two predominant behaviors. The four letters and their interpretation:


Dominant (D):

People with the D style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by overcoming opposition to accomplish results. Their traits and values include:

StrengthsChallenges
  • results-oriented
  • goals
  • vision
  • driven
  • determined
  • value action
  • like new opportunities
  • fast-paced
  • thrive on winning and competition
  • motivated by success and victory
  • see the big picture
  • see the bottom line
  • accept challenges
  • get straight to the point
  • like audiences
  • independence and personal freedom
  • competency
  • focus on bottom line
  • self-confident
  • blunt
  • direct, insensitive
  • demanding and forceful
  • strong-willed
  • impatient
  • may lack concern for others
  • skeptical
  • fear vulnerability or being taken advantage of
  • difficulty getting into details and deliberation

When communicating with D-style individuals:

  • give them the bottom line
  • be brief
  • focus your discussion narrowly
  • avoid making generalizations
  • refrain from repeating yourself
  • focus on solutions rather than problems

Inspiring (I)

People with the I style place an emphasis on shaping the environment by influencing or persuading others. Their traits and values include:

StrengthsChallenges
  • persuasive
  • influential
  • social
  • value interpersonal relationships and friendships
  • open
  • enthusiastic
  • convincing
  • take action
  • magnetic charm, warmth
  • trusting
  • positivity, optimism
  • collaboration, democratic relationships
  • value recognition
  • value popularity, prestige, and authority
  • focus on factual data and details
  • value coaching and counseling
  • values freedom of expression
  • dislike social absence
  • disorganized
  • impulsive
  • lack follow-through
  • may not want to research all the facts
  • difficultly speaking directly and candidly
  • hard to stay focused for long periods
  • may fear loss of influence
  • dislikes being ignored
  • fear disapproval

When communicating with i-style individuals:

  • share your experiences
  • allow them time to ask questions and talk themselves
  • Focus on the positives
  • avoid overloading them with details
  • don't interrupt them.

Supportive (S):

Their traits and values include:

StrengthsChallenges
  • collaboration
  • cooperation
  • supportive
  • helpful
  • sincere
  • dependable
  • stable
  • motivated by a congenial work environment
  • calm, patient
  • predictable, consistent
  • loyal
  • deliberate
  • stable
  • value personal accomplishments
  • value group acceptance
  • want power through formal roles and positions of authority
  • want to maintain status quo and controlled environment
  • fearful of change, resist change
  • fear loss of stability
  • fear offending others
  • doesn’t like to be rushed
  • may be indecisive
  • overly accommodating
  • overly polite and considerate
  • hesitate to state opinions for fear of offending others
  • doesn’t like unclear expectations
  • doesn’t like multi-tasking
  • not comfortable with self-promotion
  • doesn’t like confrontation

When communicating with the S style individuals:

  • be personal and amiable
  • express your interest in them and what you expect from them
  • take time to provide clarification
  • be polite
  • avoid being confrontational, overly aggressive or rude

Cautious (C):

Their traits and values include:

StrengthsChallenges
  • independent
  • precise
  • quality-minded
  • accurate, correct
  • conscientious towards work
  • value knowledge and growth
  • diplomatic and judicious
  • value objective reasoning and objective processes
  • want details
  • values competency and expertise
  • stable
  • reliable
  • careful, cautious, discreet
  • systematic
  • can be overly critical
  • can overanalyze
  • may isolate themselves
  • fear criticism
  • fear being wrong
  • delegating
  • compromising
  • joining in social events and celebrations
  • difficult to make quick decisions

When communicating with a C-style individual:

  • focus on facts and details
  • minimize "pep talk" or emotional language
  • be patient, persistent, and diplomatic

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