DiSC Profiling FAQ's

The DISC model has been used for decades, to help people understand themselves and others. Assists with bringing a common language to a team or an organisation. Reducing the potential of conflict, improving communications and enhancing teams to better achieve and perform.

Often referred to as behavioural profiling. When used correctly this instrument leads to the understanding of others and is certainly the furthest point away from equipping people to make judgments as this learning solely serves to enhance relationships in the workplace.

DISC® by Wiley (look out for the trademark) is now available on Catalyst. An ingenious, complex, yet simple to use platform. Providing ongoing development rather than a once and done approach.

Everything DISC® assessments go by the following descriptors: 

Dominance (D)

Influence (i) (note the lower case, this is pertinent to the original Wiley product – Everything DISC® (note the trademark)

Steadiness (S)

Conscientiousness (C)

An Everything DISC® assessment will allow for inferior differentiation among styles than just these four labels. Some styles could be a D, i, S or C; or a Di, or an SC. When you undertake an Everything DiSC questionnaire you are actually scored on eight scales.

By firstly conducting our DISC® assessment - a 20 plus page report will then be generated and personalised to you. Here you will learn more about your behavioural traits along with your tendency’s and preferences in line with the workplace.

By becoming more aware this naturally leads to being inquisitive about others and their DISC® styles learning how they may react to your approach and theirs to yours.

If you select your own personal option, you can later choose to engage with one or more coaching sessions with us, certified Everything DISC® practitioners. The first session will always present a more in-depth examining of your report along with translating it more so to help you get the absolute best from the experience.

How DISC® assessment for teams works:

If you run a team of people, following the assessment stage a certified Everything DISC® trainer will be deployed to facilitate a workshop.This will be enlightening to all in attendance and where activities will be meaningful and experiential learning will commence. Providing the beginnings of a positive culture in your workplace. 

A team with a mix of styles is no better or worse than a team of all one style. The key to a well-rounded team is awareness. The group needs to be able to recognise its challenges and work to overcome them rather than focusing only on its strengths.

Equally so, there is:

A DISC assessment for Leadership

A DiSC assessment for Sales

A DiSC assessment for managers

A DiSC assessment for Agile Working

Here at My Training Shop if an organisation is unsure of their requirements, we will request our needs assessment be completed beforehand. That way we can customise your workshop to reach the best outcome and to meet your organisation's aims and objectives. As is sometimes the case it is not always clear what development gaps are present, hence this process will assist towards that aim. Equally so, if the learning need is outside of our remit then we can usually recommend someone who is better suited.

The DISC Model of Behaviour was first proposed by William Moulton Marston, a physiological psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard. His 1928 book, Emotions of Normal People, explains his theory on how normal human emotions lead to behavioural differences among groups of people and how an individual’s behaviour might change over time. His work focused on directly observable and measurable psychological phenomena.

There’s a long history from the DiSC model to Wiley's Everything DISC® profiles.

Walter V. Clarke, an industrial psychologist, was the first person to build an assessment instrument (personality profile test) using Marston’s theories. He developed an assessment instrument for John Cleaver called ‘Self Description’.

‘Self Description’ was used by John Geier, Ph.D., to create the original Personal Profile System® (PPS) in the 1970s.

Inscape Publishing improved this instrument’s reliability by adding new items and removing non-functioning items. The new assessment was named the Personal Profile System 2800 Series (PPS 2800) and was first published in 1994. This self-scored and self-interpreted assessment is now known as DiSC® Classic.

The Everything DiSC® product family, launched by Inscape Publishing in 2007, was created to make the DISC® assessment even more valuable to its users. It introduced more highly personalised reports, customizable facilitation tools and electronic access to unlimited follow-up reports.

Please note the trademark lower case( i )in DISC® along with the trademark represents the authentic Wiley Everything DISC® product.

Not at all, you are welcome to purchase and undertake an assessment independently. Although we would recommend having at least one follow up session to help examine, translate, and dig deeper in your report. This would be especially so if there is a team or an organisational development need.

An individual assessmentcan assist with self-realisation/ learning and can help with how to best deal with others by being confident with your own style. Similarly, a perfect aid when organising and compiling your CV to make it more impactful.

Knowing yourself, your attributes and how they could be applied well at interview is always helpful too. Additionally, to help you plan careers move in relation to your preferred behaviours and comfort zone.

NB you can always generate a DISC® assessment then follow up with us at a later stage if you wish us to work with you by expanding upon learning with some coaching sessions.

It is sometimes observed one dimension over another can appear to be so when working with different categories of groups. Example: seemingly the construction industry appears to have more D’s, similarly accountants seem to have many C-styles. That being said the distribution of successful people in each dimension is still fairly evenly circulated. As often styles can also be located in the other 3 quadrants.  

It is suggested that Job profiles and Wiley's DISC® research shows no strong correlation between styles and success in any job type. Wiley along with us at My Training Shop believe that to have a mix of styles in many positions can only serve a team well. 

DISC® is not ideal during recruitment  screening as it does not measure a specific skill, aptitude or factor specific to any position. This is not what DISC® profiling is intended for, it is not a predictive assessment so assumptions should not be made regarding an applicant’s probability of success based solely on their style.

However to use DISC® as part of an on -boarding programme within an organisation, really is a win - win situation  

If you wish to use pre-employment profiling then contact us as we have another relevant profiling program for this purpose.   

Most definitely and thanks to our Catalyst Programme which was designed in response to world changes and where individuals are often working remotely or hybrid. There is strong evidence that leaders need to manage and motivate teams in a completely different way now.   

You can let us know of your requirements and how we can best meet them here.

Everything DiSCcan assist leaders with optimising and elevating their teams working from home experience.  As they take on the necessary yet challenging task of improving their teams’ remote work situation. Everything DISC® Workplace can serve as a solid foundation to help build a strong culture and connection with one another by uncovering insights that help deepen self -awareness, inspire appreciation of others, and offer ‘no nonsense’  tips to start conversations to  build better relationships—all based on  DISC® styles. 

The recently launched and highly anticipated Everything DiSC Agiledelivers on the latest research. It looks at developing the emotional and social intelligence necessary to support a successful business. Particularly helpful with developing an agile workplace.

For more about different methods of learning including Virtual Learning see article: e-Learning Advantages and Disadvantages

Everything DISC® Workplace® assessment (English) has been DNV-GL certified as an occupational test tool in the UK. Meaning that the DISC® Workplace assessment has passed the test Review Model developed by the European Federation of Psychologists’ Association (known as EFPA). 

TheDNV GL is an approval of manufacturers (AoM) who confirms that a product such as this has been found in compliance with international standards, regulations or their recognised DNV GL rules. This provides a company with proof of high quality and safety standards. 

Wiley, the publisher of DiSC®, is committed to maintaining the highest standards of instrument development and application through careful research and development processes. 

From the Everything DiSC Manual

People agree with the narrative descriptions of their styles. 

“Overall, participants report that the DISC® fit is good or excellent approximately 90% of the time.

As documented under the Forer effect (1949), however, it is not unusual for participants to show a high level of agreement with psychological test results, especially when those results include broad interpretations that could accurately describe most individuals in the population.” 

Observers also show agreement. 

“… a study was conducted to examine the relationship between assessment results and observer ratings of leadership behaviour. … The results of the analysis were largely as expected under the theoretical DISC® model.

For 71% of the [leadership] practices, the expected style had the highest mean. For 88% of the practices, the expected style was among the top two highest means.” 

All Everything DiSC® instruments offer valid scores and accurate feedback to the respondent. Each instrument is designed to provide reasonably accurate interpretations or feedback based on individual scores. 

You can be sure each Everything DISC® assessment has gone through rigorous evaluation for validity, reliability, and ease-of-use. 

Why not take your own for personal reflection.

In general, the average person’s behavioural profile tends to stay fairly consistent over time. While small differences in results from one time to another over time can occur, major swings in style are unlikely.  

When you repeat a DISC® assessment it is improbable that you will answer in exactly the same way and hence your dot placement is likely to move marginally. The median change Wiley (the publisher) sees following repeated assessment is 12 degrees which is insignificant.

However, if it has been two years or more since you last took the assessment or a major life or work event has occurred, it is advised that you retake again in order to gain the most accurate, up-to-date picture. 

Additionally It is good practice to administer DISC® assessments every two or so years to keep on top of new recruits. As part of onboarding to see how they fit in to your company culture. This allows your organisation to preserve its effective DISC® culture. 

Extracted from The Everything DiSC Manual

“Stability refers to the assessment’s ability to yield the same measurements over a period of time. … A sample of 599 respondents took the DISC® assessment twice with a two-week interval between testings. … [D]ata suggests that the DISC® scales are stable over repeated administration.

Consequently, test takers and administrators should, on average, expect no more than small changes when the instrument is taken at different times.

As the period between assessments increases, however; the differing results of these administrations will likely become more noticeable.” 

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Wiley (the publisher) analyses results as a matter of course. Now for the nitty gritty!

"Regarding geography and culture, Dr Mark Scullard, a psychometrician and DISC® researcher, had the following to say in a LinkedIn forum: 

“We don’t see much difference in DISC® results based on region of the U.S. In fact, I had just done a comparison using some representative states (CA, DC, FL, IA, NY, OH, TX, CO, GA) and found very few differences. There was a very slight tendency for results like more S styles in Ohio or more D styles in Georgia, but these differences are so small that they have virtually no practical implications. 

With regard to ethnic difference, we can also say that we don’t see any differences based on the traditionally defined five U.S. categories.

In fact, when we look at a large sample of Australians (living in Australia) who have taken the U.S. profile, they look the same as the U.S. population. I would only expect to see a difference in your sample with a large Latin-American population if participants are not very fluent in English. In such a case, the distribution of scores shouldn’t change, but the precision will drop a little"

An Everything DISC® blog (formerly published by Inscape Publishing) noted the following in their “How many D’s are there in the population?” post: 

"A person is only D relative to the people around her. A person is only C relative to the people around her. For example, imagine that we a have a plane full of S-style folks and the plane crashes on a remote island. We, of course, would have an island full of very, very polite people. But imagine that isolated community of people 10 years later, once they got to know each other really well. Some of those people would now probably be considered D’s – because they are more dominant relative to everyone else. If DISC® is going to be useful, it must help us understand our individual differences, not what everyone has in common." 

Is it common to have an extraDISC® priority? 

Our Everything DISC® profiles show a dot for your style and shading to show your comfort zone. If a person scores high for priorities outside the three surrounding his or her style, shaded lines will be shown in their report.

You can start the process by completing our needs assessment, in order for us to quote for your organisation.

HOW LONG DO WE HAVE ACCESS TO OURDISC® REPORTS AND ACTIVITIES?

Indefinitely, our programmes are designed with lifelong learning in mind as our mantra is ‘return and learn’ our assessments and reports stay with you to assist with experiential learning in the workplace.

NB: DISC® on Catalystis an online platform which permits ongoing access for teams to continue with development easily.

Absolutely we would welcome you to and we offer full support for this purpose. Either if you are an in-house HR department or an independent trainer.

Everything DISC® will add a new dimension to your learning and development programmes and provide some aha moments to your participants or employees.. 

It is important to point out that certification is not a mandatory condition to administer Everything DISC® profiles. NB the founder here at My Training Shop is certified. 

Between ourselves and Wiley (the publisher) guide and assist you with this process.  If certification is something you wish to pursue then equally so, we can put you forward to the next Everything DISC® workplace certification. For certification in other countries, we can put you in touch with our international partners. Any further information on any of these pointers please contact us us here.  

Trainer/facilitation kits 
Facilitation kits are available for all DISC® profile type assessments. When you can utilise their scripted modules, videos, and other resources to create your own modified training program. 

You may wish to read more about Behavioural Profilingand why Everything DiSC. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A DISC ASSESSMENT?

Around 15-20 minutes to complete an Everything DISC® assessment, when you will be presented with around 80 questions. This could be more as the software utilises adaptive testing hence not everyone receives the same questions or number of questions.

It is best to answer what comes natural and be truthful to yourself.

HOW LONG DO WE HAVE ACCESS TO OURDISC® REPORTS AND ACTIVITIES?

Indefinitely, our programmes are designed with lifelong learning in mind as our mantra is ‘return and learn’ our assessments and reports stay with you to assist with experiential learning in the workplace.

You can start by undertaking your own personal DISC® behavioural assessment here.

Quite simply it’s about what do you want to learn/achieve? What problem are you trying to solve? Knowing the answer will help you choose the profile that best meets your needs. 

In short, Everything DISC® for the workplace is Wiley’s flagship assessment and focuses on general workplace development.  leadership and  sales assessments along with workshops or mentoring, are specific to those roles.  

Examples:

If you are a leader and are looking at team communication improvements, conflict reduction, building a better culture then its always a good idea to participate with the Everything DISC® profile along with everyone else on the programme.   

The sales assessmentis perfect for anyone in a position where they depend on people for their performance levels. Valuable insights are gained  on themselves and importantly how to people read their prospects and customers in order to communicate in a more meaningful way which consequently brings about increased likeliness of results. 

Agile EQ 

In view of the changes brought about in 2020 where an emotionally intelligent workplace was realised as essential towards organisational success, AGILE EQ could be your tool of choice.

If you are unsure about your learning gaps– then contact us by completing this needs assessmentto support your thinking and in turn our advice.  

There are also times where a ‘top down’ approach may be the only solution and where a variety of assessments and interactions will be implemented to achieve the best outcomes. If in doubt complete your needs assessment above. 

If you want to learn more about yourself, we recommend Everything DiSC Workplace

Personality profiling for leaders who strive to lead effectively
Simplifying communications within teams
Personality profiling for teams who are reliant on increasing performance
Emotional intelligence profiling for leaders to want an agile workplace

 

Above you will learn about who developed disc profiling and importantly how personality profiling works and the relationship between disc assessment and communication and how it is NOT a character personality quiz. 

Know more about DiSC personalty types and how these assessments are utilized to improve communications and reduce conflict in the workplace.There are quite a few frequently asked questions but if you have a query you would like answering then please feel welcome to jot us a line, so we can answer your question then ensure it is placed with in our FAQ's here at My Training Shop.

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