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DISC: What You Need to Know

May 21, 2020 | Behaviors

DISC: What You Need to Know

Even though DISC is one of the most popular assessments on the market, you might not know everything you’d like to know about it.

Everything You Need to Know About DISC

From the benefits of the assessment to the ways individuals, teams and organizations can benefit from its insights.

  1. What is DISC?
  2. What does each DISC factor measure?
  3. Who created DISC?
  4. What makes TTI SI’s DISC different from other providers?
  5. Who can use DISC?
  6. How can you use DISC right now?
  7. What’s Your Next Step With DISC?

What is DISC?

DISC personality profile assessments for individual and team behavior and communication available online and in-person for leaders to improve performance and collaboration.DISC is a universal behavioral model that goes over four separate factors: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance.

Put simply: the DISC assessment measures how a person does what they do. It creates a language around observable behavior.

To fully understand DISC, it’s important to understand how the four individual components work together to create the whole. While a typical person may have one or two dominant characteristics, it’s the combination of the four components of DISC that defines a person’s behavior. The four components of DISC create a “behavioral makeup” unique to every individual.

What does each DISC factor measure?

Everything you need to know about DISC: DISC letter D stands for compliance and measure how someone handles problems and challenges.D⁠ — Dominance.

This factor measures how someone handles problems and challenges.

If your highest score is D, you are a Direct communicator.

If your lowest score is D, you are a Reflective communicator.

Everything you need to know about DISC: DISC letter I stands for compliance and measure how someone handles people and contacts.I⁠ — Influence.

This factor measures how someone handles people and contacts.

If your highest score is I, you are an Outgoing communicator.

If your lowest score is I, you are a Reserved communicator.

Everything you need to know about DISC: DISC letter S stands for compliance and measure how someone handles pace and consistency.S⁠ — Steadiness.

This factor measures how someone handles pace and consistency.

If your highest score is S, you are a Predictable communicator.

If your lowest score is S, you are a Dynamic communicator.

Everything you need to know about DISC: DISC letter C stands for compliance and measure how someone handles procedures and constraints.C⁠ — Compliance.

This factor measures how someone handles procedures and constraints.

If your highest score is C, you are a Compliant communicator.

If your lowest score is C, you are a Pioneering communicator.

Who created DISC?

DISC personality assessment wheel for individual and team behavior and communication at work DISC theory was created by Walter V. Clarke, an industrial psychologist who based the assessment on the behavioral theory of William Marston. The assessment was developed in its earliest form in the 1960s.

Since 1984, DISC continues to be the #1 behavior and communication profile assessment in the workplace. Today, DISC is used in 75% of Fortune 500 companies.

What makes TTI SI’s DISC different from other providers?

TeamTalent Consulting chooses TTI SI’s DISC assessment for our clients. We researched extensively before making this decision because DISC is a very popular assessment tool, and TTI SI is not the only group to provide it.

A holistic insight.

Everthing you need to know about DISC adapted and natural stylesTTI SI is the only provider who looks at the entire DISC graph, instead of only measuring above the energy line. (The energy line is at 50 on the graphic; anything above it is considered a dominant score.)

By looking at every score in every factor, TTI SI’s method gives a more holistic and complete assessment of a person. This provides more clarity over all, and makes the assessment more effective.

Innovation since 1984.

TTI SI also introduced the first computerized and personalized DISC assessment and reporting tool in 1984.

In-house research department.

TTI SI has been an industry leader for the last 35+ years, and has a dedicated research team that works in-house. TTI’s brain lab lets them conduct research that is internally and externally verified and peer reviewed.

Who can use DISC?

Everything you need to know about DISC including team and leadership development.DISC is a tool that can be used at every level of an organization. The assessment measures an individual’s responses, but those responses can be mapped.

For individuals.

DISC uncovers insight into the “how” behind your “why”. It reveals the behavioral makeup that is unique to each individual. Taking and understanding a DISC assessment helps people:

  • Minimize unnecessary conflict
  • Increase productivity and engagement
  • Enhance communication
  • Maximize their strengths
  • Develop self-awareness
For 2 people: The Comparison Report.

We are able to generate a DISC report that compares 2 individuals. This helps them share their similarities, highlight their differences, and run through ways they can better communicate with each other. This report is a game changer for teams with different communication styles.

Who can use a Comparison Report?

  • Manager to direct report
  • 2 candidates applying for the same position
  • Any two people conflicting with each other
  • New hire to boss
  • Partners with each other
For 3 or more people: The Team Report

We generate DISC assessment Team Reports to compare up to 200 individuals for communication and behavioral improvement in Orange County, CA

The Team Report is similar to the Comparison Report, but includes three or more individuals in its findings. These reports are a great way for an entire team or department to learn more about each other and get a better sense of their strengths and weaknesses as a unit.

How Can a Team Report Help You?

  • Compare your team
  • Find communication gaps
  • Gain higher productivity on projects
  • Smoother internal communication
  • Understand behavioral style dynamics of team
  • Become more effective together

One of the best outcomes of a Team Report is deeper insight into your team as individuals and as a whole. It helps leaders understand how to leverage their teams’ strengths and communicate more effectively overall. Download a sample DISC Team Report now.

For Entire Organizations

How can an entire company harness the power of DISC for multiple teams? While you can use DISC individually and then find the average score of your entire organization, it’s most effective with smaller teams. Use Team Reports in every department to discover which teams need more development or resources, and to see how different personalities work together in different areas.

By using DISC to help improve individual engagement and productivity, you will improve your organization overall.

How can you use DISC right now?

We create DISC assessment Team Report graph wheels to compare up to 200 individuals for communication and behavioral improvement in Orange County, CADISC is a foundational assessment for all organizational teams—it’s an excellent starting point and introduction to the science of self. It’s also an easy concept for people to absorb and apply right away. If you’re looking for quick results, DISC is the assessment for you.

Use DISC to support:
  • Coaching
  • Team building
  • Training
  • Leadership development

What’s your next step with DISC?

If you’re ready to start using DISC today, we can help! Schedule a chat with us.

Would you like to experience DISC for yourself, including a personal debriefing session? We’re happy to provide you with a free DISC assessment.

Send us any questions you have and we’ll respond quickly. Or, call or text us at (657) 210-0330.

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DISC: What You Need to Know

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Guest TTI SI Blog Author: Jaime Faulkner

Jaime believes authenticity and storytelling are the keys to successful marketing. As a graduate from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, she loves finding and connecting narratives. When she’s not at work, she’s psychoanalyzing contestants on The Bachelor, painting, listening to podcasts, or playing tabletop RPGs.

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