The DiSC profile, published by Wiley, is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people’s behavioral differences. If you participate in a DiSC program, you’ll be asked to complete a series of questions that produce a detailed report about your personality and behavior. You’ll also receive tips related to working with people of other styles.
Note: Information here applies only to Everything DiSC and DiSC Classic assessments. It’s likely that other tests using the name DISC have not been researched and validated to the depth of Wiley’s DiSC products.
The DiSC® model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors with others — within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.
DiSC profiles help you and your team:
• Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems
• Improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members
• Facilitate better teamwork and teach productive conflict
• Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to customer styles
• Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members
Everything DiSC® Workplace is designed for all employees in any type of organization or company, no matter their title or role. This assessment incorporates adaptive testing which generates a 20-page report providing personalized insights into what drives people at work. Most importantly, the Everything DiSC Workplace report is research validated so you can trust the results that you or your participants receive.
The Everything DiSC Workplace Profile includes:
• Discovering Your DiSC® Style
• Understanding Other Styles
• Building More Effective Relationships
• Personalized Style-Index
Everything DiSC Workplace is our most popular DiSC-based development assessment. Trainers, consultants, and coaches can use the modular design and online tailoring features to design customized and branded programs and profiles.
3 OPTIONS for TEAMS
1. Everything DiSC resources for teams
Teams need support, evaluation and time for reflection just as individuals do. You might already know about the benefits of using Everything DiSC with teams: better communication, increased understanding, reduced unproductive conflict. Teams typically begin with Everything DiSC Workplace®.
Additional DiSC resources available to teams:
Show strengths, challenges and relationship behaviors of any two people on the team. Compare any two people who have taken any of the Everything DiSC Profiles. Two 10-page reports, one for each person. Free with an EPIC account.
Team members can compare themselves with others who have taken an Everything DiSC assessment and signed up for an MyEverythingDiSC account. Groups can also create group maps and get tips for working better with people in that group. Group reports are available to the facilitator get even more insights into a team.
2. Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
Is your team part of your organization’s competitive advantage? Or is it slow about making decisions, shy about making waves, mired in politics or posturing? Are meetings boring, wasteful or explosive? Maybe your team is doing OK, but could be more cohesive, better at meeting commitments and holding each other accountable. The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® can help. (We thought our own team was doing great, but after completing the program we discovered how to work together even better.)
The assessment includes Everything DiSC and adds questions based on Patrick Lencioni’s model from his best-selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. It evaluates how well the team members believe they and the team are performing. It addressed issues of trust, conflict, commitment, accountability and results.
To optimize effectiveness, teams debrief on their results and engage in facilitated discussions around each topic. The program works best with intact teams who have been working together for at least a short while. We recommend using a skilled facilitator for this program as the Five Behaviors journey takes a commitment of time and emotion.
3. Team Dimensions
If you have a few employees struggling with teamwork or have new people you want to form into a team, then Team Dimensions can help. This profile helps individuals work from their strengths by identifying their most natural team role. It can also highlight areas in which a new team might struggle. Individuals will receive a report that identifies their preferred role on a team: creator, advancer, refiner, executor, or flexer. Not only will they learn about the strengths they can bring to a team, they will also gain insight into how they might be perceived by others and how they can work better with others.
Team leaders will find the profile helpful when leading a new team. Leaders will identify where they are most comfortable and how to look out for focusing too long in that area. They will gain insight into what tasks a member might need coaching to handle and where to watch for stress on the team. The focus for this profile is on teamwork, team roles and topics such as meetings and time management. The report introduces the team to the “Z” process–the sequence of states that most team projects follow. It explores common issues of teams: communication, meetings, time management, and team roles.
Team members learn what behaviors they might expect from other team members and how best to work with them. Choosing between Everything DiSC Workplace and Team Dimensions is a matter of identifying your greatest needs. Many organizations use both. Everything DiSC describes who you are; Team Dimensions describes what you do and the talents you bring to a team. And the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team builds an existing team into a more productive, effective team – any organization’s competitive advantage.