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Understanding Your DiSC Profile

Have you taken a DiSC profile test but are unsure what it all means? Here are a few common questions about this world-leading personality assessment tool. 

Why DiSC?

Many businesses and education centres use DiSC assessments as a tool in creating a positive working environment. For example, a manufacturing company used it to highlight ways for its teams to work more effectively together. As a result, management knows more about how each team member prefers to act & work, what motivates them and what might cause them stress. They have a shared and non-judgmental vocabulary for discussing issues and a better sense of what their business culture is and what they’d like it to be.  

Another example is from a construction company. Whenever someone new is hired, that employee is asked to take the profile. Profiles are shared and the on-boarding process is sped up. The new employee in accounting might learn that the boss is an 'i' profile = tends to judge people by their openness, social skills and enthusiasm. And the boss might learn that the new accountant is a 'C' and is more concerned with accuracy and objective processes. Together they will see that each of these traits is necessary to bring flexibility and depth to the organization. Everyone gains some insight into how they might want to adapt their preferred styles when working directly with each other.

How Do I Do a DiSC?

The test is taken via an online link your DiSC Accredited provider will give you and should take less than 15mins to complete. There are no right or wrong answers. Most peoples' profiles tend to stay fairly consistent over time.

The scoring and reporting are done electronically or in a few simple steps for an all-paper version. The Team Building Company is one of the few DiSC Accredited providers in New Zealand to also offer a personal consultation as part of the service to ensure complete accuracy and clear understanding of the information outlined in your profile.

Sample DiSC profile reports are available online and will give you a good sense of what is covered and how they might be used.

What Do the Letters Mean?

DiSC theory looks at four basic styles to describe how people approach their work and relationships. These are represented by the four letters. The assessment goes much deeper than this, of course, but a quick overview of each style can be read at the links below.