Which DiSC Profile to Choose

With the ever-increasing number of DiSC Profiles on the market, DiSC trainers may feel overwhelmed when deciding which profile will most effectively meet their needs. Below we'll discuss a number of DiSC test profiles that may be used for corporations, government organizations, colleges and universities, and individuals to better understand themselves and others. We'll discuss the history of DiSC, scoring methods, reporting, and facilitation tools available.

DiSC Classic

DiSC Classic offers an easy-to-use, cost-effective vehicle for self development to participants and DiSC facilitators.

DiSC Classic is based on a two-axis, four-dimensional model, described in a 1928 book Emotions of Normal People by William Moulton Marston. The model divides behavior into the dimensions of: Dominance, influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. Although Marston devised a system to understand and describe human behavior, he never actually developed an assessment to measure behavior. Rather, authors and researchers expanded on his model and created a variety of applications, including DiSC Classic, which was first published in 1972.

The Personal Profile System - the original version of DiSC Classic - consisted of 24 sets of four words presented in a forced-choice format, which were consistent with Marston's Model. The original instrument was validated and normed in 1972 on a sample of 1,000 people (752 males and 248 females) from a business population.

In the early 1990s, Inscape Publishing conducted research in the areas of literature survey and data collection to determine what changes were necessary to contemporize the DiSC model and improve its reliability. Based on their research sample of over 3,000 respondents, it was clear that revisions to the items and scales were necessary. A Delphi process was used to identify and evaluate new items. The forced-choice format was retained in order to minimize bias introduced by the effects of social desirability and response style. A study was also conducted to determine the viability of changes to the instrument. More than 40 changes were made, including word changes, changes in word groups, and the addition of four new response groups. Research indicated that the new items and changed items significantly improved the reliability.

The paper version of the DiSC Classic Profile is self-administered, self-scored, and self-interpreted. The Online DiSC Classic 2.0 Profile is also self-interpreted, but is administered and scored electronically within the EPIC System. A comprehensive facilitation system is available to help facilitate DiSC learning in a variety of applications including conflict, communications, interpersonal effectiveness, teambuilding, and more.

Everything DiSC

Everything DiSC profiles and facilitation systems teach professionals to connect better with the people they work with in specific applications. The Everything DiSC assessments are all electronically scored within the EPIC system, and use a circle, or circumplex, as an intuitive way to represent DiSC. Participants respond to 79 adjectives on a five-point ordered response scale, indicating how often each adjective describes them. The responses are used to form scores on eight scales that are located around the DiSC circle.

The line-graph representation used in DiSC Classic is still quite powerful, but the circular representation in Everything DiSC Profiles allows people to quickly understand relationships in the DiSC model and recognize patterns within group dynamics. Everything DiSC Profiles are customizable, make DiSC easy to internalize, and are more intuitive and memorable than the DiSC Classic Profiles. Corresponding facilitator materials with handouts, videos, and PowerPoints are customizable to meet the needs of individuals and teams.

The Online Everything DiSC Profiles Include:

Everything DiSC Workplace Profile: May be used with anyone in an organization regardless of title or role.

Everything DiSC Management: Teaches managers how to bring out the best in each employee by learning how to read the styles of the people they manage. Tis DiSC Profile focuses on directing & delegating, motivating, developing others, and working with your manager.

Everything DiSC Sales: Teaches salespeople how to read the styles of their customers, recognize and understand customer buying styles, and adapt their sales style to their customer’s buying style.

Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders: A DiSC 360° test that combines the simplicity and power of DiSC with the best of 360 degree feedback, plus 3 strategies to help improve leadership effectiveness.

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