Extended DISC taught me a lot about myself. What is DISC? DISC profiling is a tool used to identify behavioral style by measuring attributes or qualities of a person and aspects of his or her personality.
I recently took the Individual DISC Assessment for professional reasons and was somewhat surprised by the results. The purpose of the DISC Assessment is to assist in self-development as it points out where you are strong and where you may need to put in more effort. Just to give you a brief description of the Extended DISC model (By Extended DISC)… It’s based on behavioral theories that have been used for over 90 years. The power of this model is that it’s easy to learn, understand and use because it identifies only four behavioral styles of individuals. People can be divided into four main styles by identifying if they are more: 1. People or Task Oriented OR 2. Reserved or Active. The resulting four styles are called: D-style (Dominance) I-style (Influence) S-style (Steadiness) C-style (Conscientiousness).
So, my DISC style is CS (C – 85%, S – 15%)
Others may perceive me as: Exact, diplomatic, careful, considerate, shy, patient, inquiring, thoughtful, perfectionist, passively friendly, helpful, correct, concentrating.
My communication style may be perceived as: being balanced and correct in conversations if I know the topic or the conversation follows a specific form. When a motivating, inspiring and goal-oriented argumentation is needed, I step back and give space to more assertive, social people. I could be used as a critical listener.
Others may perceive my decision-making as: Being very careful at making decisions. It’s easier to know the rules than to make them. I’m a perfectionist and never says a word in which I’m not convinced. I CAN’T stand unreliable things OR people!
My strengths: Adheres to instructions given by others, concentrates independently on work, works according to the system principals, specializes in my own field, is loyal and kind, doesn’t overemphasize own opinion, allows everyone to be heard, avoids mistakes and going solo, is not arrogant or careless, sticks to the point and does my own work, acts as I should and acts in a supporting role.
My Motivators: Factual and plan-based working style, exact job descriptions and instructions, possibility to be in the team, companionship with similar type of people, interested and helping atmosphere, well-considered changes, duties including details, as much relevant information as possible, enough time to do the work, support in expressing my opinion and deliberate progress.
Situations that Reduce My Motivation: Daring statements, Reckless risks, having to be in the limelight alone, commanding others without instructions, walking on thin ice, aggressive people, expressing the wrong opinion, chaos and disagreements, taking responsibility alone for something new, people who force me to be in the public eye, feeling of uncertainty and Inaccuracy.
My Communication Style: Better in written communication, Doesn’t express disagreeing views, Including a lot of facts and details, May miss the big picture, doesn’t talk about opinions or abstract matters and extremely diplomatic.
I will admit that I am stuck in certain ways and may seem inflexible, I also want to be correct 100% of the time, produce high quality work and stay mistake free. I will say that I strive for all these things but, I’m human and am not perfect! This is what I struggle with daily!
In a nutshell: C-Styles are most analytical of the four behavior styles. Very detail oriented, focusing on facts, information and proofs. I’m comfortable working alone and am the most reserved of the four styles. I’m also logical and methodical in my approach. I’m cautious and compliant to my own high standards. My emphasis is to work with the existing circumstances to ensure the quality of the product or service. I make sure that everything works the way it should.
I may sometimes be too critical of others. I may expect everyone to follow my standards. My attention to detail and correctness can be perceived as nit-picky by others. My desire to do things correctly can also slow down my decision-making. I can definitely over-analyze issues and need a lot of information. Again… this is in my personal life as well! So, I think I just need to connect with all the C-Styles and I’ll be okay. Lol!
Overall this assessment was spot on but, not just in my professional life, in my personal life as well. This is who I am! It also allowed me to be able to recognize and identify people with other styles. I have to be able to 1. Observe, 2. Assess & 3. Recognize. It’s all about learning other people’s behavior styles and adjusting to be able to communicate effectively.
I think this Extended DISC is a great assessment tool for professionals that will teach us a lot about ourselves professionally and personally in addition to providing the necessary tools to have more successful interactions with others in any environment. Have you ever taken an Individual Extended DISC Assessment? Were you enlightened or learn anything new about yourself? Visit the Extended DISC website for more information.