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    DISC personality and behavioral assessment with reports and features including job matching, teambuilding, relationships, motivation and leadership analysis.

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Discus Features

  • DISC Invitations and Questionnaires

    Discus will handle all your DISC questionnaires online, managing the entire process for you and compiling the results as soon as they're ready to view.

  • The DISC Personality Report

    Discus offers one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated DISC reports available. Each report is uniquely tailored to each individual set of DISC results.

  • DISC Profile Feedback

    Discus offers direct candidate feedback for DISC results: the Feedback Report gives candidates a convenient and accessible way to review their own DISC profile.

  • The DISC Motivation Spectrum

    Discus gives you direct insight into the motivating and demotivating factors for any personality with the Motivation Spectrum report.

  • DISC Job Matching

    The Discus Job Matching feature helps you find the optimum DISC personality style for any role. Choose job styles from a library, or create your own with the built-in Job Profiler.

  • Managing Relationships with DISC

    Discus relationship assessments use DISC to describe the personality dynamics of any working relationship, looking at the relationship from both perspectives.

  • DISC Team Building

    Discus team building uses DISC to help model and assess any team, exploring relationships within the team, individual team roles, leadership issues and much more besides.

  • Sample DISC Reports

    Explore the range of reports Discus can produce: not only the DISC personality report, but also reports for feedback, Job Matching, relationships and teams.

  • DISC Platforms and Apps

    Discus DISC profiling is available on a wide range of different platforms, and through apps for mobile devices and tablets.

  • Customized and Branded DISC Profiling

    Completely customize your candidates' DISC profiling experience with Discus, using your own logo and color scheme on all your DISC questionnaires or reports.

  • DISC Languages

    Discus can provide DISC questionnaires and reports in a wide range of different languages, and can switch from one language to another quickly and easily.

DISC

  • What is DISC?

    A DISC test gives you personality profiling that's easy to use and affordable. A DISC profile produces a detailed picture of any personality from a simple questionnaire.

  • How DISC Works

    Find out how a DISC personality test, using DISC theory, can build up a powerful and sophisticated overview of any individual's behavioral style from just a simple questionnaire.

  • Benefits of the DISC Profile

    DISC brings real and varied advantages. Its core benefits lie in recruitment, but it can also help to integrate and develop people throughout an organization.

  • The History and Evolution of DISC

    Though DISC assessment itself originated in the 20th century, some of its core ideas have a remarkably long history, stretching back as far as ancient Greece.

  • D for Dominance

    The DISC factor of Dominance relates to assertiveness, drive and ambition, describing a dynamic individual with a direct, forceful and competitive attitude.

  • I for Influence

    The DISC factor of Influence relates to openness and positive communication, describing a self-confident person with an outgoing and expressive attitude.

  • S for Steadiness

    Steadiness, or 'S', is the third factor of DISC. People with a high 'S' factor work steadily and reliably, showing a focused, deliberate and patient attitude.

  • C for Compliance

    Compliance, or 'C', is the fourth factor of DISC. People with a high 'C' factor have an organised, cautious attitude, and approach tasks in an analytical way.

  • Reliability and Validity

    The Roodt Report is an independent assessment of the Discus DISC profiling system, providing a detailed study of the reliability and validity of the system.

  • DISC Training

    The online DISC training course from Discus provides an interactive video experience introducing the DISC system.

Understanding DISC I

The Theoretical Basis of the DISC System

  • Introduction and Contents

    An introduction to the basic ideas behind DISC personality assessment, looking at the ways two fundamental behavioral traits build a detailed DISC profile.

  • What is Personality?

    'Personality' is a word with many different definitions, but here we look at the operational description of personality used by the DISC profiling system.

  • History

    The concept of classifying personalities goes back into ancient history, evolving and developing over time to give us modern techniques like the DISC test.

  • Two Behavioral Axes

    Behavioral axes are part of the underlying theory behind DISC assessment, specifically two intersecting axes describing degrees of Assertiveness and Openness.

  • Assertiveness and Receptiveness

    One of the two personality axes behind DISC describes attitudes and motivations relating to drive and activity, from high Assertiveness to high Receptiveness.

  • Openness and Control

    One of the two personality axes behind DISC describes a spectrum of interpersonal behaviors ranging between the concepts of Openness and Control.

  • The Biaxial Model of DISC

    The 'Biaxial Model' is the theoretical construct that connects different personality types. and helps us to understand their similarities and differences.

  • A Note on Profiling Techniques

    DISC's 'biaxial model' is a theoretical underpinning of the approach, but in practice DISC questionnaires more usually measure DISC factors directly.

Understanding DISC II

The Style Card

  • Introduction and Contents

    The Style Card is a simple and straightforward means of representing a DISC personality style, and exploring the relationships between DISC factors.

  • The Style Card Concept

    We can plot personality styles on a grid - the Style Card - to give us a simple overview of the fundamental factors at work within a behavioral style.

  • Naming the Styles

    It's convenient to assign memorable names to the major divisions on a DISC Style Card, identifying types such as Driver, Communicator, Planner or Analyst.

  • Motivation

    Each of the core DISC personality types is motivated in quite different ways. Here, we a look at the ways motivating factors change from one type to another.

  • Pressure Responses

    Different personality types not only feel pressured in quite different kinds of situations, but also show a whole range of different responses to pressure.

  • Negotiation Strategies

    Each of the personality types of the DISC Style Card have their own motivations, and so understanding those types can help in building negotiation strategies.

  • Suitability Comparison

    Looking at the ways that different Style Card personality types interact with one another give us a useful introduction to DISC relationship assessment.

Understanding DISC III

The Four Factors

  • Introduction and Contents

    A detailed and comprehensive overview of the workings of the DISC assessment system, from first principles to more advanced interpretation techniques.

  • From Style Card to DISC Graph

    Style Card personality types can be mapped onto full DISC profile patterns, with each segment of the Style Card corresponding to a DISC profile shape.

  • Principles of DISC Profiling

    There are a series of common principles lying behind DISC questionnaires and their interpretation that help us build a useful picture of a personality.

  • The Basics of DISC Graphs

    A DISC graph gives a clear overview of a personality's relative levels of Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Compliance in different kinds of situation.

  • D for Dominance

    Dominance, or simply 'D', is the first of the four DISC factors and relates to traits such as independence, competitiveness, ambition and personal drive.

  • I for Influence

    Influence, or simply 'I', is the second of the four DISC factors and relates to traits such as sociability, personal confidence, openness and expressiveness.

  • S for Steadiness

    Steadiness, or simply 'S', is the third of the four DISC factors and relates to traits such as patience, reliability, consistency and acceptance of others.

  • C for Compliance

    Compliance, or simply 'C', is the last of the four DISC factors and relates to traits such as structure, procedure, rule-orientation and organisation.

  • Changes Across a Series

    DISC profile shapes can change substantially from one graph in a series to another in a profile series. Here we look at the implications of changes like this.

  • Twelve Standard Sub-traits

    The relationships between the factors in a DISC profile give rise to twelve 'sub-traits', giving us a more sophisticated view of an individual personality.

  • Job Matching

    Job Matching involves comparing an individual DISC profile against a personality template for any role to assess a candidate's suitability for that role.

  • Stress

    DISC assessment can help to identify certain types of stress, or 'profile tension', by looking at the ways a personality is adapting to different situations.

Understanding DISC IV

DISC Profile Shapes

  • Introduction and Contents

    An interactive guide with general interpretations for the most common DISC profile shapes, looking at communication, common abilities, motivations and more.

  • High D Only

    A DISC profile where Dominance (or 'D') appears as a sole high factor describes a person whose style is efficient, self-motivated and independent.

  • High I Only

    A DISC profile where Influence (or 'I') appears as a sole high factor describes a person whose style is friendly, enthusiastic and self-confident.

  • High S Only

    A DISC profile where Steadiness (or 'S') appears as a sole high factor describes a person whose style is patient, thoughtful and persistent.

  • High C Only

    A DISC profile where Compliance (or 'C') appears as a sole high factor describes a person whose style is co-operative, accurate and sensitive.

  • High D and I

    A DISC profile with two high factors of Dominance and Influence describes a person whose style is self-motivated, independent, enthusiastic and self-confident.

  • High D and S

    A DISC profile with two high factors of Dominance and Steadiness describes a person whose style is efficient, independent, thoughtful and persistent.

  • High D and C

    A DISC profile with two high factors of Dominance and Compliance describes a person whose style is efficient, self-motivated, accurate and sensitive.

  • High I and S

    A DISC profile with two high factors of Influence and Steadiness describes a person whose style is friendly, self-confident, patient and persistent.

  • High I and C

    A DISC profile with two high factors of Influence and Compliance describes a person whose style is friendly, enthusiastic, co-operative and sensitive.

  • High S and C

    A DISC profile with two high factors of Steadiness and Compliance describes a person whose style is patient, thoughtful, co-operative and accurate.

  • High D, I and S

    A DISC profile with combined high Dominance, Influence and Steadiness describes a person who is independent, self-confident and persistent in style.

  • High D, I and C

    A DISC profile with combined high Dominance, Influence and Compliance describes a person who is self-motivated, enthusiastic and sensitive in style.

  • High D, S and C

    A DISC profile with combined high Dominance, Steadiness and Compliance describes a person who is efficient, thoughtful and accurate in style.

  • High I, S and C

    A DISC profile with combined high Influence, Steadiness and Compliance describes a person who is friendly, patient and co-operative in style.

  • Special Situations

    Sometimes DISC profiles can form unusual patterns ('compressed', 'extended' and so on), and each of these special cases has its own particular implications.

Understanding DISC V

Application Areas

  • Introduction and Contents

    DISC assessment has a host of application areas, from recruitment and assessment to team-building, conflict resolution and career development.

  • Recruitment

    Recruitment is probably the area where personality profiling is most actively applied, with applications in all areas of the selection and hiring process.

  • Cultural Integration

    Cultural integration is the process of inducting a new member into a group or organisation, and an understanding of personality is crucial to this process.

  • Assessment

    A DISC assessment, or behavioral profile, has a part to play in ongoing appraisal, helping to build a comprehensive picture of staff performance and effectiveness.

  • Redeployment

    DISC behavioral assessment and role matching can provide vital insights to help redeploy individuals into the best suited roles within any organisation.

  • Team-building

    Personality is a key factor in team building, and a profiling tool like DISC can give you deep insights into the ways people work together in a group.

  • Addressing Specific Problems

    DISC assessment can play a part in identifying sources of both personality conflicts in the workplace, and help to address personality issues like this.

  • Career Development

    DISC can help to identify career paths most closely suited to individual personality types, by matching careers against a person's preferences and motivations.

Reference and Resources