This Ain’t No Party, This Ain’t No DISCO, This Ain’t No Foolin’ Around – Talking Heads

In our last entry we looked at the MBTI and will continue our overview of workplace assessments with the DISC.  The two may seem very similar with their 4 different categories, their 15/16 personality types, and the scaling of questions to determine which one an individual fits best into; but they are in fact very different.

DISC is a quadrant behavioral model created to examine the behavior of individuals in their environment or within a specific and focuses on the styles and preferences of such behavior.

DISC is an acronym for:

▪                Dominance – relating to control, power and assertiveness

▪                Influence – relating to social situations and communication

▪                Steadiness – relating to patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness

▪                Compliance – relating to structure and organization


Dr. William Moulton Marston found that characteristics of behavior can be grouped into these four major “personality styles” and they tend to exhibit specific characteristics common to that particular style. All individuals possess all four, but what differs from one to another is the extent of each.

For most, these types are seen in shades of grey rather than black or white, and within that, there is interplay of behaviors, otherwise known as blends. The determination of such blends starts with the primary (or stronger) type, followed by the secondary (or lesser) type, although all contribute more than just purely the strength of that “signal”.

Having understood the differences between these blends, it is then ideally possible to integrate individual team members with less friction.  In a typical team, there are varying degrees of compatibility, not just toward tasks but interpersonal relationships as well. However, when they are identified, energy can be spent on refining the results.

Each of these types has its own unique value to the team, ideal environment, general characteristics, what the individual is motivated by, and value to team.

In our next entry we will look at the DISC personality types in more detail.  No foolin’ around….


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