Most Conducive Environment
for DISC profiles

In 1984, I was introduced to the DISC Personal Profile System now known as the DISC Classic. I found it to be extremely helpful in gaining a deeper insight to myself and having a general understanding of others.

There are 24 groups of descriptive words in this self-administered instrument. You are to select one that MOST describes you and one that LEAST describes you. From your choices, three graphs are plotted. The DISC profile shows

  • Graph 1 - Expected behaviour (by others)

    This graph refers to the current demands of your present work environment and acknowledges the influence others have on your behaviour.

  • Graph 2 - Natural instinctive behaviour under stress

    This graph reflects the stored and accepted information from your past and tends to be the most static of the three graphs.

  • Graph 3 - Self-perception

    This is a summary graph of the earlier two graphs. It is a description of your self-identity and shows your adapted behaviour.

General Highlights

Next, each of us are to circle the highest plotting point of Graph 3 (self-perception) and that would identify us as a High D, I, S or C. We are provided with the basis of (stage 1) interpretation - the general highlights of a High D, I, S or C which include the following:

  • Description:

    1. This person's natural tendencies
    2. The environment most conducive to this person's success

  • Action Plan:

    1. The types of people who best complement this person
    2. The actions this person needs for personal development and growth

The DISC Personal Profile System explore behavioural issues across four primary dimensions. Here's a summary.

  • Dominance: Direct & Decisive

    High D's are strong-willed, strong-minded people who like accepting challenges, taking action, and getting immediate results.

  • Influence: Optimistic & Outgoing

    High I's are "people people" who like participating in teams, sharing ideas, and energizing and entertaining others.

  • Steadiness: Sympathetic & Cooperative

    High S's are helpful people who like working behind the scenes, performing in consistent and predictable ways, and being good listeners.

  • Conscientiousness: Concerned & Correct

    High C's are sticklers for quality and like planning ahead, employing systematic approaches, and checking and re-checking for accuracy.

For many of us who completed the profile, our focus seems to be our natural tendencies and the classical profile patterns (in stage 3 interpretation). I like to take a look at the most conducive environment for our success and the relationship between the three graphs.

Most Conducive Environment for ...
High D High I High S High C
  • Challenging
  • Offers authority and control
  • With varied activities
  • Social recognition
  • Freedom from control and details
  • Opportunity to influence others
  • Consistent and familiar
  • Offers an area of specialisation
  • Working with a group
  • Supportive and predictable
  • Clearly defined job description
  • Work requiring precision and planning

Relationship between the three graphs

When expected behaviour is different from your natural behavioural style, you may be experiencing discomfort even stress in your present work environment. But when they are similar, this means that your environment is using your natural tendencies and you are fairly comfortable where you are. More information on the interpretation of dissimilar and similar graphs is available in the instrument.

It makes sense to leverage on strengths ... the organisation benefits and you are happy.

Reflection / Application

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