Understanding DiSC’s EPIC administration tool

EPIC dashboardIntroduction to EPIC

EPIC is the assessment delivery and reporting platform where you manage all the profiles, send out access codes for tests, archive results, change your brand image, and conduct other administrative tasks. It offers you quite a bit of flexibility and control.

You’re first given access to EPIC when you purchase an EPIC Starter Package for DiSC or an assessment package for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team. Your account will be set up for you and some basic branding, such as your company name and logo, will be added, if available.

The EPIC platform is provided by the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., but your DiSCProfile.com team can assist you with your account.

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DiSC collage activity

A simple and memorable DiSC training activity

 

How can you make the DiSC styles even more memorable? People need to spend time with a concept and have experiences with it to make it memorable. Creating collages in one way to give someone one more experience with the DiSC styles. It’s an activity that draws on what they’ve had presented to them in their DiSC reports. It can be more memorable than words on a page or slide because it’s something learners make themselves.

C-poster

Allow at least an hour for creating the posters and debriefing. Encourage collaboration and discussion. You can expect people to see an image and immediately call out something like “Oh, this is perfect for a D!” Or they will ask for opinions: “Should ‘speak up’ be for the D because they like to-the-point communication, or for the i because they love talking, or should it be for the S because they need to be better at speaking up?” You can step in to provide clarification about DiSC styles if needed.

 

Suggestions of collages

Several types of collages can be created. Ask participants to create one based on your teaching objectives.

Create a poster that reflects:

  • Your own style
  • Fears about your style (I might overuse this behavior, or I think people might see me as this way.)
  • All four styles
  • The style you find the most challenging
  • How to work best with your style
  • What you want to learn from the other styles
  • Your team’s overall style

 

Sharing the experience and posters

collage for DiSC i styleThis type of activity gives the facilitator plenty of opportunities to further explain DiSC priorities. Before beginning the exercise you can prime participants by asking them to make silent predictions about how posters will look and how people will work on them.

  • Ask each collage creator to explain his or her poster.
  • Allow others to ask questions.
  • Ask for observations about the posters. (For example, someone might notice say that they expected an i-style poster would be full of bright images, but since the poster creator is so verbal that it makes sense that it’s full of colorful words, lots and lots of words.)
  • Ask for observations about how people showed their styles as they worked. (Did the D style get done first?)
  • What stereotypes came up during the creation or explanation of the posters? (For example, the person working on a D poster was handed the business magazine; the person working on the i style was handed the entertainment magazine.)

 

Tips

EverythingDiSCFourPrioritiesThis is a very easy activity to run as long as you have enough supplies: images, glue sticks, glue dots, scissors, stickers, markers, etc.

  • If you’re concerned about time, you can provide a selection of images, words, stickers, etc. instead of entire magazines.
  • Keeping posters up in a conference or break room can keep DiSC in people’s minds as they interact.
  • Be observant as people work. Be there for questions.
  • Remind people that there are eight priorities reflected in the four styles.
  • If a team is missing a style, it can be helpful to have them work together to create a poster about that missing style. Then ask questions such as these: Which of those traits would they like to see developed on their team? Who tends to move into that empty style space? How does missing that style hinder their work?

 

Let us know if you’ve done an exercise like this. We’d love to share photos of posters on our DiSC Pinterest pages.

 

by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team

 

Quiz: DiSC and motivation

Quiz: DiSC and motivation

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Everything DiSC Management profile pages on motivationMotivation is most directly addressed in the Everything DiSC Management profile.

More quizzes

 
Your answers are highlighted below.
Question 1
Which of these does NOT demotivate a D style?
A
Competition
B
Foot dragging
C
Tight supervision
D
Routine
Question 1 Explanation: 
The D styles prioritize challenge, drive and action.
Question 2
Which of these would be a motivating environment for an i style employee?
A
Several opportunities for collaboration with their boss and peers.
B
Concrete goals, explanations regarding the bottom-line purpose of assignments.
C
High standards and expectations within specified parameters.
D
Structure and routine.
Question 2 Explanation: 
The i style is energized by working with others. They value relationships.
Question 3
Which of the following would demotivate someone with an i style the most?
A
Working in a reserved, slow-paced setting.
B
Getting rushed to make decisions.
C
Dealing with cold or argumentative people.
D
Feeling like their time is being wasted.
Question 3 Explanation: 
The i styles prioritize action, encouragement and collaboration.
Question 4
What's the best way suggested below of recognizing and rewarding someone with a D style?
A
Give them an award during a ceremony.
B
Offer opportunities for advancement.
C
Offer sincere praise.
D
Offer a compliment in private.
Question 4 Explanation: 
The D style is driven.
Question 5
Which is most likely to demotivate a C style?
A
Having to wade through a lot of details.
B
Needing to be confrontational and challenging.
C
Being forced to let errors slide.
D
Being isolated from others.
Question 5 Explanation: 
The C style want to base their decisions on logic and value objectivity, reliability and like a good challenge.
Question 6
What's an effective way of recognizing or rewarding employees with S styles?
A
Show that you trust them to deliver results by giving them more responsibility.
B
Help them build expertise in new areas of interest.
C
Give them plenty of variety and opportunities for socializing.
D
Place them in the limelight.
Question 6 Explanation: 
The S style employee wants to be respected and is unlikely to put themselves forward for new opportunities.
Question 7
Which of these would NOT help create a motivating environment for C employees?
A
Encouraging them to help define quality standards.
B
Giving them plenty of time to process information.
C
Avoiding springing last-minute demands on them.
D
Requiring that they attend frequent networking events.
Question 7 Explanation: 
People with the C style tend towards introversion and like to get absorbed in analytical projects.
Question 8
What is the natural motivation of someone with an S style?
A
To bring high standards and analysis to projects.
B
To achieve recognition, career growth, and influence.
C
To create and maintain stability where tension and conflict are rare.
D
To initiate adventurous or groundbreaking programs.
Question 8 Explanation: 
This style values progress, but thrives when given time to perform without being rushed or stressed.
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What happened to my style: iC or DS?

If you’ve taken a DiSC Classic 2.0 or DiSC Classic paper version of the DiSC assessment, you may have had a style which doesn’t seem to appear in Everything DiSC reports. Why?

 

DiSC dotFirst let’s look at the circumplex model and the location of the dot. The dot’s location tells you two things. In the image at right, it shows that the person straddles the D and C styles. He or she is a DC or CD style. It’s placement towards the edge of the circle shows that this is a strong priority or preference. A dot positioned closer to the center of the circle would have indicated only a slight inclination towards the C and D styles.

 

Note the shading around the dot. This shows that this person has a bit of i and S as well. This person prioritizes challenge, results and accuracy much more than collaboration, for example. That does not mean the person isn’t good at collaborating, but rather that she or he isn’t likely to be motivated by opportunities to collaborate. The DiSC model doesn’t tell us if the person might enjoy or hate collaboration, or might be good or bad at it. It’s just not a priority.

 

Spanish DiSC circle modelIt’s possible for someone to have four or even five priorities. Their circles look a little different. The person with the example at right might have been an iC in the older DiSC Classic. This example is an i style who prioritizes action,
enthusiasm, and collaboration, along with accuracy, which isn’t characteristic of most people with the i style. It will be much easier, or take less energy, for this person to focus on details or double-check work than it will be for others with the i style who might have to stretch more to reach the same level of precision.

 

LEARN MORE

How My Graph Became a Dot, pdf report

Facilitators might want to use the Supplement for Facilitators report with clients who have a fourth or fifth priority. It provides a bit more information.

Understanding our D-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our i-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our S-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our C-style colleagues and friends

 

by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team