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?
First 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.
It’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.
Like all models, DiSC is not a perfect representation of human nature. Some people are simultaneously very outgoing and enthusiastic while also being highly attentive to accuracy. Some people are very direct and blunt in their language while also being relatively empathetic. For this reason, the extra priorities within Everything DiSC will show when a person is atypical for a given style.
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.
by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team