How do you compare to me?
The Everything DiSC® Comparison Report is an additional 11-page free report you can run for pairs of people who have already taken an Everything DiSC® profile: Workplace, Sales, Management, Agile EQ, Productive Conflict, or Work of Leaders. It is built into Everything DiSC® on Catalyst™.
Your comparison report will compare you to one other person. The report reminds you of your DiSC style and that of your partner. It provides specific information about how each of you compares to the other. What are the roadblocks you might encounter while working together? What are the potential benefits? This comparison is presented through both visuals and narrative explanations.
Traits compared will include at least six of these pairs:
- Daring vs. Careful
- Soft-spoken vs. Forceful
- Calm vs. Energetic
- Tactful vs. Frank
- Skeptical vs. Accepting
- Accommodating vs. Strong-willed
- Patient vs. Driven
- Private vs. Outgoing
- Lively vs. Reserved
I use these for team building—especially with new teams—because they give coworkers, supervisors, and team members an upfront understanding of the “whys” behind their colleagues’ behaviors, preferences, communication, and work styles.
Download a sample Everything DiSC Comparison Report (PDF).
If you manage DiSC reports for your organization, you can run Comparison Reports through your EPIC administrator account. If you’ve taken the DiSC profile, you’ll need to contact the person who ran your initial DiSC report (probably the one who sent you an email asking you to complete the profile) and request a Comparison Report.
Management and business use examples
Two employees are frequently in conflict. A manager gets a new direct report. Two or more people have been asked to work together on a new project. A small team is being formed using remote workers. These are examples of when the Everything DiSC Comparison Report can really prove its worth.
Comparison Report recipients are asked to consider this question for each trait pair: “How do your differences affect your relationship or your ability to work together effectively, and what could you do to make improvements?”
Tips are provided for working more effectively with the other person being profiled. These are very specific and are a great way to initiate discussions around issues that might be harder to address outside this formal structured report.
Comparison Reports can only be run for pairs, but many of our clients have run reports for groups, e.g., A to B, A to C, B to A, B to C, C to A, etc. If a facilitator is presenting these reports, we suggest that the facilitator also uses the Everything DiSC® Group Culture Report, which helps you understand needs, goals, fears, emotions, and behaviors within a group’s culture. It does not show participant names and is designed to be distributed to participants for training and group discussion.
Use for counseling
DiSC is often used in counseling situations, marital counseling, relationship counseling, life coaching, job coaching, and more. This report can be very revealing of possible stressors for any relationship. Sometimes the report can reveal the source of miscommunication or personality clashes. Since DiSC does not value one personal style over another, the report provides a way of addressing issues without judgment.
Sample Everything DiSC Comparison Report
Comparisons on the Catalyst platform
Catalyst allows participants to actively compare their DiSC styles to their colleagues’ and manager’s styles in real time. Colleagues all have to belong to the same organization.
Learners on Catalyst can easily choose a colleague to see how their styles compare.
It’s easy to compare each other’s tendencies. But you can go even deeper and get recommendations for how to better work together.
Learners can return to a comparison at any time, such as when things get tense or before beginning a new project with others in their organization.
Your groups on Catalyst
The comparison options on Catalyst go one step beyond one-on-one comparisons. Learners can also create their own groups to see how the group is likely to function.
There’s a Your groups (PDF) activity facilitators can use with groups to highlight what they can learn from this section.
Comparison reports and the Your colleagues section on Catalyst are excellent tools to use when onboarding employees, building or restoring relationships, improving communication, and preventing unproductive conflicts.