Extended DISC ® is a suite of scientifically validated, online assessments used by thousands of organizations world wide.
Extended DISC® is designed to provide decision-makers with information about individuals; their behavioral style, strengths, development areas, skills, opinions, perceptions and expectations.
Extended DISC measures the unconscious behavior and compares it with the conscious adjusted behavioral style, allowing the measurement of emotions. It goes way beyond regular DISC in this regard. We can then look at the emotions being communicated by the respondent at the time of completion of the questionnaire, such as stress levels, uncertainty of his/her role, insecurity, frustration, pressure to change etc. It also enables the report to define the influence of the present environment on the respondent’s motivation as far as certain needs are concerned. This is vital information both for the individual and the organization.
Extended DISC assumes that an individual has reaction modes for all behavior styles, of which he or she prefers some more than others. Recognizing some 160 different styles, Extended DISC allows an individual to be more flexible and dynamic (adapting) in his or her behavior. Other DISC based programs assume an individual is either a feeling or thinking type, recognizing only four styles. Even Myers-Briggs, one of the best known assessment systems around, recognizes only 16 different styles
Extended DISC is extremely difficult to cheat. DISC programs can (and often are) answered by the respondent in the way they believe their potential employer would like them to answer. This is because in the other DISC programs, the emphasis is on the conscious adjusted behavioral style. We know when someone has tried to beat the system. The report will be either invalid, show mirror profiles, show a tight Profile II or show an over-shift in Profiles. There is no way of knowing when a simple DISC report is inaccurate.
Profile II illustrates a person’s natural response to an external stimulus. It is the behavioral style that takes the least energy and effort, requires the least amount of concentration and is usually the most pleasant to the individual. It is possible to define action and thinking models to a person’s natural behavioral style by using Profile II. Any significant and large changes in it usually mean significant events and changes in the immediate environment of the individual. These are forcing him or her to seek new ways to cope.
Profile I illustrates how the person feels they want/need to adjust their behavior to cope with the requirements of the present environment. Profile I demonstrates the individual’s conscious understanding of oneself and one’s own behavior in the present situation (conscious self image).
It is a behavioral style that takes the least energy and effort, requires the least amount of concentration, and is usually the most pleasant to the individual. It illustrates the reaction mode that the person uses to naturally react and is most frequently exhibited outwardly in one’s behavior.
By comparing these two profiles we can tell whether a person has tried to answer the questions the way they believe the interviewer wants them to appear, we can tell whether there is a key feeling of uncertainty or lack of clarity, whether the person feels insecure or whether a person is frustrated. We can even interpret a key feeling of helplessness and again whether a person is under pressure. We can tell whether a person feels the need to adjust, the amount they feel the need to adjust, and whether that adjustment is likely to lead to stress in the long haul.
The text bank is significantly larger than competitors. Indeed the text bank enables 228,383,696 totally different text pages to be generated. Our competition, at best, can create around 200 different texts. The style and format is concise and contains easy to understand graphic illustrations. Users can be trained to understand the more complex interpretation of the reports in a few hours.
A good understanding of the main behavioral styles is essential in using Extended DISC® assessments. Once the user has gained this understanding, it is very easy to apply this knowledge to numerous applications. Using a map analogy, once an individual learns to read maps, it is possible to look at any map in any part of the world and find one’s way around. The same is true with Extended DISC® Diamond.
Extended DISC® Diamond is based on the 4Q Model and the four behavioral traits. Each of the different combinations of the four behavioral traits has its position on the Diamond.
The Extended DISC® Diamond allows the system to identify 160 behavioral styles. The identification of this many styles will allow more accurate and meaningful behavioral assessments. In everyday, practical applications we use four main behavioral styles.