Extended DISC, what's it all about?

Extended DISC, what's it all about?

A Brief History of DISC

The Extended DISC® is based on the original four quadrant DISC behavioural model developed by psychologist William Moulton-Marston, who in turn had based his work on another renown psychologist - Carl G Jung.

Jukka Sappinen, a recruitment and organisational development consultant from Finland, further refined the original DISC model into the Extended DISC® system it is today between 1991 - 1994. His work enabled the development of a fool-proof system that ensured the accuracy of the resulting reports, and went on to develop a range of Extended DISC® tools that an entire organisation could use to solve all their HR problems.

How Extended DISC® is used

The Extended DISC® suite of tools have been used extensively in business for many years as a psychometric assessment aid to determine a persons true behavioural type. Understanding a persons behavioural type is particularly handy information to know, because if you can determine an individuals natural behaviour then you can know in advance how that person will fit in with their role in the business.

Consider this simple example - if a particular person who had a natural affinity to being around people, socializing, and generally loves to talk, then finding a position in a company that encourages those abilities would suit their needs quite well. As a consequence they would likely thrive in their role.

On the other hand if that same person where required to do the same role but be in an environment where they were also required to spend large amounts of time on their own doing paper work and organising finer details, then they may struggle and possibly perform sub-standard work. As a consequence they wouldn't enjoy their job very much.

In such a case it would be better to employ someone who had the natural abilities to handle both roles. But finding out if they could do that during a normal interview process may be challenging to get a totally truthful response. It may even be that the person themselves don't know if they could handle such a dual role until they tried it.

But employing them and waiting for 3-6 months to find out is a waste of time, money, and resources. The Extended DISC® reports can give you a quicker, more accurate way to find out, through the use of its sophisticated psychometric questionnaire.

This is handy knowledge to have not only for businesses but individuals as well, because knowing what a persons personality type is allows for better job matching, faster career development, and lower staff turnover.

For the individual, discovering your true personal profile offers the opportunity for personal development and growth, both in the workplace and life in general. Individuals develop a deeper sense of self-confidence and certainty through knowing what their real strengths are and how they can develop strategies to overcome and improve on specific challenges they face daily in their job. This in turn not only benefits the person but the business as well.

For the company, the Extended Disc® assessments can be used as a stand alone HR performance management system for individuals, teams, or the organisation as a whole. It stands to reason that if people are the backbone of your business, then helping them to improve their understanding of themselves and how they interact with the world around them will lead directly to greater productivity, higher job satisfaction, and ultimately, increased profits for the company.

The Certified Extended DISC Consultants at Talent Tools are available to discuss DISC and its benefits with you, please contact us for a no-obligation chat about how Extended DISC® can help you, your business, and your employees. Call 61 7 3103 0177 or email us now.

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