I recently took another one of those Personality Profile things (kind of like the Meyers-Briggs test). This one is called the DISC assessment. Have you ever taken it? It’s like a four quadrant thing. DISC is an acronym for:
- Dominance – relating to control, power and assertiveness
- Influence – relating to social situations and communication
- Steadiness (submission in Marston’s time) – relating to patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness
- Conscientiousness (or caution, compliance in Marston’s time) – relating to structure and organization
My result came back as a D-C. They call this combination a ‘Designer’. Here is what my report says that means:
Jeremy is a fact finder and does things “by the book”. He clarifies expectations before undertaking new projects, and he works hard to meet standards. He can be sensitive if others are being critical of his work, especially if they have not carefully reviewed all the data. Jeremy will typically maintain a neat and orderly work environment.
Jeremy is motivated by his ability to lead groups and influence others around him. He is someone who takes the responsibility of leadership seriously when it is given to him, and is typically able to make important decisions without delay. He exudes confidence and others respond to Jeremy’s natural ability to be a front-runner. Others see Jeremy as a versatile person whom they rely upon to break up monotonous or routine situations. He tends to be individualistic, and may sometimes prefer to do things outside of the team. Jeremy may even be perceived as “restless”, since he tends to move quickly from one thing to the next.
Jeremy usually avoids being the center of attention. He tends to pick his friends carefully and is usually cautious and not overly “open” to strangers. Jeremy may sometimes come across as being skeptical of what others tell him they will do, but
once a person has proven their reliability, Jeremy is willing to invest more time and trust in the relationship.”
Except for the sentence above (which I applied a strike through effect on), I feel that this description is pretty accurate. Here is more from the report:
Brief Description of your Style:
Designers are extremely task-oriented people who are sensitive to problems. They care more about the task at hand than the people who are around them, and how they feel about it. They are very determined and have an approach to thinking that allows for effective problem solving. Because of their driven nature and desire for tangible results, Designers often come across as unfeeling and cool. They make decisions based on facts, not on emotions. They tend to be quiet and do not trust easily. Designers often have high intelligence and are very analytical. They expect techniques used to be fact-based and reject “quick fixes”. They adhere to commitments, and expect the same of others. They are competitive by nature and will use facts to help them win. Quality is extremely important, and they feel that if a job is not done right, it should not be done at all. Accuracy and precision are imperative in their work, and high standards are maintained in the Developer’s personal life as well. Because they feel that they are the only one that can do a job right, Designers will sometimes get bogged down and not allow others to help. They want all the facts and will work hard to get them. Reserved by nature, they need to be sensitive to the needs of those around them. While they feel that they are the only ones to do a job correctly, others may see them as not being able to make decisions. This is because they take extensive time and efforts to make sure they do it right.
Again, this isn’t 100% representative of me, but I would say it’s awfully darn close!
So – have you ever done a DISC assessment? What did you learn? Did you feel the results were pretty accurate?