I completed my DISC profile last week, and I spent some time reviewing the information.
I wanted to share my experiance with everyone on the board.
I will start by saying that it is well worth the small investment (both money and time) to complete the profile. It is almost scary how accurately the tool describes me. Most of the observations are dead on, and the ones I feel miss the mark are those where I have already identified the behaviour and have made my own improvements.
Completing the profile:
When starting to fill out the profile, watch out for the "Example" page. Once you fill out your information, the system shows you an "Example" page with instructions and an example of how the following screens will look. I missed the words "Example" and kept trying to click the radio buttons, and click the links for definitions. Mike was able to set me straight on this.
Before you start actually selecting which terms describe you most/least, make sure you are in a working frame of mind. While I tried to do this, I realized after a few questions that I was answering based on how I act around home. It was a little eye opening to me to realize how differently I act at work vs. with my friends.
I found choosing the most/least words pretty difficult, and I needed to view each definition to make sure I understood the meaning. I also had to constantly remind myself to choose how I currently am, not how I would like to be.
Filling the whole profile took less than 15 minutes. Results are given to you instantly.
Reviewing the results:
The report you get at the end is very comprehensive. I was surprised by the result of the profile, identifying me as a High D (6-3-4-3). When listening to the DISC podcasts, I tried to determine my own profile, and I would have thought I had more "I" in me. But the detailed analysis was dead on, so I guess I was wrong.
I really appreciated how the report goes into detail on how you scored in each DISC dimension, and what adjectives describe you the most. It also shows you how each of the adjectives can be both a strength and a weakness. In fact the information is good enough to help me start compiling the list of my strengths and weaknesses to help prepare me for interviews (and answer the weakness question).
Having additional information on the DISC model, and showing other typical patterns will be very useful in applying DISC to my relationships at work and at home.
I am very pleased with the overall results, and I would recommend that everyone invest in this profile.
DISC: 6-3-4-3 "Developer"