Everything DiSC® can help!

Have you ever wondered why some people just don’t get you? Or ever thought “I can’t even begin to know what my boss needs…Even when I ask her, I still don’t know.”

Most of us have felt that way at one time or another! The good news is there’s a simple tool designed to help you understand yourself AND other people better.  Everything DiSC® helps you build more effective working relationships based on an understanding of four different behavioral styles.”

Everything DiSC is not a test, it’s a personality assessment. This research-validated model helps you understand yourself and others, saving you time, energy, and money. Better employee communication means greater efficiency and improved productivity on both individual and company levels.

Everything DiSC is the best DiSC personality assessment available.


What is DiSC?

DiSC is a very simple—and memorable—model made up of four basic styles: D, i, S, and C.

Everyone is a blend of all four DiSC styles—but usually one, two, or sometimes even three styles stand out.  Understanding your own preferred style(s)—and those of others—allows you to harness the value of this information for better workplace communication AND healthier and more effective organizations. (And who doesn’t want that?!).

There is no perfect or preferred style, as is sometimes the case with other personality assessments.  The model helps identify each person’s unique behavior profile, honoring the different styles and priorities of each.

Seems simple, right? It is. But it’s not simplistic. Here’s why:

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the publishers of Everything DiSC®, has been researching and analyzing DiSC for over 40 years—in fact, their DiSC® Classic Paper Profile was the first DiSC assessment EVER! (You’ll always know it’s the original, research-supported DiSC by the signature lower-cased “i” in DiSC.)

As technology has evolved, DiSC has too. Online DiSC assessments now use the most advanced assessment method (adaptive testing) and sophisticated algorithms to quickly analyze a person’s responses and provide the most personalized DiSC feedback possible. And it only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

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Getting to know Everything DiSC®

How it Works

If you participate in a DiSC program, you’ll be asked to complete a series of online questions that produce a detailed report about your personality and behavior. You’ll also receive tips related to working with people of other styles.

What You’ll Gain

The Everything DiSC® suite of products, published by Wiley, provides rich, versatile learning programs that offer personal insight for individuals at every level of an organization, using a consistent language.

The DiSC profile is a non-judgemental personal development assessment that measures an individual’s tendencies and priorities. It is designed to support an individual’s understanding of his or her work-related behaviors, the behaviors of others, and how to apply this knowledge in work situations.

The DiSC® model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors with others — within a work team, a sales relationship, a leadership position, or other relationships.

DiSC profiles help you and your team:

  • Increase your self-knowledge: what motivates you, what causes you stress, how you approach problems, and how you resolve conflict;
  • Improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members;
  • Facilitate better teamwork and resolve conflict productively;
  • Develop stronger customer service and sales skills by accurately identifying and responding to customer styles; and
  • Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members.

Is Everything DiSC® right for you?

Employing DiSC in your organization can help you accomplish a multitude of important objectives including…

Everything DiSC® vs DISC

The Everything DiSC® assessments outshines other DISC tools available in the marketplace in significant ways, including:

Transformational learning.

Everything DiSC focuses on the complete learning process, offering solutions that learners can easily understand and apply in their daily interactions. Only Everything DiSC goes beyond the classroom with MyEverythingDiSC®, a personalized mobile-first tool that helps learners use DiSC with their colleagues.

Why Everything DiSC® is the best DISC tool

  • The only research-validated DISC model;
  • Unlimited access to complementary follow-up reports;
  • Provides a common language to help teams understand one another and work better together;
  • Acts as a springboard for conversation and team building;
  • Improves employee and workplace communication;
  • Helps you to understand people who aren’t like you…or are too much like you; and
  • Gives you tools for resolving conflict and avoiding misunderstandings.

A Unique Interactive Learning Portal

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Exclusive to the Everything DiSC® product suite, this interactive learning portal adds value to any organization using Everything DiSC solutions.  Individuals can access valuable and actionable DiSC insights 24/7 from anywhere on any device.

MyEverythingDiSC enables a revolutionary new level of self-directed learning. This interactive site allows learners to dig deeper into not only their own style, but also the styles of their coworkers. Taking the proven power of Comparison Reports one step further, learners can better understand things like:

  • Why do I have so much difficulty with certain people?
  • Why are some parts of my job so stressful for me?
  • What can I do to turn this relationship around?

Whether learners want to dig deep into DiSC research and theory or build their working relationships through Comparison Reports, MyEverythingDiSC provides powerful, personalized tools and resources. This interactive online learning portal provides individual learners with unlimited access to on-demand insights about Everything DiSC.  Learners can:

  • Access their DiSC profile anytime, with any device;
  • Compare their DiSC style with their colleagues and explore similarities and differences;
  • Learn more about how their DiSC style impacts workplace relationships and productivity;
  • Deepen their understanding of the theory and research behind Everything DiSC;
  • Create Customer Interaction Maps for improving sales relationships (Exclusive to Everything DiSC Sales); and
  • Build better working relationships through effective communication tips.


More about Everything DiSC®

Who created DISC?

Dr. William Marston, a physiological psychologist, who shared it in his book Emotions of Normal People, published in 1928. He did not create an assessment instrument from his theory. However, based on his model, others have created DISC assessments. That’s why you might discover other DISC tests in the marketplace.

Look for the trademarked lowercase i in DiSC® to be sure you’re looking at the assessment tool researched, validated, and published by Wiley.

DiSC theory

Although DiSC describes four styles, the model is fundamentally two-dimensional. These two dimensions reflect fundamental aspects of human nature and can be viewed as independent constructs.

Vertical Level of Activiy

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The vertical dimension is best described as level of activity, ranging from active to thoughtful. People with DiSC styles at the top of the circle tend to be fast-paced and are often described as assertive, dynamic, and bold. Traditional explanations of the model suggest that these people perceive themselves as more powerful than the environment. Because of this perception, they tend to exert effort to change their circumstances. Conversely, people with styles that fall toward the bottom of the circle tend to be more moderate paced and are often described as calm, methodical, and careful. Traditionally, these people are thought to perceive themselves as less powerful than the environment, and thus they are more inclined to adapt to existing circumstances.

Horizontal Level of Acceptance

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The horizontal dimension runs from questioning to accepting. People with DiSC styles that fall toward the left side of the circle are naturally more skeptical in nature and are often described as logic-focused, objective, and challenging. A traditional explanation of these characteristics is that these people see the environment as antagonistic. In other words, they instinctively withhold trust from people and ideas until those outside elements can be thoroughly vetted. On the other hand, people with styles on the right side of the circle are naturally more receptive in nature and are often described as people-focused, empathizing, and agreeable. Traditionally, they are said to see the environment as being aligned with their interests. In essence, they are biased to see the people and ideas around them as favorable and are thus inclined to trust them.

4 quadrants of DiSC
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The D (Dominance) style is active and questioning. This describes people who are direct, forceful, and outspoken with their opinions.

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The i (Influence) style is active and accepting. This describes people who are outgoing, enthusiastic, and lively.

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The S (Steadiness) style is thoughtful and accepting. This describes people who are gentle, accommodating, and patient with others’ mistakes.

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The C (Conscientiousness) style is thoughtful and questioning. This describes people who are analytical, reserved, and precise.

Although the DiSC dimensions form four distinct styles, it is probably more useful to think of the DiSC circle in continuous terms. Consider that each of the four styles blend into their neighboring styles much the same way that colors blend into one another on the color wheel. Red and yellow are distinct colors, but they both blend to form a new color, orange. In the same way, the D and i styles are distinct, but the space between them on the circle represents an equally distinct set of traits. For instance, people with a Di style are more likely than people with the D style to describe themselves as daring and convincing. A person with an iD style is more likely than someone with the i style to describe himself as charismatic and dynamic. In both cases, these two styles (Di and iD) share something with the D and i styles, but they also have characteristics that differentiate them from those singular styles.

You may also notice that when discussing DiSC, we go out of our way to say “a person with the D style” rather than simply calling someone a “D”. This subtle difference in language is meant to mitigate the natural temptation to pigeonhole people. Although a person with the D style predominantly demonstrates D traits, she has elements of the other four styles in her as well. For example, it is likely that she is quite capable of patiently listening to a coworker describe his hurt feelings, even though this is more of an S quality.

The idea of stretch

The continuous nature of the DiSC circle also helps people understand the idea of “stretch.” It is helpful to think of your style as your home base or comfort zone. Someone with a C style may be very comfortable working alone on analytical projects that require accuracy. At times, however, this person may be called on to mingle with strangers at a professional function. In this case, the person is being asked to stretch across the circle toward the i style. Now, someone with the C style who has a dot close to the center of the circle will probably find this mingling distasteful, but manageable. On the other hand, someone with a C style whose dot is located on the edge of the circle is more likely to find this mingling highly stressful. In the second case, the person has had to travel farther outside their comfort zone, and that will require more energy. So, as a general rule, people with dots located close to the center usually have a somewhat easier time adopting foreign DiSC styles when the situation calls for it. People whose dots are on the edge of the circle may have to stretch more (and experience more stress) if they want to adopt another style. On the other hand, because these people have more pronounced DiSC styles, those styles are often accompanied by some very distinct strengths.

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