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How Does The Team Dimensions 2.0 Profile Work? – Part I

Rowing Shows TeamworkThe Team Dimensions 2.0 Profile identifies four distinct approaches to thinking and behavioral styles among people involved in a team process.  It is used for team development.  The four approaches are:

  • Conceptual Approach – People who take a Conceptual Approach like to come up with new ideas.  They’re good at exploring alternatives and discussing concepts when presented with a problem or an opportunity.
  • Spontaneous Approach – People who take the Spontaneous Approach want freedom from constraint.  They tend to move from one subject to another, focusing on many things at once and sometimes showing impatience.
  • Normative Approach – People who take a Normative Approach prefer to put ideas in a familiar context.  They tend to let their past experience guide them, and they like to see the consequences before they act.
  • Methodical Approach – People who take a Methodical Approach prefer order and rationality.  When presented with a problem or opportunity, they tend to follow a step-by-step process, examining the details and carefully considering things before acting.

Typically, people tend to use two or more Approaches when working on a team.  The integration of approaches defines the roles of team members.  This information helps team development and the creation of a stronger and more cohesive team.

Part II of this post will discuss the identification of the Four Basic Roles shown in the results of the Team Dimensions 2.0 Profile.

The DiSC Profile Dimensions of Behavior Model.

DiSC Model OneDiSC Model Two

The DiSC Dimensions of Behavior Model stresses that no Dimension of Behavior or DiSC Classic Profile Pattern is better than any other and that all individuals use all four Dimensions of Behavior in varying degrees.  DiSC Profiles offer a self-assessment of an individual’s own behavioral style in a specific environment called a response focus.

This means that an individual is assessing his or her behavioral style with a specific focus like work, a relationship, or social situation.  The instrument is based on the respondent’s own perception of themselves without feedback from others.  This self-report format has gained wide acceptance because of its face validity.

The instrument provides them with feedback that describes their behavioral style in their selected focus.  It is more difficult to say, “This is not me,” when the individual is the only one who has responded to the 28 forced-choice items, it is easier to reject the results when they are based on input from others.  DiSC Classic Profile is self-scoring and provides immediate feedback.

Many users say they find the Online DiSC Classic 2.0 Profile to be better packaged, more user-friendly, and more easily presented than other learning tools because of its self-scoring format, immediately usable interpretation, and Classical Profile Pattern interpretive information.

Do I Need DiSC® Certification Training to Use DiSC Profiles?

This is a question we are often asked.  The simple answer is: No, you do not need the have DiSC Certification Training!

We always tell people asking this question that the profile respondents are considered the experts on themselves and the instruments are self-scored and self-interpreted.  There are no other educational requirements.

Our Everything DiSC Facilitation and Training Kits are available to those who wish to expand their self-taught knowledge on the use of the instrument as a trainer, counselor, or consultant. They come ready to use jammed with training materials

They are self-training kits and have everything you need to take your DiSC Training to a broader audience.

Everything DiSC Trainer Certification

For those that are ready to take their DiSC Knowledge to the next level we have DiSC Certification.

We have a two (2) Two-Day Everything DiSC Trainer Certification Training classes are taught in Minneapolis, MN by Inscape Publishing, the publisher of DiSC:

Full descriptions of the certification classes are provided by clicking on the links above.

How To Use DiSC® Profiles

How To Use DiSC ProfilesDiSC Profiles have broad applicability for individuals and organizations and are cost-effective, flexible resources that can be easily incorporated into a variety of training programs including:

  • Team-building
  • Increasing productivity
  • Delivering better Customer service
  • Improve Selling skills
  • Management training
  • Individual and Group Empowerment
  • Developing Superior Communication skills
  • Increase Problem-solving skills
  • Decision-making improvement
  • Self-awareness and personal development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Conflict resolution
  • Career counseling

A DiSC Profile can be built into self-study and classroom curricula.  Uses range from one-time offerings for building personal awareness to ongoing training in the areas mentioned above.

For additional information and a Video see:  How to Use DiSC Profiles.

What are DiSC® Profiles?

DiSC ProfilesDiSC Profiles are based on the research by Dr. William Marston and are focused on one’s preferred behavioral tendencies.  He devised a system to understand and describe human behavioral styles.  Dr. Marston based his model on two perceptions:  the environment as favorable or unfavorable and the person as more or less powerful than the environment.  The DiSC Model divides behavior into four distinct dimensions:  Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness (DiSC).  The DiSC Classic Profile is based on William Moulton Marston’s two-axis, four-dimensional model.

DiSC Classic and other Popular DiSC Profiles and DiSC Assessments are self-administered, self-scoring and self-interpreting instruments designed to help adults understand themselves and others.  It is one of the most successful and widely used personal and professional development instruments.  DiSC Products are the leading edge approach to improve performance, and deal more effectively with conflict and value differences.

Using the research-based DiSC model, DiSC Classic Profile helps you better understand why you act the way you do.  It is not a test, there are no right or wrong answers, no good or bad results, and no behavior style is better than another.  DiSC products give people the chance to learn about themselves, value differences in others and map their own ways to improved communication, fewer conflicts, top performance, career growth and personal satisfaction.

DiSC Products can help your group communicate better and focus on issues rather than personality conflicts.  One of the greatest benefits of DiSC Products is a common language for talking about feelings, thoughts and behavior in language that is objective and nonjudgmental—describing what is, not what should be.  Group understanding fosters cooperation, acceptance and trust—keys to top performance.

Versions of DiSC Products are available in Paper and Online Web-based (online via EPIC) forms; in word or phrase input formats; and for youth and adults separately.