The Innermetrix DISC Index™ Test
The Innermetrix DISC Index™ (DI) is the latest interpretation of Dr. William Marston’s foundational work in the field of behavioural science. Research conducted by Innermetrix shows that the most successful people share the common trait of self-awareness.
Self-aware individuals recognize the situations that will make them successful, and this makes it easy for them to find ways of achieving objectives that fit their behavioural style. They also understand their limitations and where they are not effective; this helps them understand where not to go or how not to be.
Those who understand their natural behavioural preferences are far more likely to pursue the right opportunities, in the right way, at the right time, and get the results they desire.
This report measures four dimensions of your behavioural style.
This information will help you to better understand your unique behavioural strengths and tendencies, and help you to become more effective in several key areas of your life, including:
- Interpersonal communication
- Intrapersonal communication
- Goal setting
- Role building
- Job selection
- Performance management
Do Not Be Fooled – This Is Not Your Run-of-the-mill Personality Test
You can find a lot of personality tests, DISC tests, and business profiles out there – some for free. However, none of those tests come close to the accuracy of the complete Innermetrix profile. More importantly, none of those test results are interpreted for you by Dr. Russ Irwin, a Ph.D. in Psychology and Master’s in Behavioural Sciences.
Russ Irwin’s interpretation of your test results is an experience like no other, completely unique. Anyone can tell you “what you do”. Not just anyone can help you understand why you do it, and, how to change it to reach your dreams. Clients are frequently deeply moved by their debrief with Russ, calling the experience “cathartic”.
For those who are serious about peak performance, this is the first step in the journey to uncovering what is blocking you from success.
Four Behavioural Style Dimensions
Decisive/Dominance Dimension: Your Preference for Problem Solving and Getting Results
People with high decisiveness tendencies have a clear picture in their mind of what results they want. Their actions or messages are designed to promote that idea and get others to capitulate or support those results. They are attentive to actions or communication that will speed up those results.
Questions about the “correct” action are not as important as questions about “why” the end result should be – details of how and why are less important because they already know what they want.
These individuals believe in their ability to change the course of actions in their world.
Interactive/Influencing Dimension: Your Preference for Interacting with Others and Showing Emotion
People with high influencing tendencies also want to shape and mould events, and have an active voice in that process. Their actions or messages are also designed to promote that idea and get others to support those results, but they tend to do so by working with or through people.
They are interested in people and like to interact with others, understand others, and be understood by others. They are particularly attentive to the personal needs of others. Like the Decisives, questions about “how” or details are not as important as the big picture they seek to persuade others to.
Stability/Submission: Your Preference for Pacing, Persistence, and Steadiness
People with high stabilizing tendencies are more passive, introverted, and interested in the “how” and “why” – a product orientation. Their primary interests are in maintaining stability within themselves and the situation.
Messages that don’t address the specifics or champion radical change without considered thought are not well received.
Cautious/Compliance: Your Preference for Procedures, Standards, and Protocols
People with high cautiousness tendencies are also more passive and introverted. They take a product orientation, asking for specific reasons behind changes and supporting data to back up the decision to change.
“Why” is a favourite question. They are very concerned for doing things “accurately.” They are receptive to messages that reassure them they are doing it correctly
Main Summary Graph of a DISC Index
Natural versus Adaptive Graphs
According to Dr. Marston, each person has two behavioural styles: how they naturally tend to behave (natural style) and how they think they should modify their natural tendencies while being observed (adaptive style).
The Natural Graph
The Natural Graph depicts the natural self or how people cope with the environment under stress or pressure. It is how a person would prefer to behave if they were allowed to be themselves. Ideally, the dimensional levels represented by the natural graph would be well aligned with the person’s environment – allowing them to be as authentic as possible.
The Adaptive Graph
The Adaptive Graph reflects how people act in order to meet the expectations of others in their present environment. More correctly, this is how they perceive they must change to better fit their environment. One way to look at the Adaptive Graph is as the “role” that people behaviourally assume when attempting to meet what they feel are the expectations of others or their surroundings.
If the natural and adaptive graphs are nearly the same, the person is not assuming any “role” or feeling as if they need to change who they are. They are basically saying, “This is who I am and that’s just fine.”
If the two graphs differ significantly, the person feels considerable need or pressure to change their behaviour. The impetus for change can come from either internal or external sources (e.g. what others have told you or your own internal desire to be something else).