Understanding an Unusual DISC Graph

A report comes back with an unplaceable result, what does that mean, and how can you approach it?

There are two kinds of unusual and unplaceable graphs, Over Shift and Tight.  They can be found on both the natural and adapted graphs, and it is important to understand what caused them.Unusual Graphs

Dig deeper to understand the types of unusual graphs and help your client make the right decisions while developing an employee, while identifying possible red flags.

Unusual Graph 1 (Adapted)

An over shift or tight pattern in Graph I, the Adapted Graph, may be caused by the following reasons:

  • Attempting to outsmart the instrument.
  • Trying to be an overachiever.
  • Over-analyzing by taking too long to respond.
  • Being new to the job and not understanding the behavior required to be successful.
  • Transition from one environment to another.
  • Inability to understand the adjectives.

Unusual patterns in Graph I are usually temporary. Having the person respond to the instrument again with a proper focus will usually produce the proper graph. Also, a person new to the job needs to wait a few weeks before responding to the second instrument so they have the opportunity to determine the correct work behavior.


Unusual Graph 2 (Natural)

An over shift or tight pattern in Graph II can be caused by a person who is:

  • Attempting to outsmart the instrument
  • Over-analyzing by taking too long to respond
  • Experiencing a significant emotional event or a personal trauma (tight graph only)
  • Under pressure to “be all things to all people” (over shift graph only)
  • -Inability to understand the adjectives

When an unusual pattern appears in Graph II, ask questions to determine if the person understood the questionnaire and had an ideal setting to take the questionnaire. If the person was interrupted or had trouble completing the questionnaire, ask the person to retake the assessment. Then if the same pattern appears, it should be taken seriously. This person is most likely experiencing discomfort, which can have a direct effect on performance.


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