Beware of the Single Assessment Report

While it is true for specific assessments to identify certain traits possessed by individuals, one assessment does NOT supply you will all the information about an individuals strengths and weaknesses. So beware of over generalization when you are using only one assessment report – like a DISC report.

While a DISC report will give you critical information about an individual regarding “How” a person goes about doing things in their life, these traits can be somewhat over-ridden by strong traits found in other reports.

A case in point, recently I was working with a person who had a DISC report reflecting a very high D on both the Graph I and Graph II sections for their report. However, the individual denied being a high D person and disputed all the identified traits within their report. The interesting thing about this action was relative to the four separate assessments and corresponding reports contained within the one report.

The individual only focused upon the behavioral or DISC section of the report and failed to look at the balance of the assessments taken – which contained the answer to why the individual felt the “Report was not accurate.” The facts are evident, the individual took the assessments, the assessments have one of the highest validity and correlation percentages within the industry and the individual how already demonstrated D behavior in objecting to the accuracy of the report and demanding it be “thrown away and not shared with anyone.”

Other factors included the individual has had a highly successful career – jumping from project to project, one challenge after another, and likes to be in control of situations. (Sounds like a D to me – how about you?) Oh, yes, the other two reports showed a very high quality person capable of balanced thought with People, Tasks and Systems. Also possessed high competency scores in 24 competencies measured in the fourth report.

What the person was ignoring was the additional reports and the intensity and uniqueness of motivators. This individual was ignoring the power of personal motivators and their impact on choices and decisions AND some behavioral traits. The motivators had little support to the behavioral style and in fact, were aligned to confront or oppose the basic behavioral style.

The reason for the disconnect about the behavioral style was the focus placed upon the wording of the report – written for a very high D – and therefore the language of the text was harsh and direct. Yet, for an individual who possessed an extreme drive for form and harmony in their life this report did not argue with their self-image.  The pattern of the motivators plus the intensity of the pattern scores showed a natural tendency to soften a behavioral high D person. Thus, the disconnect.

The key thing for you to remember when debriefing or reading assessment reports is to understand the following…

  • Every individual is unique
  • There are multiple sources impacting their behavior and attitudes
  • Intensity levels can influence the level of behaviors actually seen by others.
  • Whenever possible you should have a minimum of two reports (I prefer to have a DISC and Motivator Report or the How and Why)
  • Never generalize unless you have multiple assessments giving you a clearer understanding of the total person.

My final nugget for this section is to use validated assessments using the most current norms ( for Generational Accuracy ) and then learn how to apply the information for each individual. You must be able to trust your assessments to give you accurate information from each person so you can accurately apply the combinations with an individual in a positive and helpful manner.

Contact us if you are concerned about the validity or accurate of the assessment reports you are currently using. And, if you have government contracts then you need to be certain your assessments are in compliance with the 80% Rule regarding Diversity Scores.

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Voss Graham

Sr Business Advisor / CEO at InnerActive Consulting Group Inc
Your Knowledgeable Partner for Business Success and Achievement. Dedicated to helping others get to their next level of success. Award winning business advisor; coach to executives and business owners; Business Growth Strategist; and experienced using assessments for hiring & selection, evaluation of teams and improving communication. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.
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Voss Graham

Your Knowledgeable Partner for Business Success and Achievement. Dedicated to helping others get to their next level of success. Award winning business advisor; coach to executives and business owners; Business Growth Strategist; and experienced using assessments for hiring & selection, evaluation of teams and improving communication. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.

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