Identify Stress using DISC

Stress in individuals can be seen in three ways using a DISC assessment. It is important for an individual to understand the importance of recognizing the three methods for recognizing stress and knowing what to do based upon the signal in the graphs.

There are three signs or signals that stress is a high probability using the DISC assessment report graphs. Here are the three signals…

Three Signs of Stress

  1. The three signs of stress using a DISC report are the following:The Adapted Graph has all four core element points above the mid-line ( 51% or greater on all four points). In this situation an individual is attempting to be all things to all people and stress will be high. It is important for the individual to learn what is really expected regarding results and outcomes and who are they accountable to is equally important. Usually this individual is trying too hard to make everyone happy and is actually making few people happy due to the stress impacting their results.
  2. The “C’ element rises over 25 points above their natural C. This individual is trying to play by others rules so they don’t get fired. Another way of looking at this situation is the individual is playing not to lose rather than win. The actual results is more in line with low performance and low levels of motivation and energy. This event can be created by several sources including the person’s manager demanding they follow the manager’s rules to the T, or a person is mismatched to their job thus is very unhappy and demotivated.
  3. The entire Adapted graph is opposite of the Natural graph (Graph 1 compared to Graph 2). This situation is all about a person being mismatched to a job. They are putting on a behavioral mask every day as they go to work. Now here is the problem – these individuals are expected to perform well using their natural weaknesses all day to be successful. Very stressful for any individual to maintain for the long term and will usually lead to them quitting. My experience has shown an eighteen to twenty-four month window and they are gone – either fired or they leave to find a job that fits they style.

There you have the three signals of high stress in individuals. The important point regarding all three situations is to talk to the individual and learn the cause of the stress. Most of the time it can be resolved and stress is reduced.

The only expectation to this statement is when a person is totally mismatched to a job. However, it will explain why some people begin looking for a new position within the company after they get hired. They are looking for a better match whether the company is helping or not. This situation should never happen with the tools available today.

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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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