Stop Using Graph Three Now!

As an old DISC user, I have run across situations whereby a “certified DISC trainer” was using the Graph Three information to coach or teach DISC to people.

BAD  DISC  TRAINER! 🙂 (Interesting question – who certifies the person who certifies others? )

This is one of the things that makes our life interesting – the rules change and someone missed the change. It does happen and the only ones who get the raw deal are the individuals being taught something that is not true or current.

Again, many years ago – about 25 years to be exact – DISC trainers were being certified to teach people how to use the outstanding art and science of behavioral styles using a Graph Three. In fact, some of my original DISC reports had a graph three option.

Then, someone – a PHD – researched and found the Graph Three was an invalid element within the DISC format. Now, Graph I (adapted style) and Graph II (Natural Style) are very valid and helpful in determining the “How” are person does the things they do everyday.

Yet, I have run into Leadership Teams who were trained on the old Graph Three versions – who felt the DISC system was not very helpful since they (or one of the key decision makers) felt little to no connection to the DISC information. This was totally due to using the Graph Three – which I label as the Politically Correct or Average Style information rather than the exact information needed for individuals to understand and use this wonderful tool.

Therefore, if you are one of the Graph Three trainers – I would suggest it is time to get certified on the right way to use the DISC tool. And, if you find yourself in a situation whereby someone discusses the DISC as a useless tool – ask them two questions…

  1. Were you taught DISC using the Graph Three?
    This could be the reason for the lack of related interest in using the assessment. Advise them about research has shown that graph was not accurate, yet, the newest DISC tools can extremely accurate, predictive and helpful to them and their team of direct reports.
  2. Were you using a current DISC assessment with a validation norm more recent than 2003?
    Many of the DISC assessments available today are old and outdated relative to their norms and validation. Check to be certain the DISC assessment tool you are looking to use has an expressed NORM with a recent date. Personally the ones we use normed to 2011 and are highly accurate with validity studies which support the accuracy statement.

There you have it. Don’t lose customers, internal clients or management support due to using the wrong or outdated DISC tools. Stay current (major benefit is due to the rising number of Y Generation people who are different from the Boomers) and help people understand the importance of behavioral style in our daily lives – at work and at home.

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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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