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Are you a DIC…?

or are you a DI…?

or even a S?

What do these letters even stand for?

These letters are part of the acronym, DiSC. DiSC is a personal assessment tool that both employers and employees use to improve work productivity, encourage teamwork, and improve communication. While there are many personality assessment tools available, DiSC is one that is often discussed in meetings, interviews, and administrative environments.

But since not everyone is familiar with these terms, we wanted to give you a cliff notes version, so unlike Joey Tribiani, you are truly knowledgeable about these topics!

The acronym "DISC" is taken from the first letter of each of these behavioral traits. Categorization as a D, I, S, or C is achieved through answering a short multiple-choice quiz designed to measure an individual’s natural responses in a variety of circumstances. The results of the quiz are used to create a personalized DISC Personality Profile, providing insight into a wide range of DISC Personality Traits and motivating factors. You can read more about it here.

1) D - Dominance: Person places emphasis on accomplishing results, the bottom line, confidence

2) I - Influence: Person places emphasis on influencing or persuading others, openness, relationships

3) S - Steadiness: Person places emphasis on cooperation, sincerity, dependability

4) C - Conscientiousness: Person places emphasis on quality and accuracy, expertise, competency

Not surprisingly, many Type-A veterinarians are high Dominance and Influence. Specifically, you will find that a D and I personality represents a highly assertive person, capable of both direct, dynamic action or charming sociability as a situation demands. In combination, these factors describe a person with clear goals in life with the determination and commitment to achieve them.

Importantly, this personality assessment gives you information about not only yourself, but helps you better interact and communicate with others. What is the best way to communicate with a S or C personality? How do you discuss findings with another high D personality?

Ultimately, we know that emotional intelligence (EQ) is as important as your IQ in life. So what are you waiting for? Look into getting your team DISC analyzed, so you can help improve your team's interpersonal communications, help bridge and connect your team together so they can work together more efficiently, and learn what you and your team need to do to help your team interactions and dynamics.

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