ePraxis believes that the greater the gap between one’s natural behavioral style and how they strive to act (meaning “acting”), will overtime create greater opportunity for internal disruption and conflict when individuals tire, their guard lets down, as the true personality shows up. Consequently, one must get it right the first time. At ePraxis, we follow Ed Ryan’s popular Vistage tag line, “Hire slow, and fire fast,” and it is our hiring and firing mantra.
ePraxis acknowledges that there are several successful personality-type diagnostic tools, Preditive Index, Craft Personality Questionnaire, etc, and one that we use frequently is the DISC behavioral assessment model that is based on the work Dr. William M. Marston. DISC examines behavior of individuals and their environment within specific situational constructs.
Within DISC, there are four behavioral constructs and many dimensions of observable behavior. The assessments classify four aspects of behavior by testing a person’s preferences in word associations. DISC is an acronym for:
- Dominance – i.e., control, power and assertiveness
- Influence – i.e., role in social situations and communication
- Steadiness – i.e., patience, persistence, and thoughtfulness
- Conscientiousness – i.e., structure, organization, compliance