Friday, December 10, 2010

Nothing Compares to the NEW Comparison Report Batch Function!

I couldn’t resist with the title! If you read my latest blog entry about the EPIC batch function feature, you’re going to love my new post about the batch function for Comparison Reports! If you don’t know what Comparison Reports are, don’t worry, I’ll explain it all!

The Everything DiSC Application Library is a new group of products based on the DiSC theory:
  • Everything DiSC Workplace – Workplace is seen as a more personalized and user-friendly upgrade to the original DiSC Classic 2.0 Profile. Workplace provides 350x more personalization and a circular model.
  • Everything DiSC Sales – This report gives you (or your sales team) insight on your selling style and how to adapt to various buying styles. It also includes a FREE Customer Interaction Map.
  • Everything DiSC Management – This gives you an idea of your management style and how it affects both direct reports and superiors.
  • Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders – NEW! DiSC's version of a 360 Report. It provides personalized, approachable 360 degree feedback and 3 personalized strategies to carry forward.

You lost me at Comparison Report…

Comparison Reports are FREE 11-page, research-validated follow-up reports that can be generated for any two participants who have taken any of the above listed profiles. These reports help to illustrate the similarities and differences between two people, across 6 behavioral traits. You can create a comparison report for each person, so that they will have a personalized report based on their perspective working with the other person.

These reports are great to use as a follow-up to training, or to help with conflict resolution between two employees. A few months ago, my colleague and I (both iS’s) ran a Comparison Report for ourselves. What’s interesting is that although we had the same style, we were still far apart from each other on some of the scales. It just goes to show that even if two employees are similar in style, there is still much to learn using the Comparison Reports!

So, what’s so great about the new Comparison Report batch function?
Before the batch function, you would have to manually select each Comparison Report to generate, at a time. Could you imagine if you wanted to run comparison reports for your entire group? Now, you can generate multiple reports at once! And, you can even choose to run reports based on one person’s perspective, or choose to have all participants compared to one another. Excellent feature!

While you will be able to view, save and print these reports in a matter of minutes, they will also be automatically saved in your EPIC account for you.

Already have your Comparison Reports ready to go? Just use the original Batch Generation function to view all of them at the same time.

Overall, just like the original Batch Function, this new addition really makes creating and viewing Comparison Reports a very easy process! The Comparison Reports are such a neat addition to the Everything DiSC Application Library, I hope this increases the likelihood of using them… did I mention they’re free?

Need Clarification? Interested in learning more? Email us at learn@corexcel.com or call us at 1-888-658-6641, during the hours of 9am – 5:30pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New EPIC Feature Simplifies Report Generation

During my first month at Corexcel, I was assisting one of our clients with generating profile reports from recently taken Everything DiSC Workplace assessments using our EPIC account. Our client had sent out assessments to 30 different participants, and completed reports were trickling in here and there. Then, right before their assigned deadline, at least 15 came in within a few minutes of each other. I was able to send the completed reports to my contact, but it was a little bit tedious to generate and email each report, one by one. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be convenient if we were able to generate a group of profile reports at one time?” While the new Batch Function was not my idea (Love Windows 7 commercials!), I have had the opportunity to try it out, and I find it to be a very useful tool that has simplified generating multiple profiles at once!

Time Saver!
Prior to this new function, you were able to import as many participants as you’d like to take the assessments, but you had to generate each completed report individually. Now, you can search for a specific group of reports, for example, DiSC Classic Profiles and generate all of them at once. This proves to be especially great for clients who are conducting a training session and have had a few last minute sign-ups or participants complete the reports after the assigned deadline.

Generating Reports is more convenient.
Once you have requested the appropriate reports to generate, EPIC gives you an estimated time of completion and notifies you when your batch is ready. Log in to your account, view the completed batch profiles and download them to your computer. That simple.

Emailing reports is quick and easy.
EPIC gives you a great option of emailing completed reports right through their system. While this cuts down on time, it can be a bit time consuming when having to email a large number of completed reports, one by one. When you’d like to send several completed reports at once, you can use the Batch function. The profiles are generated and saved into a compressed (WinZip file) as PDF’s. Since the profiles have been compressed in size (but not content) you can send them directly from your email address without worrying about the size of the message.

Helps keep you organized.
Previously, we had to download and save each completed report, one at a time. Downloading one batch file rather than 10 individual files means that all of the reports end up in the same folder, helping to keep things organized. You can also rename your folder and save it anywhere on your computer or flash drive.

Reports are easily identified.
The new batch feature not only creates a folder full of your profiles, but also names each report PDF by participant name and access code. This has certainly come in handy for me when having to resend profiles to clients; rather than generating a new report, I simply find it in my folder. It also reduces the amount of errors when sending reports to your supervisor – you will be sure you’re sending the right employee’s report, the first time.

Overall, I give batch function an A+. It is a great tool to add even more convenience to the already handy and user-friendly EPIC account. For those of you who may be hearing about EPIC for the first time, it is an online system which gives you 24/7 access to your “EPIC Credits,” the currency used to generate online profiles. You can send out assessments, track and generate completed reports and run group reports. You can also customize emails to send to your group including specific pre-work deadlines, background information or even photos. You also have the option of customizing reports to include your company logo and contact information. For a consultant or organization looking to implement online profiles for clients or employees, the EPIC account can be a great tool to simplify the process and keep your logo in front of your clients.

For more information on online profiles and EPIC, please contact Corexcel at 888-658-6641 or learn@corexcel.com.

Monday, June 07, 2010

DiSC: From Line Graphs to Circle Graphs


I recently attended a training session based on the latest DiSC model. The session was interesting and extremely informative; it never ceases to amaze me how much goes into behavior profiling. Below, please find a review of what I learned about the new circular DiSC model and how it makes a difference to you. For over thirty years, DiSC has been used to help people understand their behavior and how it impacts others. As personal and organizational needs continue to evolve, so do the ways in which the DiSC model can be measured and symbolized. A new approach to measuring DiSC transitions away from the line graph used in the DiSC Classic products to the more contemporary circle graph used in the Everything DiSC Application Library products. The circumplex bears a closer resemblance the earliest representation of the DiSC model as explained by William Marston, the pioneer of DiSC theory. Marston presented DiSC as a circle on a color wheel, which illustrated the continuous nature of behavior. By identifying a participant’s DiSC style with a dot on a circle graph, now participants are able to quickly see where they fall on the DiSC spectrum in comparison to the other styles. It also provides a more visually apparent demonstration of the similarities and differences between the styles. Here are some of the benefits of the circle model:
  • The circular graph is a more intuitive and memorable representation of the DiSC model. It illustrates the blend of behaviors to better reflect the flow of personality styles.
  • Shading on the circle map indicates areas where a person might easily adapt in a situation and areas that may require the participant to stretch.
  • It allows the facilitator to quickly assess the group composition. The Group Reports represent the entire team as individual dots on the circle map. This helps the instructor to identify the implications of the group dynamics.
  • The priority words around the circle map provide an easy and memorable way for participants to apply their DiSC knowledge to everyday life. Instead of learning about abstract personality theories, participants can quickly see the relevance of their DiSC styles to their goals.
  • The scoring in the EDAL products is more precise. Instead of the traditional 4 scales (D, i, S, C), participants’ dots are weighted on 8 scales (D, Di, i, iS, S, SC, C or CD). Respondents also have more freedom to answer in a way that best describes them. Instead of answering a forced-choice survey, participants assess themselves based on 79 questions rated on a 5-point scale.
While the line graph depiction of the DiSC model is still viable and useful, the circular representation of the DiSC graph provides a new way to understand and apply DiSC. The circumplex helps people to visually interpret relationships while realizing patterns in group dynamics.
 
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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Get Certified to Present DiSC Training Sessions in 2010

Interested in using DiSC to improve communication, develop employee engagement, increase productivity or just to help your staff understand one another better? New training dates for 2010 have been released.
  • March 9-10, 2010 - Bloomington, Minnesota
  • June 22-23, 2010 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Certification prepares trainers to get the most out of the DiSC Model. You will learn about the history, theory and interpretation of DiSC. Participants review the training materials available to conduct DiSC training sessions, including the Everything DiSC Classic Facilitation System, the Everything DiSC Classic DVD and the complete line of DiSC reports. You also get hands-on-practice crafting a wide range of DiSC solutions. By the end of the two days you will be able to:
  • Create effective DiSC-based training sessions
  • Learn which DiSC tool works best for the desired outcome
  • Discover how to combine DiSC resources for better results
  • Customize DiSC-based training sessions to meet a variety of client situations
Learn more about the Everything DiSC Training Certification