Extended DISC Background
What is Extended DISC®?
Extended DISC® is a psychometric and workplace assessment tool designed to help individuals, teams and organisations to become more successful. Extended DISC® provides easy to use information on how to modify human behaviour. Extended DISC® supports individuals and businesses to improve relationships, communication and key aspects of business such as Leadership and Management.
Extended DISC® assessments are based on concepts of human behaviour from well renowned psychologists and behavioural theorists. Today Extended DISC® assessments are part of the daily management system of thousands of organisations all around the world, with over one million assessments completed annually.
History of DISC: Carl Jung (1875 – 1961)
The Extended DISC® Assessment Suite is based on a psychological theory developed in the 1920's.
Carl G. Jung, a well renowned Swiss psychiatrist, created the foundations of the theory in his book, The Psychological Types. His ideas were based on a two behavioural axis chart:
This formed the foundation of the four quadrant model.
History of DISC: William Moulton Marston (1893 – 1947)
The work of Jung was further developed by William Moulton Marston, an American Psychologist. He was also the inventor of the Wonder Woman Comics and the Lie Detector!
Marston viewed people behaving along two axes; one indicating whether an individual is more passive or active; and the other on the individual’s perception of the environment as being more favourable or antagonistic.
By placing the axes at the right angles, four quadrants form with each describing a behavioural pattern:
Extended DISC® Assessment Suite Background
Extended DISC® was founded in 1991 by Jukka Sappinen, an MBA graduate from the Helsinki School of Economics who spent his early professional years consulting clients with the use of psychometric tools.
A profound understanding of the gap between existing tools and corporate needs enabled Jukka to develop what his clients were looking for - a comprehensive tool set that could be used to generate understandable, integrated information on an individual, team management, or entire organisation.
The instrument was developed and honed over several years (1991 – 1994), in Finland with the cooperation of key clients and experts in psychology, statistics, HR, consulting and IT. In 1994, Extended DISC® was launched and was introduced to international markets in 1997. The Australasian Extended DISC® Partner (now HR Profiling Solutions) opened in 1998.
Extended DISC® is one of the top five psychometric tools in the field today, and has spread to over 80 countries, with an annual growth rate of 20-50%. The FinxS Online Platform, powered by Extended DISC®, has been translated into 70 languages and is used by thousands of people around the world every day.
Extended DISC® is the world’s fastest growing assessment system. A position maintained by continuing its important research and development work, far outpacing competitors in innovation and customisation of highly validated profiles and related products. At the time of it's launch back in 1994, Extended DISC® was the first computer based application of it's kind, surpassing all other competitors who were using paper based questionnaires. FinxS, the Extended DISC® online operating system, is the most flexible and customisable assessment suite currently on the market with development continuing on a day to day basis.
As CEO, Jukka Sappinen states:
“We recognise that the most satisfied people work at the best companies. Our goal is to provide our clients with the information they need to keep their best and brightest motivated and make the most of their strengths, which helps to ensure a better future for all.”