categories: Disc AQ
I interviewed Dr. Tony Alessandra, founder of Assessments 24x7, to discuss the intersection of DISC and Answer Intelligence (AQ)™. The following are some basics regarding DISC, AQ, and DISC AQ (using DISC + AQ at the same time).
DISC is a framework for understanding your behaviors and those of others. AQ is the ability to provide elevated answers to important questions. Taken together, DISC AQ supports meaningful conversations about your identity and the identity of others to encourage productive and deep relationships at work. DISC AQ is the ability to effectively communicate your behavior style.
Interview with Dr. Alesandra
During my interview with Dr. Alesandra, I asked him some basic questions about his DISC profile. I knew Dominance was his primary behavioral style. For example, I asked him, "What is dominance?" In AQ terms, as a concept-answer he was able to define dominance and discuss key aspects of dominance, including that he is very direct. I then suggested a metaphor for being direct. I said, "you prefer to go from point A to point B." He said, "That is close. I prefer to go directly from point A to Z." This metaphor is very helpful for anyone that is working with Dr. Alessandra.
It is important to communicate your DISC style in terms of six answers (story, metaphor, theory, concept, procedure, action) to make sense of yourself and to help others effectively work with you.
What is Dominance?
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Dr. Brian Glibkowski is the author of Answer Intelligence: Raise your AQ.