Sep 03, 2020 | 3
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Understanding Yourself with the New Behavioral Continuum

The world of work has changed dramatically in 2020, and the tools we use in the workplace need to adapt as well. That’s why TTI Success Insights released the Talent Insights Engagement Report. This new report helps organizations, teams and individuals dive into the reboarding process with intuitive, accessible information about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of their behavior.

Read more about the Engagement Report here.



Introducing the Behavioral Continuum

One of the most important and exciting parts of the Engagement Report is the fact that it flips DISC on its side. Instead of a vertical bar graph, this report introduces TTI SI’s premier behavioral continuum.

This new horizontal graph introduces new understanding and replaces the language of ‘high’ and ‘low’. That kind of language oversimplifies behavior and reduces individuals into a singular ‘high’ scoring trait. With the Behavioral Continuum, you are now viewing the full spectrum of behavior. TTI SI has separated each element of DISC into two separate traits that most accurately measure behavior.



Situational, Moderate, Extreme:
The New Way to Understand

Not only does this Continuum eliminate the need for the language of ‘high’ and ‘low’, it also introduces new vocabulary. Now, you score on either side of the midline of the Behavioral Continuum, but where you fall on that side has a measurement as well: situational, moderate, or extreme. Let’s break it down!



Situational (50-60)

A Situational score represents any score that is no more than 10 points to either side of the midline. If you have a situational score, that means that you are circumstantially displaying the behavior in question.

Look at the example below. (Score of 55 Precise)

This means that Jane is situationally precise. When handling procedures and constraints, she is marginally precise, contingently precise, or a little precise.


TI-Engagement-Report-Continuum-ModerateModerate (60-80)

A Moderate score represents scores that are at least 60-80 points away from the midline. If you have any moderate scores, that means you somewhat display that behavior.

Look at the example below (Score of 75 Reserved)


This means that Jane is moderately reserved. When handling people and challenges, she is somewhat reserved, fairly reserved, kind of reserved, or reasonably reserved.



Extreme (80-100)

An Extreme score represents scores that are 80 to 100 points away from the midline, or to the extreme end of either side of the Continuum. If you have any Extreme scores, that means you are strongly led by that behavior.

Look at the example below: (Score of 96 Dynamic)


This means that Jane is extremely dynamic. When handling procedures and pace, she is very dynamic, notably dynamic, especially dynamic, or truly dynamic.



Use These Words to Understand Yourself

Faulkner_Jaime_TIengage_3621094usCOLE-06e_Page_12These new words are tools for you to better understand yourself. One of the exciting aspects of the Engagement Report is that it can be self-guided. If you are debriefing yourself while going through the Report, a helpful practice is to write sentences about yourself and your behavior using these words. Here’s how you do it:

  • Look at midline: which side do you fall on?
  • Look at the segment and determined strength of score
    • Are you Situational, Moderate, or Extreme?
  • Look at keywords, or P and C words
    • How does your behavior handle those P and C words?


  • Andrew is moderately Reflective. This means he is somewhat cooperative, low-key and mild and when dealing with problems and challenges.
  • Andrew is extremely Outgoing. This means he is truly magnetic, enthusiastic, friendly and conversational when dealing with people and contacts.
  • Andrew is extremely Steady. This means he is notably easygoing, and looking to establish a rhythm when dealing with pace and consistency.
  • Andrew is extremely Pioneering. This means he is incredibly uninhibited, independent, and instinctive when dealing with procedures and constraints.



Why Does This Matter?

TI_Engagement_FloatingImageIf you’re familiar with other assessments from TTI SI, you might still be adjusting to the changes in this Report. If you’re not familiar with other assessments, you might be wondering what exactly the big deal is about this vocab and the horizontal Continuum.

It’s important to remember that, like we said, this report is built to be self-guided. While getting a full debrief from a professional is still an excellent experience, the Engagement Report is created to be understood and implemented within minutes.

This new rich vocabulary within the report gives a multi-faceted, inclusive view of an individual. You’re more complex than a high or low score, and the Engagement Report opens up the possibility of understanding how behavioral elements complement each other.



Take Your Next Step With the Engagement Report

It’s time to meet workplace challenges with the right tools. Are you ready to get started with the Engagement Report?

If you’re a member of the TTI SI network, contact your Business Development Consultant to learn about all the resources available for the Engagement Report. Make sure to check your account as well for our additional content about the Report.

If you’re not in the network, contact us here to learn about joining or implementing the Report in your organization.

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Jaime Faulkner