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The scientifically valid diagnostic tool for the digital mindset

Digital Competence Indicator DCI zur Messung des digital Mindsets mit einem Diagnostik Tool

People are the relevant success factor in digitization!

What digital type am I?

The DIGITAL COMPETENCE INDICATOR is a personality test about your mindset in digitization. It is not about digital skills, such as programming languages or software knowledge, but much more about your characteristic in 6 mindset dimensions.


Mindset dimensions in the DCI

A total of 6 dimensions of the digital mindset are analyzed with the DCI. Each of these dimensions has two poles. The DCI analyzes where between these two poles the DCI users are pronounced.

  • Openness and agility vs. persistence

  • Proactivity vs Reactivity

  • Creativity vs. process loyalty

  • Critical ability vs. harmony orientation

  • Open dealing with failure vs. avoidance of failure

  • Customer centricity vs. task centricity

Optionally, digital literacy can be added as a 7th dimension to measure digital hard skills.

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These dimensions can be used to assign users to the four digital types.
These digital types characterize the four different roles in the digital transformation.

Digitale Typen des digitalen Mindsets mit dem DCI
Digitales Mindset bei Lufthansa
NSB Group
Digitales Mindset und DCI bei HypoVereinsbank Uni Credit
Digitales Mindset und DCI bei Löffler

The digital types

There are a total of 4 digital types that result from the 6 mindset dimensions.

These types all have strengths and stats for the system, and no type is better or worse than another type. In the DCI, users receive feedback on the digital types in order to better understand the result and make the result more tangible.

The users receive feedback on how much percent of each type they carry in themselves.

The mindset is not assigned to just one digital type, but mindset is a combination of the different types.

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Digital Questioner


  • Results-oriented

  • Self-critical


  • Questions specifically

  • Gives stability



  • Open to new technologies

  • Can inspire others


  • Acceptance in the company

  • Acts as an opinion leader

Bridge Builder


  • Acts entrepreneurial

  • Avoids silo thinking


  • Driver and changer

  • High social skills



  • High technical affinity

  • Sees failure as an opportunity


  • Technological driver

  • Creativity and openness

How were the types developed?

In the past few years, we have conducted several hundred interviews with potential candidates and customers and found out that patterns and types are emerging. From this we have developed a matrix in which each type can be described in terms of its strengths, its value for the system and its limits.
With several thousand uses of the DCI, the matrix with the six dimensions critical to success and four digital types has become more and more solid and the standard values have been further developed.

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Vladislava Georgieva

Volkswagen Financial Services

HR Product and Project Portfolio Management & Innovation

The DCI is an important part of the global program "Leadership in Transformation". The tool serves, among other things, as a location determination and provides a precise analysis related to the digital mindset. For us, DCI has been an excellent basis for the targeted development of managers in these turbulent times. We have also used the tool in several European markets and are very happy with the results. Definitely a "must have" in times of digital transformation.


Franziska Gerner

Head of Digital Competencies

I have worked on both the HR side and the digitization side. Seen from both perspectives, this tool is a great asset for every organization: The digital mindset can be optimally used in recruiting as well as in personnel development.

The same applies to organizational development topics in order to take the right people with you in a healthy digital organization and to expand the mindset for the future.

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Caroline Baumgärtner

NSB Group

Head of People Onshore & Talent Development

Performance & personality are essential, especially in transformation processes - that's why we within the NSB Group have decided that critical questions about the career path alone are no longer sufficient, but rather explore the digital mindset of the applicants. Since 2021 we have been supporting our impressions from the interviews with the objective evaluations des Digital Competence Indicators. They do not relieve us of the responsibility to make a decision - but sometimes the reaction to the invitation to the test already provides information about the openness of the applicants and their willingness to deal with innovations.

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Franco Lehmann

Löffler GmbH
former CDO

The DCI helps us to make the applicant selection process even more thorough and organized. We currently have a 4-step process. For us, the DCI fits in perfectly as an "intermediate link" and supports an overall professional appearance. 

What DCI customers say
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How does the DCI work?



User receives access data and logs in.



User passes through 48 scientifically developed items on the six dimensions critical to success.
Duration: Approx. 10 minutes

Users receive the analysis of the digital mindset directly in a dashboard, which guides them through the individual analysis with different media (graphics, videos, text). In this way, the user gets to know his digital type characteristics as well as the characteristics in the six mindset dimensions critical to success.

Users always have the opportunity to log in to the DCI dashboard and interact with their digital mindset.

Zuordnung zu den Typen des digitalen Mindsets
Videos zur Erklärung des digitalen Mindsets
Interaktives Dashboard für das digitale Mindset


User can use the Mindset Indicator Academy to enter directly into an individual learning path for Mindset development.

Application areas of the DCI

Mindset analysis for targeted personnel development
Basis for targeted organisational development
Soft skill matching in recruiting and basis for interviews
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Why do we need another indicator for personality traits?

Diagnostik für das digitale Mindset mit dem DCI

So far, there are none which address the following topics and questions:

Digitaler Typ des digitalen Mindsets

What digital type am I?

A question which is difficult to answer, because the concept of digitization is neither clearly defined, nor has it been declared which personality traits are needed for it.

Digitales Mindset unterstützt Kunden zu verstehen

Who are my customers?

Because it is important to understand that everyone in a company has customers (some are external, others are internal - e.g. departments).

Digitales Mindset für Unternehmenserfolg

Which personality traits will subsequently be needed in the future for our company's success?


Technological-digital traits alone are definitely not the solution.

Team Zusammenstellung mit Hilfe des digitalen Mindsets

How can we improve the set up of our teams?

Set up teams with DCI, which work more synergetically.

For whom?

Independent of industries

The DCI is not industry-specific and can be used for different sizes of companies and has been proven in practice - from medium-sized businesses to large corporations.

Independent of roles

The DCI can be used independently of roles, i.e. there are no restrictions on the scope of use.


The DCI can also be tailored to your exact needs. This customizing can range from an additional dimension (such as digital literacy) to the look and feel of the tool.

DCI quality characteristics



Process time of 10 minutes.



Proven validity by scientific criteria.



Better understanding of one's own role and better understanding of the other players within a team.

Proven validity by scientific criteria.

If you want to learn more about the scientific validity, you can order our DCI study via email.

Wissenschaftliche Studie über das digitale Mindset

What do experts think about the DCI?

Matthias Malessa über den DCI und das digitale Mindset

The DCI is a relevant future sustainability indicator that makes it possible to determine the digital mindset value-free and objectively. My motto is: simple and understandable user interface - but please on a scientifically sound basis; this is precisely what the DCI delivers for the individual employee or the team. A real added value on the way to future sustainability!

Matthias Malessa
former CHRO Adidas

DCI case study

What Sparkasse executives say about the analysis and development of the digital mindset with DCI and the learning platform MIA.

Awarded the Human Resources Management Prize

A project with the DCI, which we carried out at Lufthansa, was awarded the personnel management prize.
In this project, the DCI was individually adapted to Lufthansa's corporate culture and made available to all employees in a Lufthansa tool.
Further information can be found in the following Capital article:

Capital article about DCI at Lufthansa (German)

Who is the team behind DCI?

An interdisciplinary team with consultants from various areas:

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Organizational development in the environment of digital transformation with a concentrated view of customers and organizations.

Development of psychological procedures for suitability diagnostics, such as personality tests, interview procedures, AC, etc.

Dashboard für das digitale Mindset bei Diagnostik

Data security

Datenschutz für das digitale Mindset beim Digital Competence Indicator

Data protection is not only important, but a fundamental right.
We take data protection very seriously because everyone has a right to secure data. We not only work GDPR-compliant, but we also have an external TÜV-certified data protection officer.
If you have any questions regarding data protection, please feel free to contact us at any time at .

Highest security standards

The DCI is hosted on a certified server in Germany and meets the highest security standards. 

If you want a two-factor authentication in addition to the normal login, you can book this as an option. For this we work together with the security experts of XignSys. The product XignIn is a function package consisting of an authentication app and encrypted digital infrastructure.

Management Dashboard

Depending on the company agreement, company executives have the possibility to view and analyse the characteristics of the digital mindset of the employees in a cumulative and anonymous way via a management dashboard.
Here, periods of time can also be compared in order to gain an overview of mindset development.
In addition, managers can see which mindset development needs exist in their own department. Thus, teams can be developed further in a targeted manner or targeted external reinforcement can be obtained.

Management Dashboard für das digitale Mindset beim DCI

Find out what digital type you are!

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We look forward to seeing you!
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