In coaching, assessments are tools designed to help individuals develop self-awareness by identifying strengths and challenges to your success and satisfaction. Assessments may be personality, behavioral or process based. In the organizational realm, they may be used to facilitate career development and the hiring and selection process.
Below are descriptions of the tools we use most frequently to assess your skills and competencies, motivators and communications style. These tools can also support the hiring of employees or form a basis for coaching C-level managers.
The Caliper profile analyzes over 25 personality traits to determine how someone will perform in a specific role, whether for leadership and management positions or technical, sales and service personnel. The Caliper profile assesses an individual’s work motivation and job-related progress. Additionally it provides insights about key employees, whether for hiring, promoting or performance coaching and development.
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps you describe and understand your personality and unique preferences used for perception and judgment. Based on Carl Jung’s work and developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Briggs, the MBTI identifies a person’s preference for one of two opposite ways of gaining and using energy. For example are you an introvert or extrovert? It identifies how you gather information for making decisions. Do you use sensing or intuition? How do you apply your thinking – head or heart? Do you relate to the outside world through judging or perceiving?
When you understand your type preferences, you approach your work in a manner that best suits your style, including how you manage your time, problem solve, make decisions, and deal with stress. Knowledge of “type “equips you to deal with the culture of the workplace, develop new skills, understand your participation on teams, and cope with change in the workplace.
Individual Directions Inventory (IDI):
The IDI measures 17 key dimensions to gauge how an individual gains emotional satisfaction from work and life. It reveals what is happening below the surface, highlighting the connection between motivation and behavior. It offers a deeper, richer understanding of what drives an individual. This tool can:
- Help people understand their own motivations and how their motivations relate to their work and performance.
- Strengthen leaders and managers use of motivation toward business initiatives.
- Build better teams through a deeper understanding of the motivations that inspire each individual, encouraging full engagement.
Successful Transition Planning Institute (STPI)
STPI and its Platinum Years℠ programs take a cognitive approach to the challenge of planning and determining what one should do with the next third of his or her life. It specifically targets the logic and heart issues that show up as hurdles during the transition from one’s primary career or business ownership. Discovery begins with any of the following online questionnaires:
- EXPLORE Questionnaire: Designed specifically for the late-stage career professional, the Explore Questionnaire determines where you are and where you’re headed. You can then start exploring new ideas and address your concerns about the next stage of life.
- WHAT’S NEXT Questionnaire: Designed for the baby boomer business owner, this questionnaire helps you clarify your personal, business and transition goals. This profile helps you define your motivations, attitude, expectations and emotional preparedness for leaving your company.
- DECISION-MAKING Questionnaire: For both career professionals and business owners, this profile alerts you of your special strengths, enabling you to improve decision-making about your future and learn what to avoid.