Series on Assessments
What motivates you? I was asked this question recently and as someone who works in a world with shades of grey my first thought was “in what context”. Whether you are a leader, an employee, a boss or a solopreneur understanding what motivates you to behave in a certain way can be a powerful discovery. The FIRO B, or the Fundamental Interpersonal relations orientation behavior explores your interpersonal needs, in particular, in three areas; Inclusion, Affection, and Control. At its core, this assessment shows us how we express these needs, and how much we want them.
Today we are exploring two assessments that are very different from one another. The Clifton Strengths Assessment and the How to Fascinate Assessment. Why put these two together? I wanted to do this because all of these assessments, tests, designators, or whatever qualifier you want to call them are like different sides of a die, various shades of the same color, and together they form a tapestry that leads to greater understanding.
Assessments and personality tests and modalities oh my! When it comes to ways to qualify traits there is no shortage of tests out there, strengths assessments, Personality tests, relational assessments, skin/hair/muscle/fat assessments, the list goes on and on. An assessment is a tool, and as with all tools, it is how you use them that is important. On ep 37 we took a look at the KOLBE assessment, last week on episode 39 we dove into the DISC & the Generation 2 DISC, today it is the Enneagram’s turn.
In order to be an effective leader, you need professional development, I believe that you also need personal development just as much, if not more, than traditional professional development. I know many great leaders who have used their personal development growth to impact teams & businesses.
When it comes to assessments there is no shortage, love assessments, relational assessments, skin/hair/muscle/fat assessments, the list goes on and on. An assessment is a tool, and as with all tools, it is how you use them that is important.
We are all unique, but with a theme. Understanding how an individual’s unique theme plays into the bigger picture of your organization gives you an advantage in creating a cohesive, productive and thriving team. One that can catapult your organization into the next level of success. Great leaders know that when you put the wrong employees or personality types together, it can stifle or even cripple teams which will inevitably impact your businesses bottom line.