Value of Personality Assessments

Assessments, 360 feedback surveys and personality evaluations are essential tools for personal and professional development as they expand awareness, bring understanding and provide and insight either for selecting new team members or developing talent within the organization. For more detailed information please see Off the Rails: Avoiding the high Cost of Failed Leadership reprinted from WORKforce Management Magazine.

Selecting and Hiring New Leaders – Personality, potential, values and drivers are imperative factors when considering an employee for hire at any level. Using powerful assessments that deliver relevant data on an individual candidate allow organizations to obtain information on the potential employee’s ability to blend with the culture, relate to peers and align with the company’s mission and vision. Taking under consideration the prospect’s personality, motives and drivers we are better equipped to anticipate how that employee may perform within the confines of the business and interact with the existing staff.

Teamwork – Understanding own personality type expands awareness of the other types of personalities and creates possibilities to appreciate others’ strengths, support each other and to form successful working relationships. Recognition of personal barriers and drivers of other team members, allows teams to work through differences and achieve mutually beneficial win-win solutions.

Retaining Talented Employees ­– Self-awareness is a necessity for self-growth. Identification and acceptance of own strengths and weaknesses is the first step to creating positive and rewarding relationships and to success at work. Recognition of counter-productive behaviors which may impede personal success, presents an opportunity to explore alternative steps to create a new path for on-going development. Enabling employees to grow and find value in their work empowers inspiration and creativity and secures their commitment to sustained high performance with the organization.

Value of Personality Assessments

Skilled employees are the asset that drives organizational success. Therefore companies must learn from them—why they stay, why they leave, and how the organization needs to adapt in order to create a Competitive Advantage. An accurately designed and executed EI program delivers instrumental insight into what happens behind the silos walls and it gives a glimpse into employees thinking as well as expectations.

Although there is no conclusive research mainly due to lack of consistent data, proving that Exit Interviews reduce turnover, it is a common sense that information provided by them enables businesses to respond to the primary factors leading to employee turnover.

A well-executed Retention Strategy with the Exit Interview at the heart of it —whether a face-to-face conversation/phone conversation, a questionnaire, a survey, or ideally combination of all those methods—can catalyze leaders’ listening skills, reveals what does or doesn’t work inside the organization, highlights hidden challenges and opportunities, and generates essential competitive intelligence.

Benefits of Outsourcing Exit Interviews:

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I have prepared these surveys for your inspiration – to help you explore what’s possible for you and gain insights through the process of filling them. I’d love to discuss your answers with you on a 60min no-charge Transformative Clarity Call.

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The Guy In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn’t your Father or Mother or Wife,
Who judgement upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear up to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.

©Dale Wimbrow, 1934.


“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
(attributed to Confucius)

“We need to learn to measure what is important, not to treat what we can measure as important.”
(inspired primarily by Steve McNamara)

“If you don’t know what port you are sailing to, no wind is favorable.”
– Seneca

“If you don’t know where you are going you will probably end up somewhere else.”
– Laurence Peter

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
– Helen Keller

Cherie Carter-Scott’s Rules of Life (‘Rules for Being Human’)

Rule one

You will receive a body. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s yours for life, so accept it. What counts is what’s inside.

Rule two

You will be presented with lessons. Life is a constant learning experience, which every day provides opportunities for you to learn more. These lessons specific to you, and learning them is the key to discovering and fulfilling the meaning and relevance of your own life.

Rule three

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Your development towards wisdom is a process of experimentation, trial and error, so its inevitable things will not always go to plan or turn out how you’d want. Compassion is the remedy for harsh judgement – of ourselves and others. Forgiveness is not only divine – it’s also the act of erasing an emotional debt. Behaving ethically, with integrity, and with humor – especially the ability to laugh at yourself and your own mishaps – are central to the perspective that “mistakes” are simply lessons we must learn.

Rule four

The lesson is repeated until learned. Lessons repeat until learned. What manifest as problems and challenges, irritations and frustrations are more lessons – they will repeat until you see them as such and learn from them. Your own awareness and your ability to change are requisites of executing this rule. Also fundamental is the acceptance that you are not a victim of fate or circumstance – “causality” must be acknowledged; that is to say: things happen to you because of how you are and what you do. To blame anyone or anything else for your misfortunes is an escape and a denial; you yourself are responsible for you, and what happens to you. Patience is required – change doesn’t happen overnight, so give change time to happen.

Rule five

Learning does not end. While you are alive there are always lessons to be learned. Surrender to the “rhythm of life”, don’t struggle against it. Commit to the process of constant learning and change – be humble enough to always acknowledge your own weaknesses, and be flexible enough to adapt from what you may be accustomed to, because rigidity will deny you the freedom of new possibilities.

Rule six

“There” is no better than “here”. The other side of the hill may be greener than your own, but being there is not the key to endless happiness. Be grateful for and enjoy what you have, and where you are on your journey. Appreciate the abundance of what’s good in your life, rather than measure and collect things that do not actually lead to happiness. Living in the present helps you attain peace.

Rule seven

Others are only mirrors of you. You love or hate something about another person according to what love or hate about yourself. Be tolerant; accept others as they are, and strive for clarity of self-awareness; strive to truly understand and have an objective perception of your own self, your thoughts and feelings. Negative experiences are opportunities to heal the wounds that you carry. Support others, and by doing so you support yourself. Where you are unable to support others it is a sign that you are not adequately attending to your own needs.

Rule eight

What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. Take responsibility for yourself. Learn to let go when you cannot change things. Don’t get angry about things – bitter memories clutter your mind. Courage resides in all of us – use it when you need to do what’s right for you. We all possess a strong natural power and adventurous spirit, which you should draw on to embrace what lies ahead.

Rule nine

Your answers lie inside of you. Trust your instincts and your innermost feelings, whether you hear them as a little voice or a flash of inspiration. Listen to feelings as well as sounds. Look, listen, and trust. Draw on your natural inspiration.

Rule ten

You will forget all this at birth. We are all born with all of these capabilities – our early experiences lead us into a physical world, away from our spiritual selves, so that we become doubtful, cynical and lacking belief and confidence. The ten Rules are not commandments, they are universal truths that apply to us all. When you lose your way, call upon them. Have faith in the strength of your spirit. Aspire to be wise – wisdom the ultimate path of your life, and it knows no limits other than those you impose on yourself.

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