Personality and Behavioral Style Assessment
“Insight” means to have knowledge of who we are…self-awareness. When people discover a truly accurate perception of themselves and how they come across to others, they will communicate more effectively, reduce conflict, and strengthen relationships. This increases productivity individually and in teams and creates a high-functioning culture.
The INSIGHT Inventory, a positive, strengths-based personality assessment provides a foundation for coaching and talent development.
Each profile focuses on the strengths of the individual and gives them a common language to discuss differences, skills to improve communication, and the results to maximize their performance.
In the early 80’s Dr. Handley was conducting a training session using a popular assessment at the time. Reviewing his results, one if his participants said, “but this isn’t me all of the time, only part of the time.” This struck a nerve with Dr. Handley which lead to his research into how environments impact a person’s behavior.
The result; the development of the INSIGHT Inventory using Field Theory as the foundation.
The INSIGHT Inventory is NOT based on Jung’s temperaments like the MBTI. It is also NOT a quadrant or circumplex model like DiSC or Insights Discovery.
The INSIGHT Inventory IS based on field theory and is factor analytic trait derived. We looked at data and research on items and gathered statistics from the research to determine trait names. More information is available for review in our Technical Manual.
Field theory is the key difference between the INSIGHT Inventory and other assessments; behavior is a result of personality and environment. We can assess personality with various assessments but the real impact is the environment; how much influence does the environment—stressors, enhancers, and opportunities—have on an individual’s behavior?
The INSIGHT Inventory provides two personality profiles; one for work behavior and one for personal style. This helps individuals explore what influences behavior in different settings.
The INSIGHT Inventory is positive and strengths-based. It makes it easier for people to share and talk about their profiles. This promotes positive dialogue and interaction between team members.Conversational Language
The INSIGHT Inventory was designed to avoid labels, codes, colors, quadrants, or EQ ratings that had to be memorized or interpreted. Instead it uses every day terminology. This gives people positive, user-friendly terms to use when discussing their strengths with others. This is called “conversational language” because the results can be used immediately when discussing what was learned with others without the need for explanation.Considers Environment
Instead of labeling people and trying to predict behavior, the INSIGHT Inventory emphasizes that behavior may change from one situation to another. Participants describe their behavior in two different environments, work and personal, and receive two profiles. This helps uncover the whole person by looking at peoples’ behavior in different settings and their range of flexibility. This serves as a spring board to discuss more specific environments such as team membership, dynamics with their leaders or subordinates, family patterns, etc.Acknowledges Stress
Stress and triggers can cause people to move out of their strengths, overuse their styles, and often leads to conflict. Learning to recognize when they are getting pulled away from their strengths and creating an action plan to alleviate the reaction, keeps them on the path to success.Answers the “So What” Question
“So what do I do with this information about my personality traits?” The INSIGHT Inventory answers the “so what” question; it focuses users on the tasks of learning how to understand and use their personality traits to work better with others and create more effective relationships. It moves users from self-discovery to skill practice.Goes Beyond Self
Using the Observer Feedback people learn the importance of how their behavioral style comes across to others. They discover that even in good relationships misconceptions about their styles occur. When they recognize and understand people’s perceptions, and learn to adapt their style to others, they will communicate better and strengthen relationships.
Dr. Handley’s goal is to help you conduct training sessions that impact your participants and develop their skills.
He has launched the INSIGHT Facilitator Center that gives you access to all the training guides, tools, and videos that you need to succeed without kit fees, subscriptions, or license fees.
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