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Assessment Tools - Knowing What to Look For

Updated: Feb 22, 2023

Adults learn best when they can integrate learning with on-the-job experience. Quality assessments can be a valuable tool in providing additional depth-learning regarding values, behavioural style, strengths and development needs. This enables the coaching process to be more finely tuned and can speed up the process by bringing together a lot of information that may otherwise take a long period of time to ascertain. It’s also helpful in minimising unconscious bias – on the part of the leader and the coach.

There is a myriad of assessment tools available on the market. Choosing the right one is a ‘buyer beware’ exercise. Mindinsight uses assessment tools that have proven validity and reliability, i.e.

  • They are based on sound theory that has been scrutinised through peer reviewed research

  • They measure what they say they measure

It’s also important that the person offering the assessment is accredited in the use of the tool and in debriefing the results.

Leadership Development: Hogan Assessment Systems

The Hogan Forecast Series provides comprehensive assessment and reporting of important aspects of leadership capability:

  1. POTENTIAL: leadership strengths and competencies

  2. CHALLENGE: derailers and personality-based performance risks

  3. VALUES: core values and motivators for leadership roles

  4. APPLICATION: preferred leadership focus in different contexts

  5. COACHING: Development plan for strategic self-awareness

Information from other assessments, such as 360-degree feedback, can be integrated into the development plan.

You can read more about the Hogan Leadership Series here.

Measuring Resilience – the PR6

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks and challenges. People with higher resilience tend to see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. This gives a person more staying power, helping to work through difficulties and setbacks long enough to experience the results on the other side. This helps to lay down positive memories of setbacks, which motivates people to move toward challenges, rather than avoid them.

Resilience is multi-faceted concept with biological, psychological and social components. Measurement tools need to reflect this. The PR6 measures six key elements of resilience:

  1. VISION: acts like a compass, to help provide purpose and direction. This provides a sense of control.

  2. COMPOSURE: involves finding calm in difficult situations, being able to recognise stress, regulate emotions and manage negative environments

  3. REASONING: involves problem solving, seeking opportunities in challenges, being ready to change plans if necessary

  4. TENACITY: involves perseverance, avoiding self-judgment and learning from successes and setbacks

  5. COLLABORATION: involves being able and willing to reach out to others for support, rather than isolating

  6. HEALTH: involves maintaining healthy habits in exercise, nutrition and sleep

You can read more about the PR6 here or contact us.


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