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I’ve lost count of the number of fee and free personality, temperament, strength and skill assessments available today.  Some are based on well developed behavioral and management science.

Some, I’m convinced, are based upon substance-accompanied late nighters against deadlines to create copy for pop culture magazines.  You know, the “why your lover acts like a spoiled tarantula” crowd.

As users become increasingly savvy in the selection and use of assessments, those instruments become important tools for people and teams for a variety of reasons.  Not just in making employment decisions, but also in the daily decisions among those employed.

In practice I find they serve all parties best when two things are present:

Sober Reflection and Self Honesty in Taking Them

Instruments offer potent feedback about your gifts and proclivities, your style and preferences both in and outside of work.  This means a golden opportunity to discover possible niches in the world where you can experience the greatest work-life satisfaction, while also extending the greatest value to those around you.

And let’s face it, THAT feels really good when it happens!

They can also provide a level of self-awareness and empathy for others that could transform relationships important to you.

Wisdom and Understanding in Reading Them

Whether making hiring selections or management decisions, assessments can provide a key (but not the only) dimension of “fit” for a project or position.

Since in practice we rarely find the perfect fit on most hiring transactions, by understanding those areas of “less fit”, employers can understand the development needs or refinements in roles and positions to accommodate the positive traits a candidate brings.

Beyond hiring decisions, they can also be huge in coalescing teams of individuals, as well as fine tuning workflows and performance in ways that account for the gifts and the quirks of us all.

And that feels equally good when that happens as well!

Valuable Treasure Requires Diligent Digging

A mentor often reminds me that seeking insights of these kinds can be akin to hunting for hidden treasure.  The gems that you find are worth it, but you have to be persistent in looking in places most would give up on.  But just because it is hidden, doesn’t mean it’s not treasure.

Hidden treasures lay within us personally. And it lays within the teams of people we work with.

Don’t focus on all the dirt you’ll have to sift through in looking.  Rather learn where to dig and how.

By becoming skilled at both taking and using assessments, regardless of which ones, there will come a day when you and your team will unearth some valuable insights about the way you work that I believe can change the way you live.

And the value your life and business can bring to others.

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