May 2014 Newsletter

End the Square Peg in a Round Hole Syndromeround-hole-square-peg

Last month we introduced you to a powerful tool that can increase productivity, employee cohesiveness, and effectiveness. (Link to last month)(Link to last month) The Attribute Index (AI) evaluates an individual’s decision making preferences as personal (intrinsic), practical, (extrinsic) or analytical (systemic).

Whether you use the enlightening results individually or in a corporate setting, this understanding can result in better decision making, insight into maximizing strengths and minimizing an indivudal(s) weaknesses. In short, it ends the square peg in a round hole syndrome.

Participants who take the AI are often surprised by how much information can be gleaned from such a brief test. However, the results are quite illuminating. Another surprising element is participants find out how they perceive themselves is not always really how they are.

One client, newly tapped for a management role, was convinced they lacked the skills to be a leader. As we reviewed the assessment, it was clear there were many underlying strengths that could be maximized in the leadership role. For the client, it presented a new perspective and better comprehension of what it means to manage others. We worked together to establish systems and processes which resulted in the new manager’s increased confidence.

Other clients retake the assessment periodically which allows them to gauge their professional and personal growth. Often during an employee review, the employee may feel discouraged when their weaknesses are pointed out. The AI identifies these areas as targets for reinforcement and development, which comes across as more constructive and motivational. With these areas identified, the next step is to understand how those areas impact the current job or duties and if some duties should be minimized (a particular task may not necessarily need to be done by that employee). Then, assess the other duties related to the employee’s skill set that benefit both employee and employer by maximizing those strengths.

This helps eliminate the shot in the dark type of duty assignment for various positions. When you place people with the proper skills and strengths in the corresponding job descriptions, it allows them to flourish, which increases job satisfaction, which increases productivity and ultimately, overall profitability. This doesn’t mean that the areas for development are ignored or dropped. Areas of improvement can still be addressed in terms of growth and increasing skills, rather than deficiencies that count against the worker.

It is unreasonable to think that every employee will possess every positive attribute. However, it is reasonable to consider that every employee possesses strengths that can be maximized for the best fit and performance in a job. The AI is a valuable tool to align workers and job descriptions for success, resulting in round pegs in round holes, and well…you get the picture.

Call us today for more information on how you can take the Assessment Index or to discuss the ways Success Trek can help you align your people, productivity and profitability.

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