Profiles & Assessments

We often combine experiential learning activities with a personal assessment or an inventory tool. These tools are used to positively frame underlying values and motivations that have an influence on behaviours.  Better understanding of our own preferences can lead to better understanding  of our colleagues, who may have differing preferences from our own.

Once participants understand the results of the tool, they quickly become aware of how their underlying motivations are evident in their actions exhibited during an experiential activity.

This combination allows for both personal and team insights, and our structure provides space for team members to step out of their normal organizational roles and explore alternatives and their impacts.

STRENGTH DEPLOYMENT INVENTORY (SDI)

The Strength Deployment Inventory is a standardized and widely used assessment tool with two unique characteristics:

  1. Focusing on what motivates people, rather than their behaviour
  2. Describing how people’s motivation changes in conflict situations

Both these attributes make the SDI is an excellent complement and counterpoint to other personality assessments that participants may have done in the past. The SDI is also simple to complete, easy to understand and remember, and with its positive and compassionate frame, it’s easy for teams to embrace!

THE PCFL HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM INDICATOR ™

In response to client requests for a method to assess different facets of team performance before beginning a session with our facilitators, we created our own team performance assessment.

  • Consisting of up to 16 customizable measures of team performance, this survey provides a good overview of where team members believe they perform well, and where team improvement can be made.
  • Scores can indicate gaps in perceptions and provide a good starting point for crucial conversations.
  • The survey questions can be customized to ensure relevancy to your organization and can be administered more than once to evaluate whether improvement occurs over time.
  • While individual survey responses are anonymous, statistical data is provided to inform the team on scoring patterns (mean, mode, and standard deviation) to gauge team alignment and divergence.

The Kraybill Style Matters Inventory 

The Kraybill Conflict Style Inventory is a useful tool for gaining knowledge about our preferred method of engaging with conflict. Additionally, this inventory scores participants on their “storm shift”, showing how behaviour changes when under stress or the situation becomes more intense.   We use this tool to help participants understand their own preferences for conflict navigation, become aware of alternate styles, and examine how communication is the key to setting new patterns for better relationships and results.

THE MYERS BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR (MBTI)

We regularly use the assessment tool most commonly deployed in corporate settings, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI is based on the personality theory of Carl Jung, which defined 16 personality types comprised of preferences for styles of perception and judgment.

  • The MBTI provides participants with a common, widely recognized and understood vocabulary for expressing preferences. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is a more complex tool than the SDI, and thus takes longer to present. Combining this tool with the hands-on exercises that PCFL uniquely uses can more quickly illuminate different preferences in action.
  • MBTI is a valuable tool that can greatly assist teams of all sizes and diversity. Providing each team member with insight into their own preferences as well as their peers, can have an immediately positive effect on communication, relationships and results. We go beyond the traditional personality explanations and allow participants to experience a variety of personality types through active exercises.
  • Several PCFL consultants are certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator and we have had great success delivering this assessment to people and teams who have not experienced MBTI before!

FOURSIGHT – THE BREAKTHROUGH THINKING PROFILE

Foursight is an assessment tool designed to explore problem solving skills in individuals and groups. Are you a Clarifier? An Ideator? A Developer? An Implementer? The ability to understand and leverage your thinking style/s is the first step when working within a team. Knowing your colleagues’ strengths will allow understanding of which role they will naturally play on a team and in which areas they are likely to add the greatest impact. If you are continually bringing forth ideas, but never able to make them happen, or great at remembering details, but get overwhelmed when thinking of the big picture, this tool will bring some clarity to your strengths and those of your colleagues to form a well rounded, effective team.

Clifton Strengths Finder: StrengthsFinder 2.0 

Based on the premise that people who focus on their areas of strength are more likely to be engaged and successful in their work, this assessment identifies each person’s top five strengths from a list of 34 identified competencies.  By knowing what their top five strengths are, individuals can capitalize on those strengths and leverage the strengths of their colleagues for optimal team performance.