Without Assessments You’re Working with Blinders On

assessment graphicNearly every time I debrief assessments with clients and share information about a particular trait that’s been uncovered, I hear something on the order of “Yeah, but everybody feels that way about (fill in the blank.)” The person I’m working with naturally assumes that everyone feels, for example, that it’s “always important to do your best work.”

Not so.

Some get results showing that while their best work matters, if it got in the way of their relationships they’d focus more on the people than the task itself.

How about you? Are you more focused on people or tasks? Neither one is wrong, simply a difference in personality or behavior.

Given some thought, you may be able to guess which one applies to the people you work with or lead. It’s powerful information when it comes to communication, motivation and collaboration. That’s just one of dozens of differences that surface when you work together.

That’s what assessments do for you. If you’re highly intuitive and empathetic, an assessment may back up with science what you already had an inkling about. If people skills aren’t your forte you stand to gain huge insights about others. Understanding people absolutely makes your worklife better. (Worklife isn’t a typo. I made it up. You saw it here first, my friend!)

You are the most fascinating person you know. If I put five assessment reports in front of you – yours and those of four other people – you’d pick yours to review first. It’s intriguing to learn about yourself or what makes you tick, as they say.  Even if occasionally it’s just validating something you already knew.

Once you’ve learned important nuances about your own behavior, what drives you and what you’re best at, you’re more aware that other people also have nuances that are likely different than yours. Theoretically you get that now, but in the heat of challenging work situations it’s easy to forget that different doesn’t necessarily mean wrong. Different is not the same as difficult.

Intrigued by what you could learn that you don’t know? Check this out.