A UNIQUE ABILITY IN ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENTS AND INDIVIDUAL TESTING
Hidden within his credentials is Dr. Al’s background in perception, cognition, memory, psychometrics, psychophysics, test construction and statistics. That represents much effort learning how people’s minds work to construct their worlds. The end product of his scholarship is his knowing about measuring the mind’s workings. (See also our companion website The Assessments Center.)
For centuries psychology explored what lay beneath the surface of observable human nature. The psyche of mind continues to be challenged with describing and explaining the qualities of perception, knowledge, aptitude, skill, attitude, belief, disposition, and personality.
After noticing that schizophrenic patients associated vastly different things with inkblots than other patients, Hermann Rorschach, following some experimentation, created the first version of the inkblot test as a measure of schizophrenia in 1921. The test, however, only came to be used as a form of personality assessment in the late 1930s. Since then, psychologists have frequently used the various aspects of people’s responses (e.g., inkblot focus area) to make judgment calls about broad personality traits. Ironically, Rorschach himself had been skeptical about the inkblots’ value in assessing personality.
Another early effort to observe mental properties comes from studying illusions. How does the mind trick itself into perceiving one thing at one moment in time, and then perceiving the exact same stimulus differently in the next moment? Take for example the following graphic example of a spinning girl…
The Spinning Girl Illusion*
*Original design by Nobuyuki Kayahara (2003), Reinterpreted by Wei-Hwa Huang, October 14th, 2007 (Wiki-Commons)
The point of this graphic is that you can force your perception to change even though the stimuli on the screen are exactly the same. Try it: Make all three girls spin in the same direction, and then reverse direction. When you do this, you’ll realize that you don’t have to perceive what the labels suggest you should perceive.
In business, how many times have you unconsciously forced yourself to “see things differently” and were glad you did?
OUR APPROACH: WE SYSTEMATICALLY EVALUATE INDIVIDUALS, TEAMS AND WHOLE ORGANIZATIONS. WHY?
Our answer: You can’t build a functionally healthy individual who works in a dysfunctional organization. You can’t construct a strong team using disengaged individuals. And you won’t successfully realize organizational health, growth and profitability if your teams and individuals are managed to do no more than what meets unchanging expectations.
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