A surgeon uses the same set of skills to underpin a range of treatments, from stitching a wound to performing open heart surgery. An architect uses the same set of principles to design everything from a single room extension to a monumental skyscraper. Just like our fellow professionals, we have a core set of expertises and tools that enable us to help our clients – people just like you – to make the changes they want and need with the minimum of fuss, time and effort.
Whether it’s personal coaching and change, workshops or training courses, or designing and delivering entire development programmes or projects, we know we can combine what we have with what you bring to create just what you want.
As well as the capability that two decade’s experience in education, corporate R&D, competitive & consumer intelligence and training & development brings, our favourite assessment, awareness and development tools fit into three layers of our psyche:
Behaviour – What we DO.
By examining what we actually do, especially from other’s points of view, we can get a proper grasp of our interactions with others and the world at large.
Where changes in behaviour are required, we use a combination of standard and NLP-based coaching, along with more formal training via workshops, courses and full programmes.
Attitudes & Values – What we THINK & BELIEVE.
These are one of the components that drive our behaviour, and also to some extent determine the kinds of work and home environments we find engaging and motivating.
Changes in Attitudes & Values are tricky to train conventionally, so we focus more on NLP-based coaching, mentoring, and experiential workshops and programmes.
Personality- Who we ARE.
Personality, as measured by psychometric profiling tools and models, reveals the structure of our thinking, feeling and acting, at a more fundamental level. To investigate our personalities properly means we need to use an analytical tool, and for this we usually favour the very widely applicable MBTI®, or the more business-focused Facet5.
Personality is almost impossible to change significantly, so our focus here is on working with our clients to deepen their understanding and maximise the use of their strengths whilst managing the potential risks that all personality types and traits carry inherently. Our focus is on increasing flexibility, authenticity and competency along with mutual respect for others preferences, and we employ a range of coaching approaches along with experiential training and development programmes.
(Note: These tools are more focused on positive growth and development in a professional or business capacity, but we also work with individuals with specific issues on a more personal level and one of the tools we use in that context is hypnosis - click here for more specific information.)
Click on the headings below to reveal more details about the contents of our toolbox:
It’s a variant of one of the most rigorously researched and validated personality models available – the so-called ‘Big 5′ model. Because of these solid foundations, Facet5 users are guaranteed a set of practically applicable insights into their own personality, enabling you to drill down into the detail of the five fundamental aspects of your personality: Will, Energy, Affection, Control, and Emotionality.
Facet5 has five main arenas of use:
- Personal Development
- Recruitment & Selection
- Team Dynamics
- Leadership & Management
- Strategy & Organisational Development
MBTI®: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (Step 1 & 2)
There are two levels – Step 1 and Step 2 – within the MBTI framework. Step 1 is the general tool that is most well-known and provides us with an analysis of our underlying personality ‘type’ from a profile of our preferences around attention and energy, how we experience and process the world, our decision-making and analysing styles and our overall attitude towards order, organisation and time. Step 2 goes much deeper and provides a more detailed examination of the component parts of those preferences, providing a richer foundation for personal awareness and longer-term development and growth.
The MBTI is, though, perhaps most frequently used for:
- Personal Awareness & Growth (Step 1 / 2)
- Career Counselling (Step 1 / 2)
- Long-term Coaching & Development (Step 2)
- Communication & Relationships (Step 1 / 2)
- Team Dynamics (Step 1)
- Leading, Managing & Influencing (Step 1 / 2)
- Stress Management (Step 1 / 2)
To find out more about how MBTI can help you in your own development, or your organisation in developing its people, get in touch today, or visit Oxford Psychological Press (who own the UK rights to the MBTI) for even more details.
The 360° technique allows you to gather feedback from key people around you, without direct reference to where each piece of feedback came from. This means that those offering the feedback are more likely to feel free to tell the truth as they see it, rather than how they think you’d like to be told it! And since the 360° is a technique rather than a set questionnaire, the questions can be carefully tailored for a specific context or need.
Provided some key conditions are met relating to the people you ask for feedback, the 360° report that comes back to you offers a unique opportunity to check your own view against that of those who you work with, find areas of agreement and opportunities for development.
A 360° Feedback process is most often used in a business context for:
- Personal Awareness & Growth
- Management & Leadership Development
- Customer & Client Service Improvement
- Career Development
- Training Needs Assessment
- Executive Coaching
(*We access this tool via one of our training partners.)
SDI® - Strengths Deployment Inventory*
As well as dealing with and avoiding conflict, the SDI results give a head-start on how best to motivate others to act and is therefore highly applicable to teamwork, management and leadership.
Unlike the MBTI and Facet5, which are highly useful when used on an intra-personal basis and can then be utilised within a team, the SDI’s design means that it’s real power comes when used on an inter-personal basis, though it can still yield useful learning points when used for a sole profile.
We recommend using the SDI for:
- Team-Building & Team Effectiveness
- Motivational Management & Leadership Development
- Mediation & Conflict Management Training
- ‘New to Position’ Coaching & Training
- Team, Department & Organisational Culture Assessment
- Trouble-Shooting Consultancy
If you’d like to find out more about how the SDI can help you and your organisation as a whole get in touch today. Before you contact us, you might want to take a look at the Personal Strengths website for more details on the tool and its applications.
(*We access this tool via one of our training partners.)