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Self-Assessments – How Have They Changed Your World?

post dispatchBelow is an excerpt from my latest St. Louis Post-Dispatch career column.


After spending decades in Human Resources and more than 14 years as an executive coach, I’ve seen (and taken) my fair share of career and personality assessments.

There’s the Kolbe, Foursight, Myers-Briggs, Strength Finders, DiSC, Brain PathWays, Personal Insights and Life Styles Inventory, and I even created my own Change Management assessment. All of them serve a purpose and have a distinct application to help you discover yourself and your patterns of behavior.

The popularity of these tests continues to thrive. They are as addicting as makeover TV shows!

Here’s my question: Are you using what you have learned from these tests and where is that learning taking you in your career journey?

Let’s go back to the makeover TV show comparison for a moment. Often, individuals who had a makeover let the style go and some even go back to what they had before. Why? Because we are creatures of habit and have a hard time reprograming our brains to respond or act differently. No matter what assessment tool you use, you must not only find the right tool for your needs, but have the discipline to stay on top of it!

So, having said all that, I want to introduce you to yet ANOTHER assessment! It’s called The Birkman Method and here’s why you should seriously consider using it. The Birkman Method is the only assessment I’ve found that truly captures underlying needs. It examines your personality and perceptions in a social context and combines behavioral and occupational data in one assessment. I have found it more beneficial than any assessment I’ve ever taken and I now use it on a regular basis with my clients.