Our 3 top profiling tools and why you should be using them
Personality profiling and behavioural science tools are used in the workplace to screen and assess candidates, cultivate top performers and manage, train or coach more effectively, based on behavioural styles.
For optimal insight into the people and culture of your workplace, here are our top three profiling tools, which can be either used separately or combined:
1. DISC Behavioural Profiling
The DISC behavioural profiling tool is used universally to identify particular behavioural styles and preferred communication styles. It provides data to help you understand your strengths and limitations, and practice behavioural flexibility to bring out the best in communications with other people.
Dominance: How we deal with challenges
Influence: How we deal with people and contacts
Steadiness: How we deal with pace and consistency
Compliance: How we deal with constraints and procedures
Your CEO may be a busy, fast-paced, "D" personality type who needs you to be very direct in your communication style, whereas a colleague with more of stabilising, quiet, "S" energy may need to ease into a communication or be given time and space to reflect before responding.
Using DISC profiling to better understand yourself and others, empowers you to choose and practice the most effective style of behaviour and communication for any given situation. When putting a team together, your ability to read or assess other people’s preferred styles can help you achieve the right balance and diversity for optimal teamwork and productivity.
2. Workplace Motivational Profiling
This profiling is based on the theory that there are six potential attitudes or motivators that drive people towards action in the workplace:
Theoretical: driven by truth
Utilitarian: driven by return-on-investment
Aesthetic: driven by beauty and harmony
Social: driven by peace and justice
Individualistic: driven by leadership
Traditional: driven by higher purpose
Motivators are strongly linked to people’s values, so these can potentially cause conflict within groups. Within a group of people, if you share common motivators, you will tend to get on really well, but if you have polar opposite motivators, you might find that you clash. Motivational profiling is therefore an invaluable tool for effective team structuring, managing, problem solving and conflict resolution.
3. EQ Emotional Intelligence Profiling
EQ profiling focuses on the five pillars of emotional intelligence that reflect your ability to not only understand yourself and others, but to apply that insight to the way you operate and interact.
The Five Pillars of Emotional Intelligence:
Self Awareness: Awareness of your own moods, emotions, motivators and impact
Self Regulation: Ability to control your mood, suspend judgement and think before acting
Motivation: Drive to pursue your goals with passion, purpose and persistence
Empathy: Awareness of, and acting respectfully towards, other people’s emotions
Social Skills: Proficiency in managing relationships, networking and building rapport
You may have a high dimension of self awareness but not necessarily have empathy with other people or understand why they do what they do. Or you may be highly motivated but lacking in social skills. EQ profiling allows you to recognise where you may need to develop your competencies, so you can build your EQ, which is one of the most sought after leadership skills.
What are the benefits of behavioural, motivational and EQ profiling?
For directors, managers and emerging leaders within your organisation, there are many benefits to being able to measure, analyse and understand your own strengths and limitations, as well as those of your team members. These include:
Staff engagement and an awareness of each person’s unique value within in the group.
Leadership development, individual self-reflection and the opportunity to be coached, using an action plan that is tailored to the individual’s role.
Decoding communication issues within an organisation, which is a proactive approach conflict resolution.
Behavioural flexibility, gained by the awareness and practice of different communication styles, allowing you to communicate appropriately and effectively with different personality types.
Diversity and organisational change, creating or restructuring teams with a balance of different behavioural strengths and energies for an optimally productive and functional workplace culture.
Combined group profiling with individual debriefing, allowing leaders to strategically analyse and improve their management styles and empowering teams to understand and leverage their group dynamic.
Complex people issues are often caused by differing personalities and communication styles. WorkPlacePLUS offers a range of behavioural profiling services to assist with communication issues, team building and performance management within your organisation.
Our executive coaching, professional training programs and conflict resolution services can incorporate behavioural profiling as an effective measurement tool for improving management styles, boosting productivity and cultivating a harmonious workplace environment.
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