The value of coaching & psychometric testing

Sometimes, when you are in the frame, you can’t see the picture…”

What is coaching?

Results from coaching can be incredibly affective. This can be as simple as facilitating goal setting and prioritising daily routines to maximising work life balance, to life changing decisions such as career change, management progression or major business success. I can assist in giving you clarity, focus, confidence and success (however you choose to define it.)

Coaching is a very specific methodology in which I have been trained. I am here to help you find your most creative ideas and solutions to the challenges you face each day.

At some point in their lives, most people hit a plateau feel stuck there; whether at work or with life in general. I can help you work out;

  • What you want to do

  • What is holding you back

  • What you could do

  • What you will do

and then I keep you accountable, focussed on their plan and moving forward.

What is psychometric testing and personality assessment?

Based on your own answers, personality self-assessments can predict how you may be likely to behave in different situations at work, what is important to you and why you do what you. Surprisingly, these are preferences that are quite often, outside our current awareness. Put simply, they indicate

  • what you are like at work

  • what’s important to you

  • how you prefer to do things

  • how others may be likely to view you.

There are no right or wrong answers, the results are always interpreted against your own work based goals, which are established before you complete an assessment. Any assessment results are completely confidential and are simply a basis upon which to form a coaching conversation and development plan.

How personality assessments work…

Assessments are based on the well-known 5 Factor Model of Personality used in personality research and psychology. These are known as Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism (although this is increasingly referred to as Emotional Stability and Confidence). Extensive research has shown that work based personality questionnaires can achieve strong reliability and validity; hundreds of validation studies demonstrate the extent to which the assessments predict performance.

Why use personality assessment and coaching together?

People are sometimes uncomfortable talking about themselves. By using personality assessment tools together with coaching, we can often get to the heart of the matter, quicker and provide a short cut to better understanding of oneself and one’s situation. This is because their answers will have already revealed their view of themselves through the questionnaire. The results hold a mirror up to your perception of yourself, analysed through a psychological model. Based on answers provided, using the two approaches together can give an immediate framework and provide a good context for a coaching conversation, valuable reflection and resulting inspiration to take place.

They can provide clear signs and paths that we can use to reflect on preferred styles of behaviour and competencies.

How can coaching and personality assessment can benefit me?

In combination, coaching and personality assessments can help you personally, by improving your self-awareness. We all think we know ourselves, but scientific research suggests otherwise; in fact, our self-awareness can be surprisingly low. What is more, people rarely tell us what they really think about us! You may be totally unaware of how you come across when under stress or pressure, or even when you are bored or feeling undervalued or unappreciated.

If we are struggling, sometimes we can’t immediately see what the issue is and we cannot address what we are not aware of.

Personality assessment can help you better understand your underlying work style, what’s important to you, and what could impact behaviour at work. It allows you to have a clearer view of your strengths and areas for development and the type of workplace in which you are likely to thrive.

Everyone behaves differently when they are “at their best” or “managing their reputation”. So if you can become more aware of how you behave on “a bad day” you can develop strategies to help you manage your “workplace derailers” and learn how to manage your relationships with others better. As a result, you can be more strategic and objective in your choices, actions and reactions, which in turn can have a major impact on your satisfaction and success as work.