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Use Powerful Assessments to Build Top Teams - Column #192

Marcus Straub
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Are you looking for a way to hire correctly the first time, reduce turnover and increase retention? Do you want to improve the engagement and productivity of your team? Would discovering the specific areas for training and professional development that would deliver the greatest return on your investment appeal to you? Do you wish you had access to clear-cut information that would enable you to place your team members in positions where they would be the most effective and happiest?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then accurate, non-biased, comprehensive and federally compliant assessments could be just what you need.

One of the biggest challenges business owners face in building a team of top performers is a lack of credible, unbiased information. It’s what you don’t know that really limits your potential. Having clear, powerful and accurate information positions you to build and develop the best team possible.

There are five key assessments that lead the charge in building a great team.

Behaviors: Behavioral assessments and effective training positions individuals to gain more understanding of themselves and others. They come to appreciate the differences in people and adapt their communication styles for more effective communication. Team members are also exposed to their time wasters, areas to improve and how they break down under pressure. Combined with effective coaching, team members learn how to manage these for superior performance. Assessment results enhance the hiring process by predicting how an individual will perform.

Driving forces (motivators): An assessment that measures driving forces helps illuminate and amplify a person’s motivating factors. Motivators are the aspects of life about which people are passionate, those things they perceive as important or the thoughts that provide purpose and direction in life. Motivators drive our behaviors and motivate our actions. By combining coaching, training and the knowledge of motivators, you can position and encourage team members in ways that satisfy their inner drives right from the start. The results will benefit both hiring and coaching initiatives by revealing why individuals act the way they do and what motivates their behaviors.

Emotional intelligence: An EQ assessment helps identify how well a person manages emotions and how that affects their relationships with others. The assessment looks at a person’s ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions to facilitate higher levels of collaboration and productivity.

Business acumen indicator: This assessment is unique in its ability to assess how astutely people analyze and interpret their experiences. Acumen, or keenness and depth of perception or discernment, is directly related to performance. The stronger a person’s acumen, the more aware he or she is of the realities of both external and internal worlds and the better the effective response. This report provides insights into the thought processes of people that affect performance, reveals what they can do and describes their potential for superior performance.

Competencies: This assessment describes what an individual’s strengths are in 25 research-based capacities, or personal skills, directly related to the business environment. The top skills outlined in the report highlight individuals’ well-developed capabilities and reveal the areas where they’re most effective. The results also provide a straightforward and easy way to close gaps in competencies necessary for top performance. When used as a benchmarking tool, this component helps ensure the inherent skills of each individual match the personal skills required by the job.

This suite of powerful assessments provides business owners with high-quality, unbiased information that’s critical in successfully hiring, placing and developing team members. These assessments provide a level of understanding and clarity you and your team can’t get anywhere else. Combined with professional development and training, this powerful information creates greater buy-in; enhances communication and teamwork; and increases productivity, job satisfaction and talent retention.

The positive effects on business performance are exceptional. The companies with which I work have never experienced anything less than amazing results after going through the assessment and overview process and my professional development program.

If you’re going to hire effectively, identify where gaps in abilities exist, train with the greatest effects, retain talent and build a team of top performers, then high-quality assessments are essential to your success.

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