A key element of working with our clients is to help them in their first step of analysis by identifying the cognitive styles of the individuals and the type of culture that exists in their organization. Based on the context of the organization’s issues, we select the instruments that will help to provide knowledge and understanding necessary to solve the complex problems being faced. Having this knowledge and understanding helps to make the invisible visible, strategically leverage the diversity, and move towards creating systemic solutions that address root causes.
Below are some of the cultural and personal profile instruments that we use in our work.
Individual Profile Instruments
The ISPI® highlights an individual’s predispositions for a certain type of innovation. The ISPI® makes visible the way an individual prefers to solve problems, what impacts their motivation, passion and decision making, as well as how they prefer to deal with control and work with others.
Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (KAI)
The KAI highlights preferences and personal style in the arena of creative problem solving and change. Knowing more about how you and others around you prefer to approach problems and manage change can help you understand how to leverage and manage the diversity of styles found in the workplace. This instrument may be of particular interest to you as you work with other individuals and teams who are experiencing interpersonal conflict or facing change.
Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B)
The FIRO-B focuses on 3 particular areas, a person’s need and expression for inclusion, control and affection. It is a tool for helping uncover potential conflicts between two people or in groups. It provides a safe way to talk about existing “issues”. It provides a common language and articulates the differences people have regarding interpersonal needs.
Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)
The SDI highlights individual and team strengths and looks at how teams work together under normal and pressured conditions. It is an inventory for taking stock of motivational values, which are the basis for how you feel and act in different situations. It can greatly help you understand your own personal strengths in relation to others.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI is an instrument that provides feedback on how you focus your attention, take in information, make decisions, and interact with others. It also can be useful in understanding where your special strengths lie, what kinds of work you might enjoy and would be successful doing, and how people with different preferences can relate to each other and be valuable to society.
The Kolbe System is the latest in a series of successful psychological systems for creative problem solving. The first part of the Kolbe System is a 36-question survey, the Kolbe ATM index or KCI® that reveals your individual mix of striving instincts that drive you to take action and flow naturally. These striving instincts are divided into four Action Modes. These action modes are divided into three operational zones. This creates a 12-part chart of Impact Factors that summarizes how you naturally contribute in each of the four action modes. The KCI® is a comprehensive, yet simple and reliable chart of how your unique instincts help you creatively solve problems.
Culture Profile Instruments
The Four Cultures instrument identifies an organizations culture by measuring its sociability and solidarity indices. Sociability is a measure of friendliness and personal relationships within an organization. Solidarity is a measure of common understanding and motivation towards business goals, mutual tasks and shared goals.
Denison Culture Survey
The Denison Culture Survey measures twelve key areas of an organization. These twelve key areas exist in four groups: Involvement, Consistency, Adaptability, and Mission. The measurements and survey results help to identify key driving influences behind a culture that results in desired business outcomes.
Organizational Environmental Survey
The Organizational Environmental Survey characterizes your organization’s current and desired directional movement relative to the key principles of innovation. It provides insight required to more clearly define the desired organization’s future state.
Intercultural Development Inventory
The Intercultural Development Inventory is a self-assessment inventory that determines an individual’s current level of sensitivity to cultural differences between themselves and people from other social/cultural groups. It is an effective tool for developing one’s cross-cultural competencies.