During a dinner with friends, have you ever discussed the actions and behaviors that everyone is used to doing daily?
With colleagues, in the cafeteria or at the coffee machine, do you laugh at some of your habits or anecdotes that make you different?
At Jump! we recently started comparing and laughing about how we load our dishwashers – even sharing photos of our dishwashers! Which led us to some serious thinking (we have both sides of Mini-Wheats!)
Our personality is revealed through the gestures we wear daily, the way we handle certain situations, and which makes us unique. We call them observable behaviors.
By grouping together several of these, we demonstrate skills and, by modifying or acquiring new observable behaviors, new skills can thus be developed. And, consequently, come to put in perspective the psychometric profile of each one.
– What are observable behaviors?
– Why are they essential elements in the psychometric assessment?
– How do they influence our personal development?
– What advantages can we derive from knowing ourselves better?
To answer these questions, I had the pleasure of discussing with Marie-Christine Drolet, president of AtmanCo, a psychometric platform helping companies in the hiring, management, and development of employees, including Jump! is a proud partner.
Throughout the text I have included dishwasher photos of several members of the Jump team!
Have fun guessing everyone’s personality through these photos, just like we did!
What are observable behaviors?
As the term implies, observable behaviors are the actions we take, the ways we act in certain situations, and which are observable with the naked eye.
When we group together several of these behaviors, we find specific skills. By modifying, stopping or developing different observable behaviors, we can thus develop and maximize different skills that allow us to evolve as an individual.
When we become aware of these behaviors, whether they are innate or learned, we can thus evolve as an individual, one gesture and one habit at a time.
Essential elements in the psychometric assessment
Have you ever taken a psychometric test and when reviewing the results told yourself that certain aspects did not represent you?
Psychometric tests identify the propensity of people towards certain personality traits, the most natural and profound way of being of individuals.
Marie-Christine points out that the disadvantage of psychometric tests is that they put people in “boxes” and can lead to errors in interpretation.
“Over the years, people develop behaviors and acquire tools and ways of doing things, which allow them to evolve and influence, and even change, certain skills.”
She adds that the best way to get a good profile is to combine psychometric testing with observable behaviors.
In this way, certain gaps can be explained, and development potentials identified.
– An experienced person whose psychometric test shows that his sense of organization is rather low, but that daily, he is organized and structured. It is that over the years she has developed tools and behaviors that allow her to develop this skill.
– Conversely, a person with less experience in the labor market and demonstrating strength in strategic planning, has not necessarily acquired it. However, this demonstrates a natural talent and development potential through appropriate support.
How do observable behaviors influence our development?
Thus, by adopting specific behaviors and capitalizing on others that we already master, we develop new skills that make us more effective at work. In addition, we can exploit our full potential through personalized support, by learning what and how to do.
This development can thus be achieved through an approach that is as structured as it is personalized. The Atman platform, beyond personality traits, makes it possible to measure more than 50 skills. For each of the skills, several behaviors are attached to them.
Through a self-assessment, combined with that of another person (usually the manager), we can thus identify behaviors to adopt to acquire the targeted skills.
Marie-Christine raises the importance of this key element.
“This approach allows for constructive conversations and exchanges that allow people to develop in a positive environment. It offers the opportunity to make the right choices, by establishing objective and common SMART goals. ”
By identifying the causes, the why, that certain behaviors are or are not adopted, coaching is thus facilitated, adding to the toolbox of the manager and the employee.
Strategic talent planning is optimized by supervising the development of all employees – and not only those identified as the next generation.
Getting to know each other better to evolve better
It is much easier to adopt new approaches and acquire new knowledge when we are fully aware of our means, our strengths, and areas for improvement.
“This allows people to maximize the natural strengths and talents they possess, and then work on less natural aspects,” says Marie-Christine. “By opting for the natural, the innate, less energy is required, and the gains are greater. ”
Better understanding, improved collaboration
The difference between different types of personalities and the perception that people have between them influences professional and personal relationships. And most of the time, misunderstandings and false perceptions cause disagreements, sometimes even conflict.
By being aware of our own strengths and skills, and by being more informed about those of others with whom we interact, it becomes easier to understand each other. Collaboration becomes improved, people naturally come to take an interest and question others to better understand, and thus better evolve. Teams can therefore perform better in a positive environment.
The employee retention rate can only improve and this collaboration between all improves the performance of the company.
And you, how do you fill your dishwasher?
The consultants at Jump! are certified level 1 and 2 on the AtmanCo psychometric platform, a comprehensive and advanced psychometric solution that offers a broad set of tools for the selection, management, and development of employees.
Do you want to discuss your talent management strategy that will allow you to maximize your recruitment and retention efforts, and support your growth?
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