In a 2015 Harvard Business Review article titled, Personality Tests Can Help Balance a Team, the authors discuss the benefits of personality tests and team profiling in helping organisations balance their teams. They explain;
“It’s just plain hard to get people working together the way you’d like. That’s because left to our own devices, we are often too greedy and self-centred to collaborate, preferring instead to compete as individuals.”
Some of the effects of a balanced team are collaboration, productivity and greater efficiency. In this article, I will briefly review traditional profiling methods and highlight the application and benefits of the Emergenetics® Profile.
Traditional methods of profiling
There are numerous psychometric/team profiling tools available. For instance, a Google search for “psychometric profile’’ generates over 8 million results. Some of the tools you’ll find online are free but, whilst they might be fun to do, they have very little research or science behind them. You may be familiar with some of the more widely used tools such as MBTI, DISC, Insights and Belbin.
Psychometric testing continues to be a powerful tool used to drive certain improvements in organisations. Common uses are in recruitment, candidate selection in talent programmes, self-development and team development. Industry data suggests that more than 75 percent of The Times Best Companies to Work For and 80 percent of Fortune 500 firms use them. Companies sometimes get it wrong but it is rare to meet an HR professional who hasn’t used psychometric testing in some shape or form.
Yet, limitations of traditional profiling tools exist. In recruitment, if only particular preferences or types are desired as a 'good fit" then teams may miss out on opportunities to build diversity. Almost one-third of organisations do not require individuals to have training before they facilitate a psychometric test, according to a survey by Personnel Today in conjunction with Network HR. Hence, the experience level of the facilitator could impact the outcomes of the testing.
Furthermore, we have learned a lot about the human brain and how it influences our behaviours and thinking preferences. Several aspects of new findings are not embedded into traditional profiling tools, which were developed many decades ago.
Introduction to Emergenetics®
Developed through years of psychometric research, the Emergenetics® Profile distinctively measures how you think and behave. It is the next evolution of tools available to organisations, teams and individuals who might be familiar with traditional profiling methods.
The Emergenetics® Profile accurately measures three behavioural attributes (Expressiveness, Assertiveness, Flexibility) and four thinking attributes (Analytical, Structural, Social, Conceptual). The attributes are represented in a clear, colour-coded report, making it memorable and applicable immediately.
Benefits of Emergenetics®
Emergenetics® is rooted in the concept that who you are today is the emergence of your behaviour, genetic makeup and life experiences. This insight can be hugely valuable from an individual level to an organisational level because it helps to increase self-awareness around preferences and hence, it enables you to work more effectively with others.
Here are the benefits for individuals:
- Identify activities/situations that play to your natural strengths and those that might require more of your energy
- Discover how you can adapt your style to work more effectively with others
Here are the benefits for teams:
- Understand how yourself and others prefer to work
- Identify and focus on areas of improvement for your team
- Build a team that delivers results not just as a group of individuals
Here are some of the benefits for organisations:
- Increased productivity across your organisation
- Identify and deploy complimentary project teams
- Develop impactful internal communications with a common language that engages and inspires your entire organisation
- Successfully manage and embed organisational change
- More effective business development, sales and marketing efforts
How Emergenetics® Compares to Traditional Profiling Methods
Emergenetics® bases its approach on the latest brain science and research. It measures against the population-at-large. This makes the tool statistically more viable than many of the more traditional psychometric profiling instruments. It separates behaviours from thinking preferences. For instance, a person with an analytical preference isn’t necessarily introverted.
The final report is displayed in an insightful and visually appealing package that helps generate the right discussions. However, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the final report. Emergenetics® has many levels of practical applications for the individual, and for teams. When the results are explored with a trained professional, it proves to be extremely powerful in achieving individual, team and organisational objectives.
Getting the Best from Emergenetics®
Too often personality profiles languish at the bottom of drawers gathering dust, and the benefits are never truly realised. As well as your hard copy profile, with our free for life coaching app, available on iOS, Android and on the web, you can use Emergenetics® on-the-go whenever you need it.
Going into a meeting with a colleague? Compare your profile with theirs before the meeting and get tips for working together effectively.
Building a project team? Check out the group profile feature to review the balance of the team and any gaps you might need to fill.
Want to communicate more effectively? Use the coaching aids to help you improve communication in a variety of situations from setting goals and giving feedback, to running effective meetings and resolving conflict amongst others.
Links to Useful Emergenetics® Resources