Social Styles Inventory
This tool is used for individuals or groups of individuals to understand each other�s behaviors, in order to work effectively together, creating a high performance workplace.
- Understand how others view your behavior.
- Understand why you find some relationships more productive than others.
- Develop insight about your behavioral strengths and behavioral weaknesses.
- Make reliable assessments about another person�s behavior.
- Develop a way of communicating with others that considers their behavioral needs and preferences.
- Build on your strengths and the strengths of others to develop productive relationships.
Employees experience problems at work that are due to lack of interpersonal skills, and overwhelmingly agree that SOCIAL STYLE helps improve working relationships.*
- 88% have seen communication breakdowns at work due to Style differences.
- 87% have seen conflict situations due to Style differences.
- 80% said that SOCIAL STYLE training has helped them have more effective relationships with co-workers.
Versatility is a measure of a person�s Image, Presentation, Competence, and Feedback, the areas that contribute to a person�s interpersonal skills. Versatility is a significant component of overall success, comparable to intelligence, previous work experience, and personality.
- TAIS is used around the world for the selection and training of high-level performers in sport, business, and the military.
- TAIS measures the specific concentration, and interpersonal skills necessary for effective decision-making, and for the coordination of mental and physical processes in high-pressure situations.
- TAIS results allow you to identify the specific environmental conditions likely to facilitate and/or interfere with an individual's ability to make effective decisions and perform at the upper limits of their physical and mental potential.
- TAIS results also allow you to identify the specific behaviors an individual needs to change to improve performance.
The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory, is a 144 item self-report questionnaire that measures twenty different concentration skills, personal and interpersonal attributes. Those specific concentration skills and personality characteristics can be thought of as the building blocks upon which more complex human behaviors depend.
Concentration skills, and the ability to shift both the width and direction (internal vs. external) of what are critical determinants of success or failure in virtually any performance situation. Just as you cannot cross the street safely, without paying attention to performance relevant cues, you also cannot communicate with another individual effectively without paying attention to the right cues. You cannot problem solve, without shifting attention and focusing on task relevant cues. You cannot get out of the starting blocks in the Olympics in time to win the race, without paying attention to the right cues.
The ability to shift attention, to pay attention to the right cues is affected by two things: 1) The strength of a particular focus of concentration. For example, some people find it easier to attend to internal cues than they do to external ones. Some individuals find it easier to narrow concentration than they do to broaden their focus. 2) Changes in emotional arousal have a direct effect on the ability to shift ones focus of attention.
Scores on the TAIS attentional scales allow you to identify an individual�s concentration strengths and relative weaknesses. Scores on TAIS personal and interpersonal scales allow you to anticipate the types of performance situations which are likely to interfere with a person�s ability to control their level of emotional arousal. These two pieces of information, combined with an understanding of the concentration skills and interpersonal characteristics required by any specific performance situation will allow you to anticipate how a person will perform under pressure, and help you determine the specific steps that will be most helpful in overcoming any identified problem.
Profile of Mood States
A test designed to measure certain psychological traits. Profile Of Mood States (POMS) is a popular tool among sport psychologists who have used it to compare the prevailing moods of elite athletes and non-athletes. Six mood states are used in POMS:
Participants are given a score for each trait according to their responses to certain statements which include key words such as unhappy, tense, careless, and cheerful. For each statement, subjects state how they feel at that moment, or how they felt over the previous day, few days, or week, by choosing one of the following responses: not at all; a little; moderately; quite a lot; extremely.
Elite athletes from different sports (including runners, rowers, and wrestlers) tend to score below average for negative states such as tension, depression, fatigue, and confusion; and score well above average on vigor. When presented on a graph, the POMS profile for these elite athletes assumes a characteristic shape that has been called the �iceberg� profile; the better the athlete, the more pronounced the profile.
Profile of Mood States. The 'iceberg' profile characteristic of elite athletes.
From Morgan, W.P. (1980) Test of the champions: the iceberg profile. Psychology Today. 6 July. 92-108.
POMS may be used to diagnose overtraining because the shape of the profile becomes inverted when an athlete overtrains.
Advanced Feedback Technology (Biofeedback)
What is Biofeedback?
Goal of Biofeedback:
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise non-invasive instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, heart variability, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately "feed back" information to the user. The presentation of this information � often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior � supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.
- Voluntary self-regulation
- Ability to achieve the bodily changes without the feedback instrument
Through biofeedback a person experiencing migraines can learn to ward off headaches. A person who experienced a stroke may regain muscle use. Children and adults diagnosed with ADD or ADHD may see improved concentration and control. Individuals with stress-related disorders learn to relax and improve their overall health.