Just when it seems like we have seen it all, something is seen, witnessed, heard or read about that you just shake your head and go, R – E – A – L – L – Y ?
The idea of people taking an assessment is excellent. One may take one on their own to discover what their strengths and weaknesses are, what their personality type is, what their abilities might be for a career change, who might be the perfect mate for them and many more results.
Often these assessments are taken online and the report is returned fairly rapidly along with possible enhancements – read upsells. One example might be a report which would provide ways to improve the specific weaknesses identified, if your personality is one type how to interact with each of the other personality types, potential career options based upon the results, dating sites with lists of potential candidates who meet your perfect mate criteria and much more.
My personal and realistic approach is often review an assessment report with a client or a prospect to confirm who they really are and this establishes our ground rules for engagement. But this story is not about me. It is about the misuse and labeling that is going on with certain assessments in certain companies.
There are companies which have their employees taking an assessment each month. The theory is to identify through the assessment if everything is going well or if there are any ‘changes’ they might identify quickly in order to react to a potential problem.
Other companies incorporate the resulting letter combination or color combination from the resulting report and these are placed upon the name badge for all to see at the company. They may be placed on the outside of the office door or on the side of the cubicle. The thinking behind the display of the personality type from the assessment is to permit each person to ‘know’ how to speak with the other person. Should this be repeated here?
“The thinking behind the display of the personality type from the assessment is to permit each person to ‘know’ how to speak with the other person.”
The thought flashed in my mind while listening to these occurrences – what has happened to communication? What will communication be like in ten or twenty years? Consider how much people who are under thirty years old today rely upon texting, social media or other electronic methods of communication. They may very well require a personality badge worn by everyone and the educational skill sets along with it in order to effectively communicate with the traits which the badge letter combination or color combination may offer in order to speak and interact with each real live person they may meet.
This is utterly ridiculous you say to me! Really? Consider for a moment the process of ordering in any establishment today in the fast food industry. You must order the meal by the number. It is either a one or a two or a four or a five. The cashier needs the number to place your order and to know what your cost will be. Try ordering outside of the menu numbering system and the food preparers all the way through the line may have issues. If you want to pay in cash you will need to walk the cashier through the process. If your order total is $5.23 and you hand the cashier $10.25 in order to receive a five dollar bill for change and they have already entered $5.23 – the cashier might melt down.
Now if we just knew what their personality code was?
Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.