Not Just Another Personality Test: Understand Your Behavior to Navigate Change
The Predictive Index (P.I.) Behavioral Assessment uses your input to recognize and draw conclusions about your motivations and actions.
Written by:Tara A. Collison, Ph.D.
More than likely, personality tests will always exist in some form or another. They’ve evolved so much since their inception — from astrological horoscopes invented by ancient Babylonians to objective personality testing in 1917, invented to identify certain mental health markers in soldiers during World War I. Then, there’s the ever-popular Myers-Briggs, up to a modern-day favorite — Buzzfeed quizzes that tell you which TV-show character is most like you. The truth is, these types of tests are evergreen because at the end of the day, we all want to understand our behavior. We’re a mystery, even to ourselves.
While so many popular personality tests are baseless and more effective for a laugh than anything else, the Predictive Index (P.I.) Behavioral Assessment uses your input to recognize and draw conclusions about your motivations and actions. It doesn’t ask you to answer dozens of scenario-based questions that don’t really represent your behavior. Instead, you respond by selecting relevant choices from a list of adjectives. It gives you insight into your personality, not by charting the stars or asking for your favorite color, but by gauging your drives and needs in the context of workplace behavior.
Knowing your P.I. — a process that takes under ten minutes — can help you understand and use your strengths and natural tendencies to double down on behaviors that already work for you, or make positive, intentional change where you see fit. Once you understand the distance and terrain between your ideal self and your real self, you can create a personal development plan and start experimenting with new habits.
The irony of change being the only thing we can count on is lost on no one. However, the elusive knowledge of “self” that so many of us seek captures our interest because we know that it can help us navigate change and come out stronger on the other side. We can see beneath the surface, so to speak, and predict how we will behave in any given situation, giving us the ability to prepare and/or adapt.
The results of a P.I. Behavioral Assessment can be like a superpower used to overcome change. As a leader, if you can understand people’s motivations and behaviors, you can assemble a team who is hardwired for the task at hand. Knowing and understanding yourself (and others) is a powerful advantage, and P.I. gives you that without any tea leaves, tarot cards, timed tests, or TV-show characters.