The Personal Potential Appraisal System
What motivates you? What causes you to act in a particular way? Why do you live and work the way you do? Understand these things about yourself (and your team) and you've got your hands on powerful self-knowledge.
This is the goal of "The Appraisal". As part of your work with Kathy Clayton, you will be asked to complete the Personal Potential Appraisal System™ ("Appraisal") input form. This four-page, multiple-choice questionnaire yields a 30+ page personal analysis. The Appraisal creates an understanding of your specific life/work motivations, explains how you live and work, and identifies options tailored to make the most of your personal traits.
What the Appraisal Reveals
The appraisal points out your right- or left-brain orientation, management/leadership style, social interaction style and your conflict/communication style in both the work world and your personal relationships.
The Appraisal uncovers these details about you:
Core traits - these 23 traits are the foundation for the entire appraisal, indicating motivations, both positive and negative. Clients learn which motivational areas require cultivation for a more satisfying, positive experience and discover which factors they revert to in times of stress, as well as factors that cause internal conflicts regarding participation and interaction.
Work and management factors - Clients discover the environments in which they thrive (or falter), including leadership, conflict, social, performance and mechanical.
Communication and information processing - When an individual understands how he/she is wired to engage with the world, doors open and opportunities abound. Clients learn whether their communication is right brain, left brain, intuitive, visceral or mechanical, as well as discover how they either allow or block information coming to them. They also learn how they want to receive and give information, what the best classroom/office setting is and the best kind of teacher or boss. The outcome: a foundation for effectively communicating your ideas, intentions and beliefs with others.
Worker trait code charts - derived from the US Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. These charts provide insight into what the best job is for you based on your motivations in the following areas: interest, temperament, data/people/things, as well as aptitude, reasoning, math and language.
The Appraisal Process
Early in the coaching process you will fill out the simple Appraisal questionnaire. Kathy will then compile and analyze the results, and prepare them for you in a book of about 30 pages, with explanations and visual charts. The Appraisal will be reviewed and explained to you during the fourth coaching session; this review is always audio-recorded to help you retain the vast amount of information covered.
After you've gathered the wisdom uncovered through your Appraisal, Kathy will assist you through your coaching sessions in making use of what you've learned about yourself.
Group Summary Charts:
Understanding Group Dynamics
How do your traits mesh with the traits of others, influencing the results achieved by all combined?
Group Summary Charts (GSC) are designed for teams (leadership, management, operations, sales, etc.), small businesses, partnerships, couples and groups undergoing joint coaching. Two to eight individual appraisals are combined, creating a dynamic view of a small business, partnership, work group, executive team, or couple. The individuals in the group then understand how their unique efforts influence the other group members and they begin to see the advantages of working together.
Kathy works with each team to develop strategies for long-term success based on the motivations of each team member as well as the motivational interaction that occurs within the team. By removing the dynamic of right/wrong, good/bad thinking, attention is now given to identification and implementation of effective strategies that work with the team to support organizational goals as well as honor individual team members.
The Group Summary Charts
highlight the following important areas:
Interaction - examines relationship and communication styles, specifically identifying team players and solo workers.
Communication - identifies how each team member uses cues such as tone of voice and body language to "read" and communicate with others.
Situation Assessment - outlines how willing each person is to embrace change or take a risk as opportunities and challenges are presented.
Mental Processing - clarifies the decision-making and problem-solving dynamics of the group's members, looking at originality, intuition, discovery, organization and application of ideas and information.
Implementation - reveals how effectively the group and individuals translate thought into action and results.
Personal Autonomy - examines motivation to connect with others or to remain autonomous, to be fully present or to withdraw, to be territorial or self-deprecating.
Organizational Priorities Regarding Self and Others - identifies a person's focus on self within the group or organization.
Social Assertiveness - examines the balance between passiveness and assertiveness.
The Story Behind the Appraisal
The Personal Potential Appraisal System, developed over the past 40 years by Ken Neils, is loosely based on the work of Frederick Kuder and his Kuder Preference Record. Kuder's work created a set of "inventories" relating an individual's motivations and behavior.