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Personality and Workstyle Assessment Tool Selection

Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

My organization is seeking to use an assessment tool to improve self-awareness, team building and communication, like MBTI or DiSC.  As a next step, I'd like to illustrate to our leadership the strengths and considerations of different tools in order to make a decision about which one will best meet our business objectives and fit our culture.  I've put together quite a bit of data myself, but want to make it more comprehensive.  Does anyone have a reference or know of a service that provides a good comparison?

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One of the most useful, independent assessment review resources is Buro's Mental Measurements Yearbook. Think of them as the "consumer reports" of testing. While you won't get side-by-side comparisons you'll be able to read reviews of each assessment. That is assuming they have submitted for review. While you're at it, check out the INSIGHT Inventory - best of both worlds, easy to use, positive, strength-based yet reliable and valid. Plus it has Team Maps and 360 available.
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Laurie, I think the 1st step has to be how you will measure the impact to self-awareness, team building, & communication (yes I know that is not an easy step). I have done (as participant or trainer) DiSC, Myers Brigs, and several other tools over the years. To get the most out of them the business goals should drive you to which works best. Then the data can tell you something like "after DiSC attrition lowered by 1% and after Myers Brigs it lowered 5%" (*made up stats). Hope that helps.
Thanks, Keith. I appreciate your input! I've seen those you listed, but thanks for confirming what I'm finding to be true- that there doesn't seem to be a great selection guide for these tools.
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Laurie, I don't have a specific side by side that I have used. I did a quick search online (I'm sure you've already done this) and found several including:
1. https://www.discoveryreport.com/DISC-and-MBTI-Myers-Briggs-Type-Indicator.html
2. https://www.workstyle.io/best-personality-test
3. https://www.typefinder.com/blog/myers-briggs-vs-disc-mental-models-detailed-comparison
If I had a super-source I'd tell you, but there do seem to be some out there. I hope that helps.
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That work is started. I'm all about measurable objectives. We have targeted areas, now I'm looking for a good side-by-side comparison. Do you know of any resources for that information?
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