A Sik Mind? With Dr George Sik - December 2014
Monday, 15th December 2014
A Sik Mind?
With Dr George Sik BSc (Hons), PhD, C.Psychol, C.Sci, AFBPsS
With coaching ever more essential in the workplace, it is always fascinating to see psychometrics employed in this field. Although traditionally associated with selection, personality profiling is increasingly used in learning and development and indeed the area of coaching specifically, with our instrument, The Quest Profiler, being no exception. The section about Conflict Styles and Conflict Resolution, for example, helps remind us that different people deal with conflicts and adversarial situations in different ways, and the better we understand these, the more we can see why conflicts might have occurred in the past and try to stop them from happening in the future. Mediation is becoming a more scientific process whether on a larger scale – such as conflicts between nations – or a smaller one, where smaller numbers of people are involved, and here coaching can be extremely helpful.
One feature to help coaches which we provide in The Quest Profiler is the series of development pages which accompany the competencies where an individual may not be performing so strongly. These were developed because so often psychometrics will diagnose but then leave it there. These pages go further, helping both the coach and the individual receiving coaches to pick up on behaviour which can be modified and how to go about doing so (including details of development initiatives and even books around the various competency areas). Coaches who have used this feature tell us that it makes their job easier by helping spell out some specifics that those being coached can work on. It is one of the things that makes the Quest Profiler an especially practical tool for developing talent.