The power of data

I’m always thrilled to see how participants respond to data from psychometric tools. Granted, even the best of these should only be taken as a momentary snapshot of input into a questionnaire. But as far as comparisons with larger data sets of people in one’s own demographic (work experience, industry, education level, etc.), and with good scicence-based frameworks underpinning these, the level of introspection and questioning that results is powerful.

I’m grateful to have led a four-hour session recently with a number of business leaders recently. They were a highly engaged, diverse and international group, with most of them coming from overseas locations to my home town of Durham, North Carolina. I appreciate the levels to which these leaders went in exercising curiosity over their results, and being vulnerable in front of their peers when talking about their areas of improvement.

The book that underpins the PSI Emotional Intelligence Profile tool.

Emotional intelligence, I argue along with a lot of others, is ever-more important in a world that is so inter-connected and interdependent. No amount (yet) of artificial intelligence can provide an adequate substitute for human-to-human connection and empathy. I particularly like the PSI model (built on JCA’s research) that stresses the importance of self-regard and regard for others as foundational blocks that inform one’s attitudes, feelings and behaviors.

And now they are all off on their 30-day habit change plan – inspired by the results of their self-assessment and conversations with their peers. Super cool! If you want to know more about the session and explore this as a way to make your organization more inclusive and innovative, give us a shout.