INSIGHT Inventory Series

Gain in-depth knowledge about your personality, understand others, improve communication.

Description

The INSIGHT Inventory is a strengths-based personality and behavioral style assessment that helps people gain in-depth insights into themselves, better understand others, and identify how to flex (adapt) their style to communicate better.

Easy-to-use
The INSIGHT Inventory was specifically developed to be easy to complete, simple to understand, and practical to apply. It uses every-day, conversational language (no codes, colors, labels, or quotients) which makes it possible for users to immediately discuss the results with each other and even with those who haven’t yet taken it.

Unique
The INSIGHT Inventory is different than other assessments on the market. Instead of labeling people and trying to predict behavior, it emphasizes that behavior may change from one situation to another. Participants describe their behavior in two different environments, work and personal, and receive two profiles. It’s important to consider different profiles because they provide “insight” into the whole person across various situations, not just a single glimpse of a person’s static personality profile or type.

Empowering
The interpretive booklet included with the INSIGHT Inventory helps users develop skills and strategies for communicating better. Special sections about flexing one’s style answer the “So what?” question with practical guidelines that can be implemented immediately to improve personal effectiveness and build stronger, more effective relationships.

There are 4 paper versions available:

• INSIGHT Inventory Self Report
• INSIGHT Inventory Self (Student/Team) Report
• INSIGHT Inventory Team Report
• INSIGHT Inventory Observer Feedback Report

INSIGHT is available online in 6 report options:

• INSIGHT Inventory Self Interpretive Report & Self Narrative Reports
• INSIGHT Inventory Team Report & Team Interpretive Report
• INSIGHT Inventory Observer Feedback Report
• INSIGHT Inventory Team MAP Report

The INSIGHT Inventory is:

• Easy to use, understand and apply
• Simple to administer and score
• Available on paper and online versions
• Strengths-based, uses positive language
• Practical and behavioural based – presents behaviours at work and at home
• Descriptive rather than labelling – no boxes, codes or colours
• Effortless to integrate with other assessments – expands on what others may have learned using DiSC, MBTI, and Big 5
• Fully validated with comprehensive research and statistical norming

The INSIGHT Inventory was specifically developed to be easy-to-understand and uses conversational language.

Conversational Language

The INSIGHT Inventory was designed to avoid labels and codes that had to be memorized or interpreted and instead uses every day terminology. This gives people positive, user-friendly terms to use when discussing their strengths with others. This is called “conversational language” because the results can be used immediately when discussing what was learned with others without the need for explanation.

No type codes, colors, EQ ratings, or catch phrases are used thus solving the problems some individuals have with these terms. With many other assessments that use colors and codes:

• Individuals can get “hung up” on the terms and view them as labeling.
• Some categories used to describe personality differences can be awkward.
• Individuals can’t remember their codes and apply skills they learned.
• Some individuals resist sharing their results because they feel stereotyped by the labels and restricted by their definitions.

Because the INSIGHT Inventory uses ever day terminology, individuals that haven’t taken it yet can still participate and feel included in conversations. Everyone immediately understands these terms; no one is left out, no one feels uncomfortable for forgetting a code, and no one has to ask what the terminology means.

The objective is to empower and include users without subjecting them to a complicated code-embedded language. Instead, they can move quickly to learning and practicing useful skills. It makes it simple for people to understand who they are and how they interact with others. The Interpretive Guide gives them skills and strategies for development they can implement immediately. This framework is why the INSIGHT Inventory is used as the foundation tool for many programs including:

• Communication & Interpersonal Skills
• Leadership & Management
• Teambuilding & Conflict Resolution
• Career Planning & Job Interviewing
• Customer Service

Bridge with other assessments

The INSIGHT Inventory complements and expands awareness when “bridged” with other assessments. It seamlessly integrates with the MBTI, DiSC, Big 5, SrengthsFinder 2.0 and many other assessments and programs.

Versions Available

The INSIGHT Inventory SELF identifies traits that are unique to each individual. It focuses on the positive characteristics and explores how to expand and maximize people’s strengths and is a strengths-based, positive, and easy to understand personality assessment. The paper-based and online (Interpretive) SELF reports are a classroom style workbook format that is ideal for training sessions or one-to-one coaching. The online SELF Narrative report is a narrated style written to the participant they can read and understand without a facilitator

• gain in-depth knowledge about their personality styles
• understand and appreciate other people’s styles
• clarify what situations are stressful and develop strategies for managing stress
• learn to flex (adapt) their style to communicate better
• improve their personal effectiveness
• build stronger, more effective relationships

INSIGHT Inventory TEAM is a self-assessment with an expanded interpretive guide for team communication and development. It identifies traits that are unique to each individual and explores how the different personalities impact the team dynamics and is a strengths-based, positive, and easy to understand personality assessment. It has an expanded interpretive guide with an emphasis on team communication. The TEAM personality profile assessment helps team members discover a more accurate perception of themselves and each other. It reveals each team member’s personality traits and teaches them how to utilize their strengths to communicate more effectively, strengthen relationships, improve team engagement and perform at a higher level. It is a classroom style booklet format that requires a facilitator or coach for interpretation. Participants will:

• gain in-depth knowledge about their personality styles
• understand and appreciate their team member’s styles
• clarify what situations are stressful and develop strategies for managing stress
• learn to flex (adapt) their style to communicate better
• learn to work better with their team leaders and managers
• understand how personality traits interrelate with the team stages
• build stronger, more effective teams

INSIGHT Inventory TEAM will help to:

• Increase awareness and productivity
• Improve team communication
• Resolve conflict and build stronger relationships

The INSIGHT Inventory Student/Teenpersonality assessment helps teenagers discover a more accurate perception of themselves and each other. It reveals their personality traits and teaches them how to utilize their strengths to communicate more effectively, strengthen relationships, and perform at a higher level. It is a classroom style booklet format that requires a facilitator or coach for interpretation. Teenagers will:

• gain in-depth knowledge about their personality styles
• understand and appreciate other people’s styles
• clarify what situations are stressful and develop strategies for managing stress
• learn to flex (adapt) their style to communicate better
• improve their personal effectiveness and self esteem
• build stronger, more effective relationships

The INSIGHT Inventory was specifically developed to be easy-to-understand and uses conversational language. It makes it simple for teenagers to understand who they are and how they interact with others. The Interpretive Guide gives them skills and strategies for development they can implement immediately. This framework is why the INSIGHT Inventory Student/Teen is used as the foundation tool for many programs including:

• Communication & Interpersonal Skills
• Leadership Skills
• Teambuilding & Conflict Resolution
• Career Planning & Job Interviewing
• At Risk Youth Programs

The INSIGHT Inventory Observer Report helps individuals learn how other people view them compared to their own self-perception. It offers a positive and non-threatening environment to discuss the differences and similarities between the profiles. The open dialogue increases self-awareness and strengthens and creates more productive relationships.

The INSIGHT Inventory Team Map provides a visual overview of a team’s INSIGHT Inventory profile results on one chart. Team members visually see each member’s profiles and the similarities and differences and gaps or clusters. This creates open discussions around team dynamics; how it impacts the team and strategies for better communication and improved team effectiveness.

INSIGHT Inventory Underlying Theory

The INSIGHT Inventory owes its theoretical heritage to three areas of research of human behavior and the founding psychologist who developed them:

1) Kurt Lewin’s field theory and sociological study of how behavior changes in different environments

2) Gordon Allport’s trait theory, use of adjectives in the measure of personality traits and, writings on “insight” as the cornerstone of mature personality

3) Raymond Cattell’s scientific application of factor analysis in the identification of personality traits and relationships between test items

Field Theory

Field Theory, developed by Dr. Kurt Lewin (1890-1947) emphasized that a person’s behavior (B) can best be understood by studying the interaction between his/her personality (P) and environmental pressures (E): B = Æ’(P, E). This theory was used because the INSIGHT Inventory asks participants to describe how they are in two environments, at work and at home. The two profiles help people determine how the different environments affect their behavior and better understand why they behave the way they do.

Trait Theory

The use of adjectives as test items for the measure of personality traits was first formally studied and given scientific credence by Dr. Gordon Allport (1897-1967). Allport and Odbert (1936) identified over 4500 words in the English language which they felt described personality characteristics. These were divided into what was believed to represent various types of traits, dispositions, habits, attitudes, intentions, and motives. As a trait theorist, Allport wrote extensively about insight which he felt represented the mature personality, one characterized by self-awareness, acceptance, and good humor. The INSIGHT Inventory credits its name to Allport’s emphasis on “insight,” which he called the most desirable of all traits.

Factor Analysis

Dr. Raymond Cattell (1905-present) pioneered the technique of using factor analysis to identify the most powerful factors of a personality test. Cattell developed the well respected Sixteen Personality Preferences assessment, commonly called the 16PF, through factor analysis. Although it has 16 scales and the INSIGHT Inventory measures four traits, they have close correlations probably due to their similar technical development. Items (adjectives) on the INSIGHT Inventory were selected based on statistical analysis of their factor loadings. This resulted in the creation of personality scales that give people a meaningful and scientific way to compare themselves with others.

What is the INSIGHT Inventory?

It’s a strengths-based personality and behavioral style assessment that helps people gain in-depth insights into themselves, better understand others, and identify how to flex their style to communicate better.

The INSIGHT Inventory is aligned with Kurt Lewin’s Field-Theory and seeks to understand behavior by identifying the impact of different environments on personality tendencies. This gives users practical ways to describe how they behave when alone and in groups. In addition, it provides an easy-to-understand model for examining the internal force field, external pressures, and their combined impact on their behavior.

Regarding the research model, the INSIGHT Inventory is more closely related to the 16-PF (Sixteen Personality Preferences) developed by Cattell and the Big 5. The scales on all three of these were developed using statistically based factor analysis.

INSIGHT’s underlying philosophy (shared somewhat with the Hogan HPI) is tied to the field of social anthropology which examines how humans actually developed the innate personality traits that allow us to survive and thrive within pairs and groups.

FAQs

Is the INSIGHT Inventory new on the market?

No. The INSIGHT Inventory is well established, now in 30th year, and well researched. In fact, it is one of only a few non-clinical assessments reviewed positively by Buro’s Mental Measurements Yearbook (an independent test review agency with extremely high academic standards).
 
Is the INSIGHT Inventory the same as the Insights Discovery assessment?

No. That is a different product and company headquartered in the UK but used widely in the US, It uses a different color-based quadrant /circumflex model.

Is the INSIGHT Inventory a DiSC instrument?

No. Since much of the copyright on the original writings of Marston and Cleaver has expired, many assessments using the DiSC model have proliferated, but the INSIGHT Inventory, however, is not related.

Is the INSIGHT Inventory a MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) derivative?

No. The MBTI was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and she credits the influence of Carl Jung’s writings on personality. There are several other Jungian derived assessments. The INSIGHT Inventory is not related yet it actually complements the MBTI and the two can be used effectively together.

Is the INSIGHT Inventory similar to Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 or TMBC’s StandOut?

No. These assessments identify general personality themes that drive people. Both of these assessments complement the INSIGHT Inventory nicely. It’s sometimes said that INSIGHT describes how a person walks and talks coming down the hall and StrengthsFinder or StandOut describe why the person is coming down the hall. People instinctively respond first to observable behavior (INSIGHT), then once a connection is made they deal with the reason driving the behavior (StrengthsFinder and Standout).

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