A Review of Neuroscience-Based Assessment Tools
When it comes to assessments and diagnostic tools, Difficult Change presents us with unique challenges. People may:
- try to give the "right" answers. - not trust those leading the change and avoid being honest. - be insufficiently introspective.
These and a myriad of other obstacles will limit the potential benefit of using assessment tools to support the success of teams and individuals. Neuroscience-based assessment and diagnostic tools overcome many of these obstacles in ways that are built-in the tools themselves and are well worth knowing about!
There is no shortage of brilliant Neuroscience research, which can be both exciting and overwhelming. The sheer amount of new findings is sometimes difficult to consume. After certifying and training hundreds of change leaders, one of the things that seems to come up frequently is applicability. It can sometimes be unclear how to apply this new vast knowledge in ways that provide value in real world-settings.
The purpose of this article is to review one specific application area where Neuroscience findings have crystalized into powerful, tangible application models: assessment tools. In particular, I'll review and compare three leading neuroscience-based assessment tools, looking at their significant contribution to facilitating change in general and difficult change in particular from my subjective perspective as a change facilitator, "user," and Certifying Partner.
How Do Neuroscience-Based Assessment Tools Support Difficult Change?
While Neuroscience-based assessment tools have obvious benefits for other purposes (like recruiting), this article specifically explores the benefits they offer when it comes to difficult change:
Goal-setting: A powerful diagnostic tool is an extremely powerful "partner" when it comes to defining deep, meaningful goals that support individuals and teams by seeing the whole picture. It is also particularly valuable when individuals and teams are not sufficiently introspective or mindful, when they draw faulty