Neuroscience-Based Diagnostic Tools

As someone who studied to use a variety of different assessment and diagnostic tools over the years, I'm a huge fan of the power of Neuroscience-based assessment tools to help guide people through difficult change! Here is some an insight into why Neuroscience-based assessments are so powerful.

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One of the most common questions I get asked when guiding individuals, teams, and organizations to read their diagnostic report is "so what now...what can I do about it?"

I'm sure that like me, you are familiar with numerous personality and performance diagnostic tools. Tools like MBTI, DISC, the Leadership Circle, Predictive Index (in no particular order) are highly reliable and validated and have paved the way to numerous transformations. So what is so unique about Neuroscience-based diagnostic tools that needs our special attention?

From Descriptive to Prescriptive

The first powerful thing about Neuroscience-based diagnostic and assessment tools is that they don't simply describe. Instead, they identify causes. At KCI, using Neuroscience-based assessment tools allows us to separate between symptoms, core causes, how people respond, and which skills (if acquired) will lead to achieving desired outcomes.

Neuroscience-based diagnostic tools are uniquely designed to support people through difficult change because they answer why things are the way they are, not just what is and what isn't. Traditional diagnostic tools will accurately identify the degree to which an individual is precise, organized, detail oriented, collaborative, and supportive. This makes traditional diagnostic tools invaluable in the context of recruiting, for example. Neuroscience-based diagnostic tools will pinpoint WHY a particular combination of thinking and response patterns is creating obstacles for a specific people, which makes them far better suited to support transformation.

Neuroscience-based diagnostic tools map all the elements traditional tools measure, but as importantly, they identify what exactly is blocking the client from achieving desired outcomes. Many times the reason people are not achieving their goals, the why of it that can be found only with a very deep understanding of how an individual or team is "wired," is not at all what we might expect.

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