The Witz Assessment is a behavioural measurement tool that is based on Dr. Eric Berne’s theory of structural analysis: The analysis of an individual’s personality. Dr. Eric Berne (May 10, 1910 – July 15, 1970) was a Canadian-born psychiatrist best known as the author of Games People Play. He was interested in understanding: Who am I? Why do I behave this way? How did I develop these habits?
His extensive study revealed that each person’s personality could be divided into distinct sources of behaviour. These sources of behaviour contain feelings, experiences and instinctive and learned behaviour that directly relate to and influence a particular pattern of behaviour.
Witz has advanced the study of structural analysis by creating a measurement tool that measures tangible attributes concerning communication styles, leadership, effective management, stress responses, assertiveness, outward and inward expression and emotional reactions. Combined with a self-esteem audit, the Witz Assessment provides a predictive index that favourably supports hiring decisions as well as leadership and management practices. It will reveal how an individual’s personality will dictate their communication style, management style and leadership style, as well as look at the root cause of particular patterns of behaviour.
The Witz Assessment places high emphasis on identifying individual strengths as well as exposing potential limiting behavioural responses. It strongly reflects positive and negative values within each candidate and highlights an individual’s preferred communication style with others. Mathematical values measure an individual’s thinking, feeling and choice of action reflecting their responses to individuals, circumstances and environment.
The Witz Assessment is designed in such a way as to make it extremely difficult to calculate false positive or false negative responses. It can be linked to an organization’s key performance indicators or core competencies, predicting coping mechanisms in a particular role. This facilitates a better understanding of each person on the team by being more perceptive to how their personality dictates their behaviour. It is able to recommend which areas need to be developed and how to modify behaviour to best support the particular circumstance. A comprehensive and relevant training program can then be customized.
The Witz Assessment is called The Multi-Rater Personality Inventory TM (MRPI) and it is designed to optimize behavioural and personal competencies in order to accelerate performance. It has been in use for more than 20 years and has been validated using results that represent multiple organizations residing in North America and elsewhere in the world.
The MRPI includes a 360 element of six personality/behavioural groups and effectively used to focus development, to measure improvements, and to support recruitment efforts. Recent research on the MRPI shows that its six personality styles have competitive power to predict the self-esteem of a large group of employees representing a wide range of industry sectors, culture, age, gender, job type and level.
CORE COMPENTENCIES MEASURED BY THE MRPI
- Decisive: is quick and informed when making decisions based on facts.
- Results Oriented: has the objective firmly in mind at all times, is able to convey needs and set appropriate boundaries while empowering others.
- Principled: relies on well-grounded values.
- Delegates: passes the task, authority and responsibility outlining clear parameters to others easily and effectively.
- Assertive: states needs, wants, requirements and position through appropriate and clear communication in the face of conflict or resistance.
- Dependable: presents a willingness to take on tasks and projects to gain desired results.
- Encouraging/Invests in Others: demonstrates a willingness to assist and accommodate others in a spirit of generosity and warmth and lends a sympathetic ear.
- Coaching/Mentoring: provides an amiable, safe and comfortable environment and exhibits concern, thus gaining trust within the leadership role.
- Maturity: assesses self accurately, sets personal goals, monitors progress, and demonstrates self-control. Places activities within a larger context and applies procedures in a flexible and responsible manner.
- Listens Actively: has the ability to understand what individuals are saying and gets the meaning behind their words.
- Sound Judgement/Logical: acquires necessary data and facts to assess a situation, outcome and issues demonstrating a balanced approach.
- Problem Solving/Probing: asks all relevant questions and evaluates alternatives in order to assemble comprehensive and optimal solutions.
- Manages Conflict: adjusts style/approach to situations and persons as needed to resolve conflicts.
- Creative: has the ability to “think outside the box”.
- Initiating: is ambitious while actively taking initiative to start projects and conversations.
- Passionate: exhibits a competitive tendency and displays passion through verbal and demonstrative communication.
- Persuasive: uses a charismatic style to promote the issue and gain agreement.
- Reflective: utilizes appropriate internalization time to reflect and contemplate issues and situations.
- Independent: has a strong will and functions independently of supervision with purpose.
- Persistent/Tenacious/Driven: demonstrates determination, resolve and the ability to self-motivate.