Tools We Use and Resources We’d Like to Share
Here you will find details on the assessment tools we use for many of our programs. They are carefully selected, highly respected and require an extensive educational effort to gain certification in their use. We are also sharing some resources you might find useful, including books that have inspired us and “best of” image memes from our social media posts and newsletters. Bookmark this page and check back often – we add new resources regularly.
The Leadership Circle™
The people at the Leadership Circle say it best when describing their powerful leadership tools:
“The field of leadership development is a fragmented collection of theories and practices. The Leadership Circle has taken the best of what has been learned over the last half century and woven it into the first Unified Theory of Leadership Development to arise in the field. Based on this unique framework, we offer a complete and integrated System of Leadership Development.”
The three primary tools offered by the Leadership Circle, and used alone or in concert with each other, include:
The Leadership Circle™ Profile offers a comprehensive, actionable profile of leadership skills . It also employs the most humane and useful 360 tool we have ever worked with and which was the subject of a recent blog.) In short The Leadership Circle Profile is designed to accelerate leadership effectiveness beyond traditional competency-based approaches.
The Leadership Circle Culture Survey helps uncover the ‘gap’ between the existing leadership culture, and the desired leadership culture. It also reveals key opportunities for leadership excellence.
The Leadership System is a multi-component, whole system approach to building leadership excellence from the inside out. It includes a combination of Leadership Circle assessments, workshops, developmental surveys and cohort groups that exploring hard-hitting leadership topics,
These tools are used extensively in The Right Reflection’s Leadership Excellence programs.
The Emergenetics Profile is designed from a psychometric foundation to give each of us an in-depth knowledge of our unique make-up, and provides an understanding of the person that we are. It helps us see ourselves more clearly and reveals a strengths-based foundation on which to build our job satisfaction and overall life endeavors.
VIA Survey (Values in Action)
The VIA Survey of Character Strengths is a self-assessment that provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the VIA Survey focuses on your best qualities. It is regarded as a central tool of positive psychology and has been used in hundreds of research studies and taken by over 5 million people in over 190 countries resulting in better workplaces and better lives the world over.
The Change Style Indicator
The Change Style Indicator is a leadership assessment tool designed to measure an individual’s preferred style in approaching and addressing change. It provides leaders of all levels with insights on personal preferences for managing through change and provides context for how those around them might perceive and respond to their preferred style.
Change Navigator was developed for change leaders. It takes participants on a journey through the stages of transition that are common to periods of change and helps people to understand and navigate them. It focuses on the emotions of individuals as they navigate change and the predictable stages of transition. The assessment measures where individuals will fall in the four stages of transition for a specific change event:
A Few of our Favorite Memes:
What’s on My Kindle?
What I love about this book is that it combines two of my top interests in one topic: unconscious bias and growth vs. fixed mindset. When I conduct workshops on unconscious bias, everyone is nervous to begin with. We feel that if have any bias (conscious or unconscious), we are bad people. So we invest a lot of energy in proving that we don’t have bias.
In a conversational, accessible way, Chugh shows how we can be good people and still have bias. She redefines what it means to be a good person as someone who is trying to be better, as opposed to someone who is allowing themselves to believe in the illusion that they are always a good person.
This book is about the subtle influence of stereotype threat or something the author refers to as Identity Contingencies. Identity Contingencies are those parts of our identity that have a great influence on our success and development. From Chapter 1: “The purpose of this book is nothing less than to bring this poorly understood part of social reality into view. I hope to convince you that ignoring it—allowing our creed of individualism, for example, to push it into the shadows—is costly, to our own personal success and development, to the quality of life in an identity-diverse society and world, and to our ability to fix some of the bad ways that identity still influences the distribution of outcomes in society. How do identity contingencies influence us? Some constrain our behavior down on the ground, like restricted access to a public swimming pool. Others, just as powerful, influence us more subtly, not by constraining behavior on the ground but by putting a threat in the air.” A must-read for anyone interested in uncovering and mitigating unconscious bias.
Steele, Claude M.. W. W. Norton & Company.
I am always on the look out for a good quotation. As the author of this collection, Russ Kick says, “Many of the best quotes are like the best poems: they point to a truth, but they don’t spell it out. You get an insight, but it’s up to you to figure out what to do with it, how to implement it.” I return to this collection whenever I’m looking for some inspiration.
Kick, Russ. Red Wheel Weiser
The premise is that certain “function” words tell us more about individuals than nouns, verbs, etc. He describes function words as “pronouns, articles, prepositions and a handful of other small words that reveal parts of your personality, thinking style, emotional state, and connections with others. These words account for less than one – tenth of 1 percent of your vocabulary but make up almost 60 percent of the words you use. Your brain is not wired to notice them but if you pay close attention, you will start to see their subtle power.
Pennebaker, James W., Bloomsbury Publishing
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