Assessments for Developing Talent: New Approaches for Management Development

Building leaders, planning for succession, and other types of talent development mean matching individual capabilities with long-term organizational needs. That’s what management development assessments are all about. Because a managerial promotion that soon fails creates complications you don’t just need.

Predict the right “job fit” and likely “top performer” candidates

Profile XT®

The Profile XT® (PXT) is a multi-purpose assessment tool that measures 20 performance indicators and answers “the astronaut’s question” — Does this candidate have the “right stuff” for the job? Known as a “total person” assessment, the Profile XT will help you put the right people in the right jobs and help you duplicate top performer talent.

Common Uses for the Profile XT® include:

  • Hiring / Selection
  • Promotion fit
  • Talent development
  • Developing peak job performance models
  • Succession Planning

This highly popular assessment solution answers 4 critical questions: 1. Can they do the job? 2. How will they do the job? 3. Do they want to do the job? It also helps save you time during the hiring process and avoid costly hiring mistakes.

Prior to assessing candidates, we help you develop “top performer” performance models for your jobs against which potential candidates are measured.

Discover how to get the best performance out of each & every employee

The Birkman Method®

The Birkman Method is an assessment tool that helps you hire the right person, promote people into positions where they will succeed, build higher performing teams, develop your leaders, and reduce interpersonal workplace conflict. This “what makes people tick” and “what ticks people off” assessment provides behavioral and occupational insights that reach beyond mere self-described behavior to identify the underlying motivations that truly drive and inspire individuals. It also uncovers hidden strengths and talents in individuals that will benefit your organization, while also bringing to the surface those traits that need change to prevent them from derailing professionally.

Common Uses for The Birkman Method® include:

  • Hiring / Selection
  • Coaching
  • Management development
  • Team building
  • Conflict management
  • Succession Planning

This powerful assessment tool provides unique insight into factors that impact individual and team effectiveness and actionable tools to help individuals succeed.

Predict managerial fit and compatibility between managers and their employees

Profiles Managerial Fit Assessment™

The Profiles Managerial Fit Assessment™ (PMF) is a special report that utilizes data from the ProfileXT® assessment to measure managerial fit and critical aspects of compatibility between managers and their employees. This report offers an in-depth look at a manager’s approach to learning, as well as six critical workplace compatibility factors: self-assurance, conformity, optimism, decisiveness, self-reliance, and objectivity. Most of our clients who use the Profiles Managerial Fit report have already assessed their managers and employees using the ProfileXT® assessment.

Common Uses for the Profiles Managerial Fit Assessment™ include:

  • Improving Management Effectiveness
  • Promotion fit
  • Improving communication between manager/employees
  • Conflict management
  • Employee engagement

Consider this an “operator’s manual” for manager-employee relationships. The (PMF) gives your managers valuable information and insight to help them be more effective, more productive, and to deliver consistent results.

Predict how to improve salespeople’s performance and maximize their potential

Profiles Sales Checkpoint™

The Profiles Sales Checkpoint™ is a 180-degree feedback assessment system that helps sales managers evaluate sales people, precisely target developmental needs, enable more effective coaching and communication, align sales priorities, and improve productivity and retention.

The sales person receives comprehensive feedback from their sales manager which is compared with the salesperson’s own feedback across 19 sales-specific skills sets and the following 7 critical competencies for sales success:

  • Entrepreneurial approach
  • Understands the prospect
  • Develops appropriate solutions
  • Prospects proactively
  • Manages the selling process
  • Closes the sale
  • Manages sales relationships

The combined feedback from sales manager and employee helps outline a plan that serves to help the salesperson to grow, improve performance, and maximize their potential.

Evaluate and improve manager effectiveness

Checkpoint 360™

The CheckPoint360°™ is a management development assessment used primarily to evaluate the skills and effectiveness of your managers and leaders. Instead of a manager or leader getting performance feedback from only their boss, the individual manager or leader receives feedback from several workplace sources – their boss, several peers, and direct reports.

The assessment measures and highlights a manager or leader’s job performance in eight universal management competencies:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability
  • Relationships
  • Task management
  • Production
  • Development of others
  • Personal development

Each manager or leader completing the assessment will receive a detailed individual development plan. Those who supervise the manager/leader will receive coaching and management considerations.

The CheckPoint360°™ also proactively uncovers misaligned priorities between senior executives and front-line managers by bringing to the surface management issues that could lead to low employee productivity, morale, satisfaction, and turnover.

How will that bright employee respond to the higher-level pressures of a leadership role? Key promotion decisions are too important to leave to chance. Organizations that begin using assessments soon learn how they can be strategic tools for talent development. Find out how it works.


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Predict in advance which employees would make good leaders. And assess what training or support people will need to help them grow and maximize their potential.


Determine whether your top employees are likely to stay. Then learn what kind of support or incentives will work best for keeping each top performer engaged and safely on your team.