The Birkman Method

The Birkman Method consists of a personality assessment and a series of related report sets that facilitate team building, executive coaching, leadership development, career counseling and interpersonal conflict resolution. The assessment tool identifies the respondent’s everyday interpersonal style (usual behavior), underlying motivations and needs, and stress behaviors.

 Change Style Indicator

Published by Discovery Learning, the Change Style Indicator is a change management assessment designed to measure preferred styles in approaching and dealing with change. The Change Style Indicator identifies strengths and pitfalls of change style characteristics. Knowing one’s change style preferences can allow individuals to work together as a team, revising work processes and delivering more satisfactory results. It looks at factors that can impact an organization’s readiness to deal with and sustain change in challenging times. The tool will place participants on the change style continuum ranging from a Conserver style to an Originator style. A third style, the Pragmatist, occupies the middle range of the continuum. The three styles display distinct differences and preferences when approaching change.

DiSC Behavioral Profile

DiSC is an instrument that unlocks the door to productive communication and relationships by uncovering how people tend to behave in workplace settings.  DiSC Dimensions of Behavior provides non-judgmental language for exploring behavioral issues. It helps people explore behavior across four primary dimensions: dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness.  It also helps individuals assess to what degree they tap into each dimension of behavior in a situation, and serves as a springboard for discussing how to adapt one’s behavior to be more effective.


The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i®) is the first scientifically validated and most widely used Emotional Intelligence assessment in the world. Based on more than 20 years of research worldwide, the EQ-i examines an individual’s social and emotional strengths and weaknesses according to a self-report on their life and workplace performance in 15 key areas of emotional skill. By identifying the areas that need improvement, the client can immediately begin developing those areas. At the same time, areas where the client excels can be leveraged to their full potential to maximize effectiveness in daily tasks. (from,


Based on The Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation Model, this measure helps individuals understand their behavior—and that of others—in interpersonal situations. It is often used as a tool to aid in leadership development, team building initiatives, interpersonal communication and effectiveness, and conflict management. The FIRO-B assessment tool is designed to improve organizational effectiveness by describing how individuals behave and how they affect others by measuring three interpersonal communication needs–involvement, influence, and connection.  The measure builds on the history and reliability of the FIRO model with new, business focused language.

Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)

The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) 360 is an observer-based tool used by leaders and managers to assess the degree to which individuals “practice” Kouzes and Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Model , which includes Modeling the Way, Inspiring a Shared Vision, Challenging the Process, Enabling Others to Act, and Encouraging the Heart.

Mayer-Salovey-Carusso emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)

The MSCEIT is an ability test of emotional intelligence designed for adult ages 17 years and older.  Normative data are from a sample of 5,000 individuals.The MSCEIT asks test takers to:

  • Identify the emotions expressed by a face or in designs.
  • Generate a mood and solve problems with that mood.
  • Define the causes of different emotions.
  •  Understand the progression of emotions.
  • Determine how to best include emotion in our thinking in situations that involve ourselves or other people.


Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a self-assessment instrument helps individuals understand personality preferences in how one perceives the world and makes decisions.  It may also enhance one’s ability to appreciate the differences in others.  The measure is often used to enhance professional development, aid in team building, and to help facilitate communication and collaboration.

 Strengths Deployment Inventory

The SDI was developed by psychologist, clinical therapist, and educator Elias H. Porter, Ph.D and is published by Personal Strengths Publishing.  It is built upon his theory of Relationship Awareness – a learning model for effectively and accurately understanding the motive behind our behavior.  Recognizing another’s style can greatly enhance our ability to communicate more effectively AND handle conflict more productively.  [Note:  the thing that makes SDI significantly different from DiSC or even MBTI is in the insights it provides about conflict styles]

 Strong Interest Inventory

With the highly reliable Strong Interest Inventory® assessment, students can discover their interests, preferences, and personal styles—exactly the information they need to select classes or choose a career they can be passionate about.  (From,

 Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI)

Designed to measure an individual’s behavior in conflict situations.   This widely used measure provides insight into how different conflict-handling styles affect interpersonal behavior and group dynamics.  It is often used as a resource for conflict management, team building, leadership development and coaching, and retention efforts.

 Workplace Big Five

The WorkPlace Big Five Profile 4.0™ is a personality assessment based on the Five-Factor Model of Personality, the current standard for psychologists. With only 107 questions, busy workers find WorkPlace easy to complete online in 10 – 15 minutes.  WorkPlace is written in straightforward language specifically for business applications:

  • Team building
  • Leadership development
  • Performance coaching
  • Job Selection and hiring
  • Succession planning
  • Management/supervisory training
  • Career development
  • Sales training
  • Conflict management