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It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Someone has to ask the hard questions, create clarity out of complex information and ambiguous situations—and then make the high stakes decisions required. Someone has to be the leader, driving the company forward.

Vision and decision strength start at the top. Leaders need to be strategists who can evaluate options, anticipate consequences, set priorities and determine the critical factors affecting the outcome of decisions. Effective leaders have strong analytical skills and the ability to energize an entire organization. 

Whether you’re an executive search firm looking for the best candidates to present to your clients or a search team looking for the right person to lead your company’s growth, you need the best tool to identify leaders with the strategic skills to lead in a complex world.  The metrics reported on  INSIGHT Executive , part of our complete line of professional tests , have been rigorously calibrated to identify how high stakes decisions are made and to measure the mindsets that make a leader effective.

INSIGHT Executive is not an easy test; it is designed to challenge the decision skills of members of the corporate leadership team.  To score well, the test taker must excel in the sustained, focused and integrated application of core reasoning skills. Comprehensive individual reports document strengths and weaknesses in 15 core components of leadership decision making.

  • INSIGHT Executive Part I assesses 10 mental mindsets such as maturity in judgment, tolerance, integrity and ability to motivate.
  • INSIGHT Executive Part II assesses 5 cognitive decision skills , using complex business scenarios that require individuals to make judgments based on conflicting or incomplete data involving internal or external challenges.

Our reports identify decision-makers who have the strategic skills to foster innovation and drive growth.

Contact us today to arrange a preview.  You don’t have to wait to add the power of an online assessment to your executive recruitment and development programs. INSIGHT assessments are available anywhere in the world with results in minutes.

Insight Assessment, critical thinking,

Assessment of thinking skills is an essential component of documenting student learning.  Many colleges and universities prioritize critical thinking student learning outcomes because they recognize that building critical thinking skills and mindset is key to student success . High quality validated group data like that reported by Insight Assessment test instruments is widely used for admissions, accreditation, curriculum evaluation and to improve student retention and success.

Universities and students collectively gain from institutional assessment commitments, but what’s in it for individual students?  More specifically, what can motivate students to give their best on the critical thinking learning outcome assessment?

Many Insight Assessment clients offer printable individual reports to students after the testing is completed.  Most people will make a greater effort on an assessment if they believe the result has personal relevance and might be useful to them. Students are often motivated to take our critical thinking assessments seriously because they see the personal value of good performance on these metrics.

Insight Assessment comprehensive individual reports document specific strengths and weaknesses in critical thinking skills or attributes. Numeric scores, categorical rankings and national percentile comparisons are reported for key components of critical thinking skills.  Descriptions are provided defining each element being measured and why it is important.

Students receive a personalized report showing learning and career related critical thinking skills, an affirmation of the quality of their own thinking ability, and the opportunity to benchmark themselves as compared to national percentiles for undergraduate or graduate students.  The objective analysis reported is highly relevant to students as they prepare for their future careers.  Learning about their personal performance is often a motivating factor for future effort at self-improvement.

Regardless of degree program, strong critical thinking predicts college success, professional licensure, job hire, and government service rank.

Insight Assessment excels at providing research-based critical thinking assessments designed specifically for undergraduates and graduate professional students .  Our critical thinking test instruments deliver objective, validated high quality individual and group data. The decision to give students their own individual thinking reports will increase the value and benefits of your institutional assessment program. Contact us to gert started.

Tolerance

Every aspect of business deals with customers.  Whether your group’s customers are an internal team or the end customer, the attitudes of every employee affect sales success. There is no question in today’s economy that this level of quality is stressful. So every group needs to demonstrate tolerance and cooperation to enable sales and heighten customer satisfaction.

You need to be certain your staff, collectively and individually, is measurably tolerant in order to work through your customers’ problems. With today’s constraints it can be difficult to assess tolerance without crossing lines, but true employee assessment doesn’t have to be hard.  Results for  Tolerance and 14 other key thinking skills and attributes  are presented on Insight Assessment’s comprehensive reports.  For example:

  • Insight Assessment measures tolerance because effective employees demonstrate open-mindedness as well as respect for diversity, different perspectives, opinions and suggestions. Tolerance is valuable in all settings, but most important when functions require interaction with clients, customers, suppliers, colleagues or coworkers from broadly diverse demographic backgrounds.

You need objective actionable data delivered in a cost-effective way.  Take the stress out of employee assessment with INSIGHT effortless integration into your current human resource processes, easy online administration and results in your inbox within minutes. INSIGHT Business Professional individual reports provide metrics on the test-taker’s strengths and weaknesses in essential cognitive skills and mindset attributes required for high stakes decision making and problem solving.

Contact us to get validated data for your assessment needs from prescreening candidates to leadership development and program evaluation.

Have you exercised your thinking today

“Exercising our critical thinking helps our minds become stronger, healthier, and more youthful. Our approach, proven successful by us and by others, is simple, practical, and focused. To strengthen critical thinking skills, we have to use them. To build positive critical thinking habits of mind, we have to see critical thinking as the optimal approach for solving real-world problems and making important decisions.

 “We all may have different beliefs, values, perspectives, and experiences influencing our problem solving and decision making. But we share the human capacity to be reflective, analytical, open-minded, and systematic about thinking through our problems and choices, so that we can make the best judgments possible about what to believe or what to do. That process of well-reasoned, reflective judgment is critical thinking.”

 “What more could we wish for one another than we all should seek to know the truth, walk in the light of well-trained reason, be courageous, have the intellectual integrity to stand strong, and that, no matter what our chronological age, that we should stay mentally forever young?”

                    Excerpted from the Preface to Think Critically , 2016, Facione & Gittens. Pearson Publishing

How can I improve my thinking abilities?

We all know people who are committed to rigorous regimens of exercise, diet and training programs. These individuals know their body will be stronger with exercise.   But how many of us know someone who takes a disciplined approach to improving their thinking skills and habits of mind? Yet like our muscles, our brain gets stronger with practice. Research shows that your brain grows stronger when you give it a workout by studying new information, learning new skills or reflecting on new experiences.

If you want to practice your skills or see the types of questions that might appear on a critical thinking test:

  • download the Insight Assessment app, Critical Thinking Insight . The comprehensive in app purchasable personal assessments deliver scores and individual analysis on key elements of your thinking. Specific suggestions for improvement help you interpret your scores and grow even stronger in each area covered by the personal assessment. These personal assessments are based on the employment and educational test instruments Insight Assessment provides to business, health care agencies, colleges & high schools around the world.
  • to gain an overview of critical thinking and how the skills and habits of mind go together in problem solving and decision making, we suggest the essay Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts”.   

Get your week off to a good start. Use your critical thinking skills; exercise them every day.

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