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As the school year begins, Insight Assessment salutes all teachers as they return to the classroom. Educators have one of the most important jobs in the world—preparing students with the knowledge, skills and motivation they will need to learn and to succeed. 

Good thinking is our strongest defense against ignorance and intolerance. Students possessing strength in critical thinking are better equipped to solve problems, to understand and to integrate content material, and to achieve in school. And that achievement prepares them for tomorrow.

The most successful teachers are those who both nurture and challenge thinking.  The more children are asked to exercise their core critical thinking skills, the stronger these skills become.

Every day good teachers create opportunities for their students to ask questions, analyze information and develop their skills.  Effective educators motivate students to solve problems thoughtfully and to evaluate new information and sources. To teach thinking, teachers work hard to model good thinking every day. They demand good thinking, test for good thinking and reward good thinking in their grading practices.

Everyone involved in delivering quality learning, from the instructor to the administrator, plays an essential part in the growth and success of the next generation.  Strong thinking is the common denominator of success throughout the world.   No society, local or global, can sustain itself and flourish without its members learning to think well together.

We urge everyone to take time to thank teachers for their year round enthusiasm and commitment to promoting thinking and learning.

Every new hire is a security risk

From minor theft of office supplies to serious embezzlement, the costs of dishonesty mount quickly

A recent survey from the SHRM found that HR professionals are looking for values like integrity, dependability, reliability and adaptability in entry level hires. But they expressed low confidence in the most popular ways to judge these skills in candidates—job applications and resumes.

Assessments were cited as a more accurate method—and harder to fake. They are likely to be used more often in the future.

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Yes, Honesty Can be Tested!

An objective assessment of your workforce makes good business sense.

  • “Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without, you really want them to be dumb and lazy.” ― Warren Buffett

Don’t wait for another incident to impact your company’s morale, performance or reputation. Align your people to the desired business results.

Measuring Honesty Pays Off for Numerous Businesses

Trustworthy individuals conduct themselves with integrity, honesty, ethics and truthfulness. They demonstrate respect for property and rules. Candid communication is key to building a culture of integrity.  Some examples of business uses include: 

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching -- CS Lewis

Rely on INSIGHT metrics for honesty

Now you can set standards. Hire employees who make decisions and take action in alignment with core values such as honesty, respect and commitment to your company mission. Verify your company values are being embraced by using  INSIGHT assessments.

Measure honesty and nine other mindset attributes that characterize good workers, managers and executives. Unbiased detailed individual reports analyze strengths and weaknesses on key mindset attributes as well as essential cognitive skills.

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INSIGHT offers specialized instruments for our clients in business, healthcare, education, law and government. Assessments are available in multiple versions. You can target the skills of accountability that you require from frontline workers to senior management.

You need to be able to trust your employees. Gain a competitive edge by using our measurement tools.

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Businesses big or small must run lean and agile to succeed.  Every dollar invested must pay off by growing the market and profits. That’s why businesses think long and hard about the decision to allocate money for hiring new staff. A bad decision can damage a business and cripple a small company.

Hiring decisions are filled with risk. Each employee has to bring valuable skills and be self-motivated these days. They need to be good problem solvers, fast learners and responsible with a strong work ethic.  A bad investment in an employee who can’t or won’t produce results costs your business not just money but also the lost opportunities that could have been funded by those dollars.

INSIGHT Business Staff provides easy to use, cost effective, online employee assessments that take the risk out of hiring. Comprehensive individual reports objectively document candidate strengths and weaknesses in 15 essential workplace thinking skills and mindset attributes:

Big or small, join the increasing numbers of businesses that are using validated INSIGHT assessments to gather reliable data to prescreen new employees. Staffing decisions should be founded on objective relevant data delivered by Insight Assessment .

Contact us to get the metrics you need to identify the employees who will grow with your company. 

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In “Distressed Reasoning” Dr. Peter Facione writes, “Higher education anywhere in the world cannot be considered successful unless it guides students to reason well in all contexts, even those that may be distressing.  Critical thinking is essential not only for educational success, but for success in the workplace and in our personal lives.  Critical thinking is also essential if democracy is to flourish. We all must learn to reason together, even about issues people find to be emotionally volatile, e.g. immigration, climate change, religious freedom, same sex marriage, domestic terrorism, K-12 education.  The best college level educational experiences are those that challenge us to bring fair-mindedness, reason, mutual respect and solid evidence to emotionally difficult topics. The best standardized critical thinking tests do the same.”

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Are you looking for practical problem solvers?

24/7 in every economic sector, employees are trying to solve problems—with a customer, a part, a change, an application and more.  Competent staff members are expected to be able to do what it takes to accomplish their tasks.  If the right person was selected for the job, many things play into the solution—an awareness of company policies and procedures, the correct identification of the core issue, knowledge of available options and the commitment to finding the best resolution.  If the staff member doesn’t have good problem solving skills, then too often the business suffers.

5 Business staff problem solving skills needed to achieve company goals:

  • Situation Comprehension: the ability to analyze and understand business situations, to keep details in proportion, and to focus on the elements of the work that matter.  Staff members with strong analytical and interpretive skills contribute to team productivity and efficiency.
  • Evaluating Choices:the ability to differentiate the quality of different possible choices and to explain the reasons behind that evaluation. Successful problem solvers offer sound opinions and provide good reasons for their thought process.
  • Anticipating Outcomes: the ability to anticipate logical consequences and outcomes of actions and decisions. Strong skills enable staff to contribute to team problem solving, to anticipate the needs of clients and customers and to offer suggestions which can help an organization deliver its products and services more effectively and efficiently.
  • Numeric Literacy:the ability to perform well when vital information is presented in charts, graphs, text or tables. Numeric literacy is essential in today's workplace, but particularly for those whose work involves sales, budgets, invoicing, payables, receivables, or responding to customer questions about any of these concerns.
  • OVERALL Workplace Problem Solving Skills: the integration of thinking and reasoning skills needed to address workplace situations requiring practical problem solving at the organization's staff levels.

INSIGHT Business Staff is calibrated to objectively assess these job related judgment skills needed for customer satisfaction and project success.

INSIGHT Business Staff presents everyday scenarios which require staff to understand business situations, keep details in proportion and focus on elements of the work that matter. Problems require anticipating the needs of clients, understanding numerical information and contributing to team problem solving. Reports provide objective metrics rigorously calibrated to document the ways effective staff members apply reasoning skills to job-related situations. Comprehensive individual strengths and weaknesses are analyzed for these 5 business problem solving skills and 10 business work ethic attributes .

Contact us discuss the uses and benefits of assessing staff thinking.
Student success depends on critical thinking skills & mindset - Insight Assessment

Insight Assessment academic clients depend on validated critical thinking test instruments for their outcomes assessment, accreditation, and quality enhancement projects.

  • Returning from a conference focusing on how deans can improve student success, Dean Jackson now saw student success not as an end result, but as a process that began at admission and could be highly predicted by a student’s first months on campus. It was time to re-focus the Freshman Experience program. One colleague dean had described adding the HSRT to the admission process to screen for critical thinking skills indicative of a readiness to complete a degree program in Physical Therapy. “Failure means an empty seat, and an empty seat means I’m producing one less clinician.” Students with borderline scores were still admitted, but referred for preemptive academic assistance in the learning center.
  • Dean Jackson liked the idea of an assessment that looked at reasoning skills, because these were needed inside and outside the classroom.  Jackson learned that the CCTST is the best fit for baccalaureate students in the Arts and Science, used by many schools for entry cohort advising and as a solution to the student retention problem. Although it was already July, Dean Jackson offered to fund CCTST assessment for any college program that chose to participate in a Year One pilot. As it turned out there were seven program directors eager to address faculty concerns about student readiness for their programs. Many of their students completed the CCTST in the Learning Center that Fall. Each student received a copy of their individual report to carry to their next advisor meeting.
  • After that, things just kept happening. The accreditation committee saw this program as an example of college support for student success and discussed this in their self-study report. The engineering program added the CCTST as an official admission requirement to their impacted program. Assessing critical thinking at entry became a signal to students that developing stronger reasoning and problem solving skills was an expected outcome of their educational experience in the college. That Spring, the Director of Assessment examined Freshmen students’ CCTST scores in relationship to units completed and core course grades and found low scores on the CCTST could be used as early warning sign that students were at risk.

Our assessment specialists hope this scenario demonstrates the power of the metrics provided by our thinking skills and mindset test instruments. Insight Assessment services include exceptionally versatile delivery options, peer benchmark norms, individual and group reports, complimentary learning resources, and more. Contact us to discuss ways the assessment of thinking can increase your student success and institutional effectiveness.

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The ICOT business sessions were energetic and exciting, clearly a highpoint for the conference.

The most interesting part of this year’s ICOT conference in Bilbao, Spain was the conversation in the business sessions about why some businesses have been slow to see the value of hiring individuals with strong reasoning and decision making skills and mindset. This seemed surprising to participants, because the value to their businesses was so obvious. Business leaders agreed that they need HR analytic tools that enable them to gather objective data about the attributes and skills that most matter today: reasoning and decision-making.   Pete Facione, a senior researcher at Insight Assessment, described these essential characteristics in a successful executive, and how they are rarely assessable using traditional interview tools (interviews, resumes, letters, past positions held). “These are unreliable indicators of reasoning skills and leadership attributes. Too many false positives and false negatives. But these essential skills and attributes can be measured before costly interviews or poor hires occur.”  Using data from INSIGHT Executive test results, he showed how candidates could fail to manifest many of the key attributes in spite of claims that they might make to the contrary.

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Smart hiring requires the analytics provided by the INSIGHT series of mindset and thinking skills measures .  Facione suggested that job candidates at all levels should be asked to test their reasoning and mindset prior to being offered interviews; those who walked away were likely to have little confidence in their own reasoning and not be candidates that the company would prize.  And, he added, during the interviews, the finalists should be challenged to demonstrate their skills and their interaction styles by applying them to genuine workplace problems that they analyze and discuss interactively. 

It’s as simple as this: employees who fear or resist change hold you back. Your business has to be able to adapt to changing conditions. So should your people.

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Being Able to Embrace Transformation is Essential at all Levels

Engaged employees thrive on change; they are eager to learn and apply the new skills that will move your company forward. They can think on their feet, responding to dynamic situations. They thrive in a fast paced environment. They are able to adapt to rapidly evolving technology, capabilities and rising minimum expectations from customers. Flexibility is essential to problem solving throughout business processes.

1.  Effective leaders must be innovative

They are resilient agents of change responding to an evolving marketplace. They have an appetite for innovation and identifying opportunities for growth. They create enthusiasm for their vision for the future.

2.  Efficient line managers must be adaptable

They are resilient, eager for innovation and system changes.  They welcome workplace requirements for change . They seek opportunities to apply new or different skills to grow the company. 

3.  Dependable core staff members must exhibit workplace flexibility

They are able to welcome and adapt to changing workplace situations and processes; they can learn and implement new or different job-related skills needed for project success.  

4.  Support staff demonstrate flexibility in assigned responsibilities

They are willing to learn new job skills to apply to their work. They can adapt to changing processes to support company plans

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A Growing Company is a Changing Company

Companies need to be agile to respond to external challenges and opportunities.  Controlling quality and costs, internally, requires an equal commitment to being nimble. It is not only possible but necessary to identify people who will respect procedures but also who can think creatively about improving processes. 

The Insight Business suite provides assessments that are calibrated to objectively measure the nuances of how the flexibility attribute is manifested as workplace responsibilities increase:

  • I NSIGHT Executive objectively measures the innovative mindset and 14 other key leadership decision skills and mindsets.
  • INSIGHT Business Professional provides an objective assessment of the adaptable mindset and 14 other key professional reasoning skills and mindsets.
  • INSIGHT Business Staff objectively assesses the workplace flexibility mindset and 14 other key problem solving skills and work ethic mindsets calibrated for their responsibilities.
  • INSIGHT Support objectively measures workplace flexibility and 14 other key job thinking skills and work ethic mindsets as applied to support jobs.

Contact us to learn how INSIGHT analytics can enhance your business performance.

ICOT BIlbao Conference Center

The ICOT 2015 International Conference on Thinking is underway in Bilbao, Spain. Business and education leaders from 43 countries have convened to discuss effective strategies for training reasoning skills and the mindset attributes conducive to problem solving and decision making.  It's a steamy, sluggish 34 degrees centigrade today in Bilbao, but in the conference center the atmosphere is energetic as experts exchange useful strategies for designing training programs for working professionals and best practices for classroom teaching of thinking.

ICOT Insight Assessment booth

It's clear that those who have come to ICOT share a passion for critical thinking. Insight Assessment brings a focus on the importance of assessing reasoning skills in individuals and groups to document training success and to identify areas where more training is needed. The conference continues until Friday. ICOT members come together once every two years. The rumor is that the next conference will be in Miami ,Florida.

            Report from the Insight Assessment team at ICOT 2015 in Bilbao Spain

ICOT 2015

ICOT 2015 international Conference on Thinking has opened in Bilbao, Spain! Insight Assessment salutes the over 2000 conference attendees who are dedicating four days to focus on the global importance of developing critical thinking in business, education, sports and the arts.  We’re excited to be able to discuss measuring and training good thinking with this enthusiastic group.

 If you’re attending the conference, stop by our booth. We invite you to attend these presentations by Insight Assessment senior researcher Dr. Peter Facione:


1ST JULY: The Educational Power of Measuring Critical Thinking. (available by conference videostream)  Dr. Facione will discuss effective ways of teaching for thinking at all educational levels in all disciplines. He will examine group datasets to demonstrate how the measurement of critical thinking can empower educators and enable more effective student learning.
2ND JULY: Training and Measuring Leadership Decision Making.  Dr. Facione will talk about the importance of critical thought in companies. Leaders with strong thinking skills take advantage of opportunities through effective decision-making, discover opportunities where others can't, encourage collaborative learning and lead the team efficiently.  He will use data gathered by the INSIGHT series of test instruments to discuss practical insights about the potential effectiveness or ineffectiveness of various approaches to training employee thinking at all levels of the business or professional organizations.
 2ND JULY: Round Table on the topic of “Skills for Successful Leadership in Business in which Dr. Facione will link leadership decision making directly to the educational learning outcomes known as critical thinking.

If you’re not able to attend the conference, check out the ICOT website, http://www.icot2015.com for instructions on video-streaming presentations and for free access to the ICOT papers after the conference. Watch for a guest post from our conference participants at the close of the conference.

To find out more about Insight Assessment’s commitment to the International Measurement of Critical Thinking .

ICOT 2015 “The most important conference on thinking in the world”

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