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The Work Ethics Most Valued by Leaders

The modern definition of what constitutes a good work ethic often varies.  Different businesses have different expectations. 

In Healthcare, for example, following the rules is paramount.  To deviate may lead to injury or death.  In Advertising, there is a greater emphasis on creativity.  Breaking the rules can result in innovative campaigns that boost the client’s bottom line.  The beliefs and behaviors that define work ethic must closely align with your customer needs.   The customer, in this instance, is always right.

There are common traits, however, which characterize an effective executive, manager or worker, regardless of industry sector.  Basically, how someone acts ethically, in life, translates directly into the workplace.  Employees with outstanding work ethics display the following.

1.  Desire to think

Not only has the ability to think critically, but to apply itSees the value of thinking things through before making decisions and when resolving problems.

2.  Commitment

Is loyally oriented to the job, company goals and mission.

3.  Honesty

Respects other people's property, follows rules, keeps promises, and tells the truth. 

4.  Regard for safety

Values workplace safety rules and precautions for personal and co-worker safety. Avoids unnecessary risks.

5.  Professionalism

Takes an appropriate approach to social interactions at work. Maintains focus on work responsibilities.

6.  Motivated

Eagerly focuses energy on accomplishing tasks, also referred to as demonstrating ownership. Takes pride in work.

7.  Tolerance

Respects diversity in the workplace, including showing due respect for different perspectives, opinions and suggestions. 

8.  Flexibility

Is resilient. Able to welcome and adapt to changing workplace situations and the application of new or different skills.

9.  Desire to learn

Willing to learn new processes, systems and procedures in light of changing responsibilities.

10.  Dependability

Motivated to complete assigned tasks well, taking pride in the accomplishment of work assignments.

Is a strong work ethic important?

Every business needs people who get things done without intense supervision. Your business success is powered by staff who efficiently interact with clients. They are able to represent your policies, procedures and fuel your corporate growth.  will help you discover the people who have the work ethic and problem solving skills needed for customer satisfaction and project success.

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Yes? Then, assess the work ethic of your employees.

INSIGHT Business Staff objectively assesses and reports an individual’s strengths and weaknesses on these 10 mindset attributes plus 5 core thinking skills. Everyday, relevant, scenarios in the assessment will challenge a staff member to anticipate the needs of customers.  They will demonstrate their abilities through interpreting and understanding analytical information that contributes to team problem solving.  Comprehensive reports provide valuable insights for making individual hiring and promotion decisions. Further, these reports identify areas for improvement, training and, overall, building strong, productive teams.  Assessments, geared for middle level mangers and your executive leadership, are also available.

Make sure you can rely on your people to get things done well.   Contact us today.

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How do you assess second career applicants? Much of the available workforce is re-entry from a previous skill set. You can build your confidence doing interviews trying to connect your needs with their abilities, but ultimately you are determining whether to bring them on subjectively.

INSIGHT Business Professional provides metrics for 14 objective quantitative attributes and skills that will give you a better picture on how new candidate strengths will port. It will help you evaluate their ability to learn and think in ways that are important to you.  INSIGHT Business Professional assesses professional mindset and problem solving skills using complex, multi-layer situations; in order to answer the questions, individuals must employ their reasoning skills to make decisions about the next steps to resolve the dilemma.  Based on responses, we identify how decisions were made and measure the application of reasoning skills.

Resumes and credentials provide selfie snapshots of the past; INSIGHT Business Professional provides reliable insights into how applicants will apply current skills and experience to new job requirements. That’s why increasing numbers of employers are using thinking skills as a framework for assessing competencies and potential.  

Today many individuals are re-entering the job market looking for new opportunities; from veterans and retirees with non-traditional paths to laid off workers, their resumes are filling your inbox. Many wouldn’t be able to make the transition to your job expectations. But some of those candidates have strong problem solving skills and the drive to excel and accomplish goals . INSIGHT gives you the confidence to identify the future employees who are eager to learn new skills and to succeed.

Call us. Hire with confidence.

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

The primary cause of employee failure is a lack of personal integrity. Some individuals make a deliberate decision to take advantage of an opportunity, to do—and take—what they want.  They consciously evaluate the risks, anticipate the gains and then prioritize their self-interest over the consequences to others.  Their compromised ethical standards leave clients, customers, managers and entire companies bearing the cost in lost trust, lost revenues, tarnished reputations and lost company credibility. Other employees act without thinking decisions through, resulting in errors. Insight Assessment clients use INSIGHT Business Professional to identify risks of deliberate misconduct as well as the risks of poor decision making skills.

INSIGHT Business Professional  objectively and reliably measures 10 professional mindsets including honesty, integrity, commitment, professionalism and motivation. Comprehensive individual reports document strengths and weaknesses in the essential cognitive thinking skills and mindset attributes that are the basis of good decision making.

Warren Buffet, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway, provided excellent advice:  "In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you." 

Contact us. You need to be able to trust your employees. INSIGHT delivers the data you need to hire strong thinkers who can demonstrate integrity and a drive for success.


Each year new doctoral students begin dissertation studies using Insight Assessment instruments to measure critical thinking skills and mindset. This academic year about 40 dissertation students have collected data here in the US and internationally. Study samples included students and trainees in:

  • K-12 schools (TER, CM3, CCTST, M-25),
  • Business education programs (BCTST),
  • Exercise science programs (CCTST, HSRT),
  • Military training sites (MDCTI),
  • Health care training and delivery sites (HSRT, CCTDI), and
  • STEM education programs (CCTST, CCTDI)

Congratulations to all the new PhD graduates this Spring. We welcome you to the community of scholars studying reasoning skills and mindset, and stand ready to provide valid and reliable measures for your future studies. We hope that your future research will help improve human decision-making, and lead to innovative problem-solving and new insight development.

ICOT 2015

The seventeenth  ICOT 2015 International Conference on Thinking  will focus on integrating scientific findings and best practices in business, education, art and sport. With more than 1600 participants already registered for this Bilbao, Spain conference, the 2015 ICOT is reporting record interest and attendance. The program includes four days (23 June-3 July) of conferences, workshops, lectures, panels, best practices, symposia, think tanks, and round tables lead by over 50 international experts. Presentations will focus on thinking in four fields: Business, Education, the Arts and Sports.

Insight Assessment senior researcher, Dr Peter Facione, has been invited to make two presentations: The Educational Power of Measuring Critical Thinking and Training and Measuring Leadership Decision Making. He will also participate in a round table on the topic of “Skills for Successful Leadership in Business” in which he will link leadership decision making directly to the educational learning outcomes known as critical thinking.

Insight Assessment is excited to participate in this global discussion of the importance of good thinking. Our thinking assessments are used in English and in translations throughout the world ; our clients value our ability to provide language flexibility in the assessment instruments and in the test taker interface (TTI).  Stay tuned for more information about the proposed live feed of conference presentations. We also plan to post portions of Dr. Facione’s presentations after the conference. If you’re attending the conference, be sure to stop by our booth.

Insight Assessment offers practical resources for teaching and training good thinking

Check out the expanded Insight Assessment Resources library.  We've re-organized and enhanced this collection with additional materials to better serve educators, trainers and researchers. Our goal is to present practical materials that support successful testing programs and facilitate the exploration of how critical thinking skills and dispositions can be taught and learned.

This complimentary collection of recommended resources reflects Insight Assessment's commitment to growing, measuring and promoting good thinking worldwide..  

Strong assessment programs are grounded in clear understanding of what is being taught & measured. We invite you to browse these practical resources for training excellence in reasoning. Enjoy exploring how strong decision making can be fostered, developed and assessed.

Contact us to learn more about our objective, validated assessments of thinking skills and mindset.

More to come. Follow  our blog, Thinking INSIGHT to explore ways we can all develop and benefit from stronger thinking in the classroom and workplace. 

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K-12 schools and academies of all kinds -- independent, charter, public, private, international – assess student critical thinking to get objective data that benefits students, teachers, parents and schools.

There is a high correlation between student thinking skills and their academic achievement.  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.

Today educational programs throughout the world are expected to be able to demonstrate that they are effectively improving critical thinking skills. The data from well-designed assessment programs help parents and educators target educational development to ensure that students are developing the strength of thinking skills and learning attributes they need to succeed in school and in the workplace.

Educators and researchers frequently use Insight Assessment test instruments to gather solid evidence on critical thinking learning outcomes. Group and individual data are used to study the effectiveness of teaching methods aimed at training reasoning skills and mindset.

EDUCATE INSIGHT is a comprehensive critical thinking assessment program for K-12 education. These thinking assessments have been calibrated to provide age appropriate, validated, objective measurements of the key thinking skills and mental motivations of students.  Our clients depend on our comprehensive graphic and statistical reports to deliver the high quality data needed for their assessment objectives.

Objective, reliable group data is often used to:

  • ensure students are developing the reasoning skills needed for academic success
  • provide the objective data teachers need to incorporate necessary reasoning skills into class work, reading instruction and curriculum
  • evaluate the effectiveness of curricular programs, instructional approaches and educational materials in developing critical thinking learning
  • strengthen support programs by identifying areas for individual and/or group instruction
  • benchmark student critical thinking against external national norms
  • document the growth in student critical thinking skills from program entry to exit
  • to support selective admissions processes

 Comprehensive individual reports can be used to:

  • help counselors and teachers understand how student thinking skills and weaknesses on specific core reasoning skills impact the quality of learning and problem solving
  • provide parents with an understanding of their student’s skills, needs and learning style
  • identify and target specific areas for improvement
  • provide objective information for class placement
  • support the developing individual education plans
  • supplement selective admissions processes by gathering objective evidence of key predictors of student success such as critical thinking skills, mathematical reasoning and learning orientation

Good critical thinking tests are not tests of factual knowledge about critical thinking. Memorizing information and definitions is not the key. A good critical thinking test engages test takers in using their critical thinking because critical thinking is a process. 

Contact us to see why K-12 educators rely on our on Insight Assessment full service solutions to gather the data they need to develop stronger student critical thinking.

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We are pleased to announce that Insight Assessment personal assessment products are now available on most android, apple and Windows 10 devices. 

There are a lot of thinking games out there, but Critical Thinking Insight provides authentic assessments of adult level thinking skills and mindset based on the high quality employment and educational tests we have been providing to businesses, government, health care agencies, colleges and high schools for thirty years

The self-tests in the Critical Thinking Insight app are calibrated to provide objective summaries of your strengths and weaknesses on key components of thinking and reasoning well. In addition, you receive personal coaching suggestions to help you grow even stronger in each area covered by the test. Your results are protected by our privacy policy.

Critical thinking skills and mindset can be measured—and improved. Check out our free sample thinking questions and challenge yourself with the each of the self evaluation assessments. My Thinking Skills – Adult Level and My Thinking Mindset – Adult Level provide information about your overall thinking skills and your motivation to apply those skills to solve problems. My Leadership Potential – Adult Level explores the habits of mind needed by effective leaders.  My Learning Mind – Ages 5-10  and My Learning Mind – Ages 11-17 report on mindset attributes related to learning.

Invest in improving your thinking. Try our free download, “ Critical Thinking Insight ”, on your phone, tablet or Windows 10 computer. The app includes free sample questions and personal assessments which can be purchased in-app. Discover your thinking skill and mindset; then identify your leadership qualities today.  Then start your personal thinking development program tomorrow.

Insight Assessment individual reports

The best training programs benefit individual participants as well as the company.

When training programs target the development of skills that have personal as well as professional relevance, the impact is magnified.  

What could be more relevant to personal and professional success than improving the quality of decision making? INSIGHT Development Program does just that.

People who are able to analyze problems, evaluate options, anticipate risks and identify solutions have an advantage over less skilled decision makers. People who approach problems with a strong thinking mindset are motivated to succeed.

Insight Assessment clients value the option of providing self-directed online skills improvement tools and printable individual thinking reports to training participants.  They realize that measuring thinking reinforces the motivation for staff to hone their skills on and off the job. 

Knowledge of weaknesses (and appreciation of strengths) can be a powerful incentive to change for training participants who receive copies of their comprehensive INSIGHT Business Professional individual reports. The impact manifests in:

  • objective assessments of personal strengths and weaknesses in five essential thinking skills and ten mindset attributes as applied in professional contexts
  • an increased awareness of how thinking skills and weaknesses impact the quality of their problem solving and decision making
  • the ability to identify and target specific areas for improvement
  • increased attentiveness and focus during the training sessions because progress will be measured and reported

Individual assessment metrics are an essential component of INSIGHT Development Program, our online training which focuses on improving core thinking skills and mindset.

Our clients use individual metrics in business processes including candidate selection , annual evaluations and supervision as tools to enhance career development and to objectively match employee skills and talents to job responsibilities.  Group metrics provide collective diagnostics of internal strengths and weaknesses at all decision making levels.

Insist on INSIGHT.

INSIGHT thinking assessments and INSIGHT Development Program are the culmination of Insight Assessment’s 30 years of experience in high stakes measurement of reasoning.  Worldwide, clients rely on our comprehensive range of assessment products to provide the data they need to make high stakes decisions about hiring, admissions, licensing, curriculum, program evaluation and more.  Our online test instruments are objective, validated and secure, making it easy to assess locally or geographically dispersed workforces. Reports are delivered within minutes of completion of the assessment. INSIGHT Development Program is a valuable human resources tool to supplement current employee training programs or as a new initiative to improve the quality of thinking. 

Make sure your staff training investment pays off in the improvement of targeted skills. Contact us to integrate high quality thinking assessments into your professional development programs. 
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Measurement is an essential part of ensuring you get value from your training program.

Knowing that your training program is worthwhile and netting the results you’re looking for is challenging.  That’s why assessing thinking should already be incorporated into your business training plan.

What skills could be more key than thinking and reasoning well? Good thinking results in a competitive advantage over less skilled decision makers. Improving the quality of decision making reduces the costs of errors and improves productivity throughout your organization.

Insight Assessment is a leader in the assessment and training of critical thinking.  We understand that even in areas where training isn’t required, you need to get the most for your investment in time and money. Here’s how to optimize your development programs:

  1. Set a goal for your training program: Identify, quantify and improve the strengths & weaknesses of individuals, teams, departments, or divisions so that systemic problem solving solutions can be implemented in areas of operations where change is needed
  2. Incorporate assessment into your training program to gather baseline data and to create motivation to grow the targeted skills. Including pre and post training assessment enables companies to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of specific training programs for individuals and groups.   For businesses, the pretest might be done before an employee training program is begun and a post test could be set for weeks or months after the program has been completed.
  3. Evaluate, evaluate and evaluate again: It goes without saying that measuring the effectiveness of training programs can be a moving target, but basically the only thing that’s really important is that staff shows performance improvement.  That’s why online training is a waste of money unless progress in measured and demonstrated objectively.

Effective training programs show advancement in key metrics. 

Demonstrating improvement in employee thinking skills doesn’t have to be hard .  Insight Assessment provides solutions for your training goals. 

  • Option One: We do it. INSIGHT Development Program includes INSIGHT proven assessments and online critical thinking training modules. The cost effective, validated program can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative. The flexible structure lets employees work independently, controlling time on task, pace and progress. The self-paced program focuses on improving decision skills and fostering a workplace culture of positive thinking mindset.
  • Option Two: You do it. Incorporate our online business test instruments to objectively evaluate the impact of your existing training program.  Effective assessment of employee groups provides collective diagnostics of overall strengths and weakness, comparisons to similar workers in other companies, and the data to guide your employee development trainers in the development of subsequent educational efforts to address the needs of your personnel.

Either way your company benefits.  You implement an effective training program that delivers improvement in employee thinking and reasoning in your operation. Or you obtain objective data that demonstrates the value of your existing program.  In both situations employees are motivated by receiving analyses of their strengths and weaknesses in important thinking skills as well as an opportunity to improve their performance.  Either way you make a wise investment in strengthened your business by committing to better thinking and reasoning

Our clients depend on INSIGHT thinking assessments .  Our comprehensive individual reports provide metrics on the strengths and weaknesses on 5 core thinking skills and 10 mindset attributes that predict good on the job decision making. Optional group reports deliver summaries of group performance gains including the key thinking metrics for your organization.  Results are delivered within minutes of response submission.  Our online test instruments are objective, validated and secure.   For more information on the benefits of measuring employee thinking.

When maintaining funding support for programs requires demonstrating quality improvements or value to the community, businesses, training centers and agencies depend on INSIGHT to objectively and effectively document gains in thinking skills and work ethic. 

We will help you get the relevant data you need to improve the effectiveness of your staff.

Contact us to discuss INSIGHT 's broad range of business assessment tools and services that support improving thinking and decision making. Explore our website for practical training resources and our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , for further discussion of the measurement of thinking skills and mindset.

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