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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them-Albert Einstein

Let’s resolve to work for better thinking in 2019.

You can start by using these eight ways to think better every day

  • Call out and praise good thinking.
  • Don’t settle for myopic, biased or careless thinking.
  • Listen carefully.
  • Evaluate and understand the sources of information.
  • Consciously think about the quality of your decision making. Cultivate positive habits of mind.
  • Practice your skills of analysis, evaluation, inference, inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • Be thoughtful.

It will take strong thinkers to navigate through the problems and opportunities facing us today and in the future. We give ourselves the best opportunity for success in 2019 when:

  • we can differentiate between unfounded opinions and well-reasoned points of view
  • we can explain our perspectives based on sound reasons and good evidence
  • we maintain a positive thinking mindset that prizes truth-seeking and fair-mindedness.

Strength in thinking skills and mindset is a global educational goal. Democracies flourish, professions serve, businesses excel and student achieve their career goals when people make well-reasoned, reflective and purposeful judgments about what to believe or what to do in all aspects of their lives. 

Join Insight Assessment , the worldwide leader in the measurement of reasoning skills and thinking mindset, in making 2019 the “Year for Better Thinking.”  Let’s all do whatever we can to encourage and to celebrate well-reasoned decision making and effective problem solving in education, business, and government, and in our personal and civic lives. 

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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein

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Good thinking skills are a key ingredient to understanding ourselves and others in today's changing interconnected world.

We need to think about what we all have in common. The importance of developing open and strong thinking skills applies not just to us as individuals, but as a community, region, country and across the entire world. 

Good thinking is our strongest defense against ignorance and intolerance.

When strong thinking skills are applied with a fair and honest mindset, individuals and teams have the best chance to agree on solutions to world, national, local and our personal problems.

Good thinking skills are universal. In every society reaching an optimal problem solution requires people to:  

  • identify and analyze the problem, identifying key elements
  • assess the accuracy of facts and information sources
  • evaluate options and explain the strength and weakness of alternatives
  • draw conclusions in ambiguous contexts to determine the solution with the most likelihood of success
  • anticipate outcomes and see logical consequences in precise contexts
  • interpret and evaluate information presented in numerical formats

A strong thinking mindset is equally necessary for fair minded decision making. People who are motivated to make good decisions demonstrate:

  • a focused, organized and systematic approach to problem-solving,
  • openmindedness and tolerance, respecting diversity in perspectives, opinions,
  • thoughtfulness in decision-making with a commitment to use reasoning and fact-finding to resolve difficulties,
  • adaptablity to change,
  • self motivation and resourcefulness,
  • intellectual curiosity, following reasons & evidence wherever they may lead.

If we want to solve complex problems and propose the changes that will move our world forward, the development and application of good thinking skills and mindset attributes will be the foundation.  

Insight Assessment is passionate about the impact of growing, measuring and promoting good thinking worldwide. We are proud to count within our customers institutions and businesses who are committed to improving the quality of thinking in adults and children. Our multilingual online assessments and resources are used by education, business, healthcare, government and legal institutions to develop better curriculum, to focus training on improving thinking, and to identify the strong thinkers who will move their initiatives forward. If you want us to help bring these values to your workplace, give us a call.

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Objective Data can Predict Employee Success

The decision-making abilities of your job applicants can and should be measured.

The metrics for mindset and critical thinking skills are known to improve performance, productivity, and operational efficiency.

The advantages of assessing employee thinking skills include:

  • improved screening of candidates.
  • greater insight than just evaluating an application, resume or interview.
  • accurate information about a person’s capabilities, as they relate to a specific position, is obtained. The result is lower turnover, boosting the bottom line. 

Equally important is the impact upon your company by hiring these good critical thinkers.

Additional Benefits of Pre Employment Tests 

You get what you measure. 

Progress and growth result from good decision-making. Bad decision-making causes failure. Pre employment tests can help you find and develop the professionals with the drive to take your business to the next level.

Prescreening makes it possible to identify the individuals your company really needs. Objective data enables you to build teams eager for relentless problem-solving, who seize opportunities while judiciously managing risk.

Assessing employee ‘thinking’ sends the message that your business success requires strong decision-making. It raises the bar for your current as well as future employees.

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After Pre Employment Testing, Next Steps?

Hire strategically and you can build a talent pool with the hunger to grow in their responsibilities.

Reliable pre employment data also strengthens initiatives to support on-going employee development programs.

Thinking skills and mindset can be trained. Improvements in thinking skills and mindset can be achieved by all. It’s not just for entry level, but for employees at every stage of their career.

In fact, every motivated trainee and working professional can improve the quality of their thinking skills. Measuring thinking can spur employees to hone their skills. And, knowledge of weaknesses can be a powerful incentive to change.

Assessments for Pre Employment Testing and More

Be confident your decision-makers have the necessary core reasoning skills to reach the optimal conclusions.

INSIGHT Business assessments provide the valuable information that is too often missing from present hiring and promotion procedures.

You’ll receive an objective, reliable measurement of the reasoning skills and mental disciplines required for the position. With specializations in business, healthcare, law, defense and education, INSIGHT provides cost-effective assessments that target your industry.

Employee Development as Convenient and Easy as Online Assessments

Use INSIGHT Development Program to build reasoning capabilities in new hires and current staff to achieve the goal of better thinking throughout their organization.

Designed to be used as an independent training study by employees, INSIGHT Development Program can also be incorporated into existing training programs.  Online, self-guided training modules are available 24/7 on a secure website. 

Get the benefits of employee with strong thinking and decision-making skills

Contact our client support team to see how INSIGHT tools can help you improve your business.

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Maximize your investment in training

Billions of dollars are invested annually in employee development and training. This is seen in dismal retention rates, poor engagement, stagnant leadership development and meager customer service.

Investing in employee development takes planning, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Some key tactics:

1.  Start with goals for your learning and development strategy

Take the time to decide which employee strengths and weaknesses most impact your company potential. Your continuing professional development should, then, address how to improve these strengths and reduce those weaknesses.

Are bad decisions and missed opportunities the issue? Are there specific skills or motivational attributes that hold your company back? Is poor motivation derailing corporate growth?  Do team members have the mental discipline and mindset to drive new ideas from concept to completion?

Consider the benefits of increasing the quality of decision-making. The foundation for success is your employees knowing what actions to take.

Part of the skill set for decision-making includes being able to analyze data.  Due to the increasing use of technology, there is a skill gap for many employees.  Per a 2018 survey by edX, the online learning portal for Harvard and MIT, “39% of people reported feeling less than proficient in data skills with an emphasis on analytics and computer science.”  

Prioritizing the development of strong decision-making skills and motivation will deliver ongoing improving throughout an organization.

2. Align and integrate business goals and training

Once you’ve determined your goals, the next step is to identify the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to deliver the desired results. 

If you’ve decided that good decision-making is critical to the success of your group/organization, then prioritize specific components of critical thinking.  This will enable enable you to carefully select a training program that focuses on those skills. To boost the analytic skills used in decision-making, for example, you should select a program that develops Quantitative Reasoning. 

To optimize achievement of your program goals, it is necessary to select the right L&D and assessment tools.  

Bonus Hint: Use an assessment to learn from your best.   Start by measuring the skills and mindsets of your high performers; discover exactly what makes them excel. Once you've determined the core reasoning characteristics, you can establish benchmarks for hiring and talent development. This information will help you define the reliable metrics needed to document achievement in improving the targeted skills.

More about how to choose a thinking assessment

3.  Prioritize relevant data for employee development

High integrity data is the foundation of employee development plans.  You will need objective, affordable metrics on how prospective employees will perform when faced with new problems in high stakes and time-limited situations.

Reliable data about the strengths and weaknesses in critical business reasoning skills and mindset attributes are valuable when applied to:  

4.  When training is completed, evaluate ROI

So did employees learn anything they will apply to doing their job better?

Build in an evaluation of the impact of your plans and initiatives. There’s no substitute for high quality objective and validated data.  You will need statistical evidence of the value added by your training and development program.

Funding always much easier when you have a demonstrated track record.  It’s important to measure changes in individual and/or group skills. Do employees demonstrate improvement? Comparing pre and post training data confirms training and program effectiveness. The difference between the pre and post test results will demonstrate the effectiveness of your curriculum.   

5.  Use it or lose it (time, money and motivation)! 

You must use the data to get value. An employee development program should help a business create an integrated approach to thinking improvement.  Both individual and group report data can be applied throughout your operations in areas such as prescreening, hiring, personal development, talent development.

6.  Be proactive.

Ultimately, employee development plans should assist in maximizing your most valuable resource--your employees, managers and leadership.  Be proactive, but make sure your actions are governed by data and metrics.

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How to build a better employee development program?

It’s difficult to develop an effective internal program for improving thinking skills. Insight Assessment delivers the entire turn-key package: training and objective assessment tools.  

INSIGHT Development Program is a suite of thinking skills and mindset enrichment modules that focus on improving the quality of employee decision-making. Designed to be used as an independent study by employees, it can also be incorporated into existing training programs. INSIGHT Development Program is online, confidential, and available at staff member convenience.

INSIGHT Development Program features a unique integration of assessment and development. An analysis of skills and mindset attributes using our industry leading assessments is included for each trainee. Individual and group report provide comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses on 5 critical thinking skills and 10 essential mindset attributes that are characteristic of contributing members of a team. 

These INSIGHT tools have a proven record of reliability and meet statistical requirements of validity.  Assessments are administered via our secure, encrypted online interface available 24-7, easily administered at single or multiple sites, at test centers, to groups & to individuals.  Results will be delivered to you quickly and confidentially.

Contact us to preview this powerful tool that can support new employee on-boarding, department level enrichment programs, and company-wide training initiatives.

 

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.

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Do you need to attract and retain new customers to your business? Are you looking for ways to make your brand stand out? Are your staff an asset or liability?

Are your employees making sure the business provides quality customer service?  Do you hire people who are focused on meeting customer needs? If not, you can’t expect to define a brand positively or plan on attracting new customers.

Prescreening employees with INSIGHT Business Staff enables you to identify employees who have the thinking skills and mindset to:

  • anticipate customer needs--from refilling water glasses to guiding product selection
  • analyze key elements of unexpected customer issues, evaluate options and problem solve creatively
  • learn about and understand products, policies and responsibilities
  • focus on the customer rather than on themselves or co-workers
  • be motivated to accomplish tasks
  • have the positive work ethic  to be welcoming, helpful and engaged with customers
  • be honest, dependable and committed to delivering quality service  
  • be able to work with numbers

It is possible to objectively measure these skills and mindsets using validated INSIGHT Business Staff online assessments. Comprehensive individual reports provide scores on 15 core components of thinking well .  

Retail and service businesses require more than cheerful employees; your business grows when you hire people who can think well and have a strong motivated work ethic.  Join the increasing numbers of businesses that are using validated INSIGHT online assessments to gather reliable data to prescreen new employees. Staffing decisions are better when they are founded on the objective relevant data delivered by Insight Assessment.

Contact us. In one working day you can bring INSIGHT to every level of your organization.

Think for Success

You need to be sure your staff isn’t keeping your company from achieving your objectives.  Are they locked into fixed routines, plans and thought processes? Or do they have the problem solving skills and mental agility to identify opportunities for growth? If they don’t, you’re losing ground.

Business success is a moving target. The most successful businesses have to be at least one step ahead of their industry. They can't afford to stand still, waiting for the plan to produce projected results. They have to anticipate opportunities and always move forward.

As you consider resources needed to meet your commitments or objectives, you need to know that your employees can demonstrate a flexible mindset and strong problem solving skills. Flexibility is one of 15 decision skills and mindset attributes objectively assessed by INSIGHT Business Professional.

Our validated metrics identify individuals who demonstrate strength in the flexibility attribute. You’ll know who is:

  • motivated to stay ahead of changing needs
  • intellectually curious, eager to learn and apply new or different skills
  • willing to reassess & adapt plans to be responsive to changing workplace situations and demands
  • prepared to use core reasoning skills like problem analysis, evaluating alternatives, anticipate outcomes and identifying logical consequences of decisions

Comprehensive reports provide detailed analysis of individual strengths and weaknesses in the core components of strong decision making skills and mindset. INSIGHT Business Professional is an objective and reliable assessment tool that uses business contexts to challenge test takers to apply their critical thinking skills and habits of mind.

In your ongoing effort to respond to changes in market conditions and labor requirements, one thing never changes-- good thinkers are always in demand because they deliver results.   

Contact us to discover agile thinkers who won’t settle for the status quo because they are driven to succeed.

For more from our blog, Thinking Insight

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.

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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.

Now is the time for change

Whether your organization is thriving, just getting by or faltering, you are in a transition.  The success stories of the future will be from those whose transition was critically thought through. If your transition will be politically motivated, you don’t need us.  If you want to be the hit of the financial news, we can help you make sure your transition team includes the best thinkers available.

Effective leaders in times of transition are strategists who have the strong decision making skills needed to navigate risks, identify opportunities, ask tough questions and establish priorities while setting clear direction. To make change happen, innovative leaders must be resilient, driven to achieve the vision, able to inspire the team, and committed to highest standards of excellence. INSIGHT Executive delivers objective metrics on 15 key skills and mindset attributes that define winning leaders’ decision making.

Transition strategies succeed or fail in the implementation and follow up processes. The highly skilled professionals responsible for achieving your company goals will require strong problem analysis skills, the ability to evaluate critical data and to identify the possible consequences of complex decisions. Strength in determining solutions with the strongest likelihood of success requires a strong commitment to company goals, the mindset to focus on working through problems, an appetite for innovation and the ability to communicate enthusiasm to others.  INSIGHT Professional Business objectively measures 15 core cognitive skills and characteristics that drive managers to excel.

When you make a commitment to promote change throughout your organization, make sure that your transition team has the necessary strong decision making skills and the drive to make change happen. Insight Assessment reports and analytics   deliver the metrics you need to position effective decision makers where they will achieve your goals.

It’s never too late to benefit from prioritizing strong thinking. Contact us to preview how easy it is to use INSIGHT tools to drive your strategic plans forward.

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