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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 2018.

Amid the noise and clutter of the holidays, the confusion of international and domestic politics, the flash of new tech tools and toys, and the static of trivial tweets, nothing calms, focuses, sorts, stores, sheds, shields, and serves us better than good thinking.

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 2018 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.

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

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 2018 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. 

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.

Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts 

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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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.

Insight Assessment: Grow with Strong Thinkers

Objective data can predict how successful employees will be in their job. Making the strategic decision to invest in assessing and training thinking pays off.

  • Progress and growth result from good decision-making; bad decision-making causes failures. You need to find and develop talented professionals with the reasoning skills and mindset to drive current systems to the next level, an eagerness for relentless problem solving, and an eye to seize opportunities while managing risks.

Hiring good thinkers raises the bar for current and future thinkers. 

Making a commitment to objective assessment of candidate and employee thinking sends the message that the success of your business requires strong decision making throughout your operations. You get what you measure: when you hire strategically, you make sure you are building a talent pool with the motivation and potential to grow in their responsibilities.

Gain confidence that decisions are being made by people who have the necessary core reasoning skills to make the optimal conclusions.

Success depends on the work ethic and the thinking skills of the employees at every level of your organization. When companies have strong, motivated thinkers, good decisions build business success, reduce errors and identify opportunities for growth.  

Reliable assessment data strengthens initiatives to support improvements in thinking skills and thinking mindset that can be achieved by employees at every stage of their career.

Thinking skills and mindset can be trained. In fact, every motivated trainee and working professional can improve the quality of their thinking skills. Measuring thinking can motivate employees to hone their skills; knowledge of weaknesses can be a powerful motivator to change.

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

Our clients 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 the effectiveness of your staff.

INSIGHT: Building Future

Investing in employee development takes planning but it doesn’t have to be hard.

Start by focusing on a worthy goal:

What employee strengths and weaknesses most impact your company potential? Are poor decisions and missed opportunities too frequent? Targeting the development of the high quality decision-making skills and motivation needed for business operations will deliver ongoing benefits. 

It’s difficult to develop an internal program for improving thinking skills. INSIGHT Development Program includes assessment and critical thinking training modules that can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative.

  • INSIGHT Development Program focuses on the core critical thinking skills and professional attributes that predict workplace success.  An extensive array of self-paced learning modules guide individuals toward the continued improvement of their reasoning using workplace examples together with a valid assessment of thinking mindset attributes and reasoning skills.

Then gather high quality, relevant OBJECTIVE data.

Make sure you will obtain high integrity data that can be 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. (for more info on how to choose a thinking assessment).

INSIGHT Development Program includes the use of industry leading Insight Assessment testing instruments to measure employee thinking.  Individual and group report options 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.

  • INSIGHT assessments of individual employee thinking 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.
    • Bonus Hint: Learn from your best : Start by measuring the skills and mindsets of your high performers; find out what makes them excel. Once you identify the core reasoning characteristics that you need throughout your organization, you can establish benchmarks for hiring and talent development.

Evaluate effectiveness

And of course, be sure to build in a plan to assess the effectiveness of your plans and initiatives. Comparing pre and post training data confirms training and program effectiveness. Insight Assessment testing specialists can help you optimize your assessment program to support your development plan goals.

Use it or lose it (time, money & motivation)! 

You must use the data to get value. Your employee development program should help your business create an integrated approach to improving thinking. Reports on strengths and weaknesses in critical business reasoning skills and mindset attributes are valuable when applied to:  

Be proactive.

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

  • Insight Assessment delivers the entire package: engaging self-paced thinking skills and mindset employee training modules and a secure online prescreening tool that delivers consistent objective metrics on the specific skills and the mindsets that will increase the quality of decision making throughout your organization. 

Start your plan now.

Contact us if you want to invest in training and development programs to improve the critical thinking skills that determine the quality of your products and services.

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.

INSIGHT: customer service

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

Can your business afford to stand still? Employees must be able to adapt to change

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. 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 of rapidly evolving technology, capabilities and rising minimum expectations from customers.

Flexibility is essential to problem solving throughout business 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: 

  • Effective leaders must be Innovative; they are resilient agents of change in fast paced or fluid environments; they have an appetite for innovation and identifying opportunities for growth. INSIGHT Executive objectively measures the innovative mindset and 14 other key leadership decision skills and mindsets.
  • Efficient operational team leaders must be adaptable; they are resilient, eager for innovation and system changes; they welcome workplace requirements for change and seek opportunities to apply new or different skills to grow the company.  INSIGHT Business Professional provides an objective assessment of the adaptable mindset and 14 other key professional reasoning skills and mindsets.
  • 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.  INSIGHT Business Staff objectively assesses the workplace flexibility mindset and 14 other key problem solving skills and work ethic mindsets calibrated for their responsibilities.
  • Support Staff demonstrate flexibility in assigned responsibilities; they are willing to learn new job skills to apply to their work and can adapt to changing processes to support company plans. INSIGHT Support objectively measures workplace flexibility and 14 other key job thinking skills and work ethic mindsets as applied to support jobs.

Growing companies are dynamic. It is not only possible but necessary to identify people who will respect procedures but also who can think creatively about improving processes. 

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

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Can your employees think their way out of a paper bag?

Identifying and supporting people who have the ability to think forward, problem-solve and make good decisions is crucial to business success. Companies simply cannot afford the costs of employees who cannot think their way out of a paper bag, let alone become a contributing member of your team.  INSIGHT assesses the critical thinking skills that pay off throughout your organization

Here are 10 practical reasons why your company should be assessing employee thinking skills and mindset attributes:

  • Assessing thinking is important because thinking skills are the most essential job qualification; if employees can’t think well, they won’t be productive.
  • Assessing thinking is cheaper than the cost of a bad hire or employees who make bad decisions: poor thinking costs businesses money and opportunities for growth.
  • Assessing thinking helps you identify and build the strongest talent pool; save interview time and costs by screening candidates for strength of thinking.
  • Assessing thinking improves performance and efficiency: you benefit when good analytical thinking is applied to problem solving and planning.
  • Assessing thinking facilitates building strategic professional development: data can be used to target identified strengths and weaknesses of individuals, teams and departments.
  • Assessing thinking provides objective validated metrics for improvement initiatives: employee retention, engagement, training and continuous improvement programs benefit.
  • Assessing thinking gives valuable input for employee evaluations: unlock potential by incorporating objective thinking metrics into the review process.
  • Assessing thinking gives you a competitive advantage over other companies who don’t prioritize good thinking: out-thinking the competition is vital;  innovation depends on strong thinking.
  • Assessing thinking demonstrates commitment to strong decision making skills: promote positive thinking culture at work; identify employees who have winning business mindsets.
  • Assessing thinking with high quality test instruments ensures you get the highest quality actionable individual and group data; use it to prioritize good thinking throughout your organization.
To sum it up: high quality assessment data analyzing the key problem-solving and decision making skills of your employees will give you the ability to grow and maximize competitiveness.

Insight Assessment specializes in objective, user-friendly, validated measurements of critical thinking skills and mindset attributes.  Comprehensive INSIGHT Business Professional individual reports include metrics on test taker strengths and weaknesses on 15 essential elements of thinking skills and mindset. Individual and group reports are used worldwide for hiring, talent development, training and program evaluation. Flexible app based test administration is available 24/7.

Strong thinkers deliver results .  Contact us. We're ready to demonstrate how easy it is to get the benefits of assessing thinking with INSIGHT.
Why should I choose Insight Assessment solutions?

Follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , for resources and further discussion of the measurement of thinking skills and mindset.

Measurement tools

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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