About the Assessment Tool

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The Attributes Assessments measure the essential components of Grit, Mental Acuity, and Drive. Each of the three self-assessments consists of Likert and Forced Choice questions that can be completed in under 10 minutes.

The development of the Attributes assessment is grounded in cognitive, behavioral, and emotional sciences. The goal of the assessments is to identify and provide insight into the levels of the fixed and dormant attributes you possess. This assessment is about helping you with optimal performance, by highlighting your tendencies and pinpointing both your strengths and development opportunities.

The assessment development process included several methodological steps meant to quantify the attributes most related to optimal performance. The development team generated and reviewed items to align with each of the 13 clearly defined Attributes: Adaptability, Courage, Perseverance, and Resilience (for the Grit Assessment), Compartmentalization, Learnability, Situational Awareness, and Task Switching (for the Mental Acuity Assessment), and Cunning, Discipline, Narcissism, Open-Mindedness, and Self-Efficacy (for the Drive Assessment). Ultimately, the inclusion of items comprising the final assessment were the result of robust statistical analyses and thoughtful conjecture by content experts.

The general methodological approach included:
-Expertly and theoretically derived factors
-Item development
-Item assignment
-Item analysis & reduction
-Exploratory factor analysis & partial confirmatory factor analysis
-Reliability analysis
-Confirmatory Factor Analysis (in development)

During development, more than 1,000 people completed The Attributes Assessments, making possible numerous statistical analyses resulting in a robust and reliable assessment. The internal consistency or reliability of the various scales of the Attributes assessment range from .762 (Open-Mindedness) to .905 (Discipline), indicative of excellent reliability suggesting that the items within each attribute are related to each other, confirming the items are measuring a single organized construct.

The Attributes Assessment Team

Lisa Shannon is passionate about creating workplaces where people thrive. As President & Founder of Big Sky Bold (www.BigSkyBold.com), she provides business development, digital marketing, and content/assessment development services in the training and development space. Lisa is focused on partnering with authors, consultants, coaches, and solopreneurs to help create, promote, and grow their services, books, and assessments. Prior to starting Big Sky Bold, Lisa was an executive leader within Wiley’s talent development and assessment business line where she worked closely with many high-profile assessment brands and authors including: The Leadership Challenge®Leadership Practices Inventory® (Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner), The Five Dysfunctions of a Team® (Pat Lencioni), and Everything DiSC®.

Derek Mann is an international consultant and Managing Partner of the Performance Psychology Group, LLC and an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University. For nearly 15 years, Derek’s focus has been on the role of emotions on human performance, including decision making, leadership development, and interpersonal relationships. Derek is the co-author of the Emotional Intelligence Skills Assessment (EISA), a management development/training tool for individual and organizational success and was instrumental in the revision of the world’s foremost assessment of emotional intelligence, the EQi 2.0. He is also certified in the MBTI, EQII, MSCEIT, and TAIS. Derek holds a doctorate in Health and Human Performance from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University.

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By Rich Diviney on 2021/01/25

Optimal performance is the ability to do the best you can in any environment. Sometimes the best is your peak, and sometimes your best is just surviving. But always underlying that performance are those inherent attributes. The primary question, then, is how much of each attribute do you have? You, your team, even your organization? Which ones do you have but don’t know about yet? And which ones are you looking to develop?

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