The Thinking Pattern Profile™
Measure Decision Making Competency Quickly and Accurately

Navjit Singh-06 Febuary, 2020 -Talent Assessment

More than ever, values are an area of focus in business decisions. As technological advances and the growing global digital transformation continue to blur geographical boundaries, integrate cultures and ideas, organizations require unprecedented agility to stay afloat and thrive in this competitive world. Challenges are knocking organizations door from directions and corners they never anticipated or witnessed in the foreseeable past. Each decision presents its own challenges, and we all have different ways of approaching problems. The importance of the decision-making capabilities of the individuals that comprise the organisation is vital more than ever. One bad decision, and the very survival of the organization could be at stake. So, how do you avoid making bad decisions - or leaving decisions to chance?

Whether you're deciding which person to hire, which supplier to use, or which strategy to pursue, the ability to make a good decision with available information is vital.

It would be easy if there were one formula you could use in any situation, but there isn't.

You need a systematic approach to decision making so that, no matter what type of decision you have to make, you can take it with confidence.

No one can afford to make poor decisions.

The Thinking Pattern Profile™

The Thinking Pattern Profile™ is an assessment method that directly measures actual decision-making competency quickly and accurately. Based on the Nobel nominated work of Dr Robert S Hartman, it enables us to identify the internal valuing system/"thinking patterns" that influences our perceptions (attitudes), decisions and actions, to clearly understand our Values or "Why" we do what we do.

Axiology measures your ability to value. Your capacity to value is a talent or ability by which you organize your thinking and emotions to make decisions or value judgments. Your value talent is a measure of your ability to:

  • See and filter what is happening around you, and in yourself
  • Build concepts and ideas by focusing on what is important to you
  • Translate your ideas and expectations into decisions

Thinking Pattern Profile™ shows what a person pays attention to as they make decisions and also what they don't pay attention to; therefore, it provides a helpful indicator of the sources of a person's strengths and vulnerabilities.

Thinking Pattern Profile™ measures the capacity, clarity and balance that individuals and groups have regarding people, tasks, systems and themselves and can be used across all functions of HR, training and organisational development. Understanding of one's thinking style and process is the key to harnessing the power to achieve continuous improvement and excellent results. The Thinking Pattern Profile™ provides this understanding as no other instrument can.

What the Thinking Pattern Profile™ Measures

Because it measures the pattern of decision-making which the person uses when processing information about the world and themselves, the Thinking Pattern Profile™ empowers both individuals and groups to identify strengths and blocks relating to the:

  • people with whom they must work
  • tasks they are to perform
  • the environment in which they work
  • inner capacities involving confidence and self-esteem

In short, the Thinking Pattern Profile™ system measures the capacity, clarity, and balance that individuals and groups have regarding people, tasks, systems and themselves.

Competencies Assessed
Initiative Ability to interpret messages
Strategic thinking ability Strategic thinking ability Desire to service customers
Common sense Ability to handle rejection
Self-confidence Flexibility
Optimism Drive
Intuitive insight Problem-solving ability
Insight into people Planning ability
Listening ability Attentiveness to planning

How the Thinking Pattern Profile™ Ranks Against Other Assessments?

The Thinking Pattern Profile™ is unlike other assessments in several ways.

Traditional Assessments Thinking Pattern Profile™
Self-report instruments. They measure how a person says they will behave or what competence they say they have. Not a self-report instrument. It asks the respondents not to tell how they think; It asks them to actually think, to make minute decisions by rank-ordering several items. Thus, it tracks the actual pattern of their thinking.
Traditional assessments measure the behaviour or measures one person's perception of another person The profile places its emphasis upon thinking, not behaving. It recognizes that behavior can spring from different decision bases in different people.
Traditional assessments are prone to biases as candidates choose socially acceptable profiles. It's virtually impossible to bias.
Traditional assessments are based on inductive methodology. It works from specific observations to broader theories. Referred to as a bottom-up approach. Thinking Pattern Profile™ is based on deductive methodology. It works from more general to specifics. Often referred to as a top-down approach.
Typically question-answer format. Completely objective. No question-answer format.

Thinking Pattern Profile™ can be used across the Employee Life Cycle in any organization. Since this profile picks up the actual thinking pattern of the candidate, it allows the organization during the hiring process to determine whether or not the decision style will fit the job requirements. Several different reports are available depending on the position and the level of the employee.

The Thinking Pattern Profile™ is able to identify overall decision-making patterns. In a team, it is important that there is diversity: that there are conceptual planners as well as action-oriented doers. The mix for each team will differ according to the function of the team. Understanding one another's style leads to better relationships among team members and more productive functioning.

Since this profile recognizes that people can and do change, it is excellent as a tool for identifying future talent and making sure individuals are prepared to take on higher-level positions.

In summary, The Thing Pattern Profile™ is one instrument that is used across the entire employee life cycle right from hiring, employee development, coaching, counselling, mentoring, team building, and succession planning in a quick and objective manner.