With PI®, you’ll be more able to:
- Strengthen your whole organization by understanding the unique capabilities of your people
- Have confidence in your hiring decisions and reduce costly turnover
- Get the maximum benefit from each of your people
- Improve your personal effectiveness and understand the impact of your own leadership style on others
- Avoid potential conflicts by knowing before you hire someone how you will work together
- Find the right individuals to complement your strengths
- Delegate the right things to the right people
Build Strong Teams
Assembling a group of people to achieve a common goal has great power. Harnessing that power requires that the team operate effectively.
The diversity of experience and work styles can bring together complementary talents, enabling skillful completion of a variety of tasks. The rub, however, is that these differences can cause friction and misunderstanding. The most effective form of communication for one person may be the least effective for another. One person’s decision-making style may be in direct conflict with another’s. These are just two of the many causes of stress, frustration, and loss of productivity and profit. Understanding how people work together is one of the principal applications of PI®. If we are to work productively with others, we need to understand, as best we can, our own impact and the others’ points of view. The PI assessment provides objective information on a person’s motivating needs and styles, helping us to bridge gaps within the team.
Retain Valuable Employees
Retaining talented, motivated people is vital to the success of any company. Often, the primary distinguishing characteristic of an industry leader is the quality and motivation of people across the organization. In addition, the cost of turnover is enormous, not only in terms of out-of-pocket expenses related to severance, recruitment, and selection but also in lost opportunity and productivity. PI® can help to improve employee retention by improving the fit between individuals and jobs at the point of selection, by providing more rewarding work experiences, and by developing managers to lead and motivate people more effectively.
Motivate Your People
Every contact a manager has with each and every employee is an opportunity to motivate — or de-motivate. Also, every action and communication that takes place in the organization has an impact on the people in it. How will they respond? Will everyone respond in a similar manner? (Not likely.) How can we gain enthusiasm, energy and a “push from behind” for our business initiatives? How can we maximize the amount of energy each employee will devote to the benefit of the company and his or her success in the job?
PI® provides very specific insights into how people are motivated, how they will perceive the demands of the environment, the kinds of work most invigorates them, and many other factors contributing to motivation.
Deal Effectively with Conflict
Ask most managers where they spend most of their, so-called, non-productive time, and most will answer, “Dealing with people issues!”
Differences and disagreements are a natural part of working together. In a healthy organization, where there are appropriate channels and ways of expressing differences, a certain amount of disagreement – or “conflict” – is energizing and often creative. However, when differences lead to personal confrontation, inappropriate aggression, or intolerably high levels of tension, something must be done to mitigate the tension and redirect the behaviors of those involved. This is the job of the manager, often in partnership with an HR professional.
PI® is a source of information that can be a very powerful tool in helping to resolve conflict. By looking at the patterns of those involved, the manager can gain an objective understanding of similarities and differences in the people that may contribute to the underlying cause of the difficulties. She or he can also use PI® to help design a way to approach the situation that will be most acceptable to, and effective with, the people involved.