The Birkman Method® is a powerful tool that provides critical insight into how we lead, learn, think, decide and relate to others.
The Birkman® creates a five-dimensional portrait of individuals and team members within organizations by outlining their interests and goals, operating strengths and motivational needs, as well as how their behavior may change under stress. All of these factors have an impact on individual, team and organization-wide productivity.
Essential background about The Birkman Method®:
It’s a comprehensive system for assessing individual, team and organizational effectiveness.
It is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers, and the results are portrayed positively.
It's a motivational assessment tool—not a psychological or clinical evaluation. As a result, unlike many other assessment instruments, it is compliant with all ADA, EEOC and other similar federal laws.
It's used and tested globally and available in 15 languages.
It is non-judgmental. The questionnaire is phrased in such a way as to be nonthreatening and nonjudgmental.
What the Birkman® Measures:
People have a unique perspective that becomes a filter for their perception. The Birkman® defines that perceptual filter, which then allows people to gain a more accurate understanding of how their viewpoint correlates with those of their coworkers and teammates. This leads to a validation and acceptance of differences rather than personal judgments.
Through this instrument we measure four-dimensions of an individual: interests, usual behavior/style, needs, and stress behavior, and “personal success zone.”
Interests look at what a person likes to do but does not evaluate competency.
Usual behavior or style describes the observable behaviors an individual exhibits most of the time. These can be considered strengths.
Needs look at the underlying motivational factors that, when met, allow people to operate out of their strengths. It is the environment in which this person is most likely to thrive.
Stress behavior is defined as the reaction to some unique need not being met.
Personal success zone takes the combined traits of the first four dimensions and compares it to occupational categories and organizational elements.
A critical component of the above is that The Birkman® evaluates each of the dimensions individually. There is not always a correlation between the way a person behaves and the way he or she prefers to be treated by other people.