Supervisors taking the USGS Supervisory Challenge class are given the opportunity to complete three assessments that will provide them with information on their management, conflict, and thinking styles.
Everything DiSC Management
Everything DiSC (E-DiSC) Management is a simple tool that helps supervisors discover their management style and how their styles affect how they manage time, make decisions, and solve problems. They also learn a method for recognizing the behavioral styles of others as a way to begin to understand them better. The E-DiSC assessment measures four basic styles that describe how people approach their work and relationships.
Everyone is a blend of all styles but most people tend most strongly toward one or two styles. Supervisory Challenge participants are asked to complete the assessments prior to class and bring their results with them for discussion during class.
Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode Indicator
The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) has been used successfully for more than 30 years to help individuals in a variety of settings understand how different conflict styles affect personal and group dynamics. The TKI measures five conflict-handling modes, or ways of dealing with conflict: competing, collaborating, compromising, avoiding, and accommodating.
Participants of Supervisory Challenge will also have the opportunity to take the TKI assessment. Results from this assessment will be discussed during class. Participants are asked to complete the assessment prior the first day of class following the directions provided in the Welcome Letter.
Hermann Brain Dominance
In 1976, while researching the brain as the source of creativity, Ned Herrmann learned of the pioneering brain research of Roger Sperry, Paul MacLean, Joseph Bogen and Michael Gazzanaga. From their work it is clear that the brain has four distinct and specialized structures. Inspired by this research, Herrmann worked with EEG scans and, later, paper-and-pencil questionnaires to identify four distinct types of thinking, each roughly corresponding to one of the brain structures. The result of this research is the Herrmann Whole Brain Model.In August 1979, after many tests, in-depth research, and mountains of data, Herrmann had developed a valid self-assessment that enables individuals to understand their own thinking style preferences—the HBDI. Once an individual understands his or her thinking style preferences, the door is open to improved communication, leadership, management, problem solving, decision-making, and other aspects of personal and interpersonal development. Supervisory Challenge participants are given the opportunity to take this assessment during class as additional feedback that they can apply while fulfilling their supervisory responsibilities.