The standardized Personal Style Survey used by LIFO® trainers is a quick, straightforward way of finding out each person’s preferred way of doing things. It is a survey, not a test - so there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers. The feedback after you complete the Survey is completely non-judgmental. It simply highlights how each individual behaves, both in normal circumstances and when under stress.
The feedback that you receive will classify your behavior as falling mainly into one or two of four basic orientations or styles.
You will recognize your behavior very strongly in the feedback!
The Personal Style Survey is constructed as a “forced choice ranking” of four different endings to each statement. The process of forcing the person completing the survey to choose between 4 behaviors quickly is designed to access the individual’s sub-conscious self-understanding and to bring it into conscious understanding through feedback and discussion of the survey results.
Because the process is non-threatening it is possible to openly discuss and confirm the survey findings with the client - “Does this feel or sound accurate to them?” The licensee can encourage them to discuss and validate the findings with friends and colleagues. It is important to ensure that they choose someone who they trust to know them and to have a constructive opinion to offer. If necessary, they should be allowed to modify the findings to create a “best fit” profile of their behavior. However, some aspects of traditional reliability and validity measures are helpful.
The feedback will give you unique insights into how you behave under different circumstances. Guided by a LIFO® trainer, you can explore how to make more of your strengths, recognize what prevents you from achieving more highly and minimise ineffective behavior. The feedback also points you towards ways of getting on better with other people; and how to make the most of their strengths.
You will find that the feedback can have a powerful effect on you. Imagine how it could work if your entire team completed the survey. Because the feedback is completely objective, people feel comfortable discussing the survey findings and their implications and developing positive ways to respond to each others’ strengths, supported at every step by LIFO® consultants.
The LIFO® method and MBTI measure different aspects of human functioning. They can be used for similar purposes, but the outcomes will be different.
Both instruments can be used to create self-awareness. Both can be used to create the ‘Aha!’ moment, when a person suddenly realizes how they fit into the world. Thereafter, LIFO® provides more opportunities for individuals to take steps to make personal changes.
Overlaying a person’s LIFO® profile over your competency framework will be a really useful starting-point for that individual to celebrate their strengths. They will also be able to ask themselves: ‘Given my strengths, which competencies will I achieve naturally? Which will I find difficult? And which will be completely unnatural activities for me?’ Overlaying LIFO® profiles over the competency framework will enable you to analyze the way your people operate in the workplace - starting from looking at their strengths.
Most definitely! LIFO® has lots of ideas for using the method to make daily life smoother by communicating better. It can also help you to deal with stress. We also offer courses on LIFO® and parenting — contact us for details.
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