Acumen and Competencies Drive Performance

Exceptional performers understand themselves, both strengths and weaknesses. This awareness allows them to adapt to their competencies; draw effectively on their strengths; and focus on improving their weaknesses.

At Emerge, we rely on the Tri-Feedback process of professional development, targeting three areas:
• Personal growth through self-discovery
• Improving relationships through enhanced communication and understanding
• Professional development by understanding how potential strengths and weaknesses affect on-the-job performance

Assessing Competencies

A science-based assessment reveals the relative strength of 25 unique personal skills, ranking them from the most well-developed skill to the skill which requires the greatest degree of further work. These skills directly relate to the business environment.

Success at a specific job will depend on a specific constellation of competencies. These are the competencies which we assess at Emerge:

• Appreciating Others
• Conflict Management
• Continuous Learning
• Creativity and Innovation
• Conceptual Thinking
• Customer Focus
• Decision Making
• Diplomacy
• Employee Development/Coaching
• Flexibility
• Futuristic Thinking
• Goal Orientation
• Influencing Others
• Interpersonal Skills
• Leadership
• Negotiation
• Personal Accountability
• Planning and Organizing
• Problem Solving
• Project Management
• Resiliency
• Self Starting
• Teamwork
• Time and Priority Management
• Understanding Others

Vital Competencies Vary from Job to Job

When a person’s competencies are examined in conjunction with a job benchmark, it reveals the degree to which the skills of the individual match the soft skills required by his/her job.

For many jobs, research shows that personal skills (also called soft skills) are just as vital as technical skills in achieving superior performance. In contrast to technical skills, personal skills are generally transferable to different jobs, and are usually essential to advance into leadership roles.

Individual Strengths, Team Context

While identifying individual strengths is important, the real magic happens when those strengths are assessed in the context of a team. As the results for team members are viewed as a whole, profound strengths are revealed, and strategies for applying those strengths within the team are essential.

A clear understanding of team members’ competencies is a powerful tool for harnessing the best from each member. Focusing objectively on strengths and weaknesses, then assigning responsibilities accordingly, helps build unity and maximize accomplishments.

Individual and Team Self-Awareness Breed Success

Ultimately, the self-awareness which is so valuable for individual growth is equally valuable to a team. A science-based assessment, with a concrete, objective and easily interpreted graphic written result, puts all team members on the same page. With the fundamental information clearly laid out, teams can learn to embrace their differences along with the advantages that a diverse roster of skills confers, positioning both the members and the whole team for success.

Written by Julie Soderlund
on October 2, 2017

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