You: By the Numbers

Something unexpected about getting an MBA is the number of assessments we’ve taken for various classes. Some may seem superficial, but may apply more accurately than you’d think. I struggled with taking the assessments based on my actions and actual emotions, rather than how I wanted to act and feel. In any case, it’s been interesting to amass the results and see how they relate.

Here’s a collection of them:

Emotional Intelligence: Assesses your Social Competence and Personal Competence, and helps you identify strategies to improve. (Accompanied by a book, $13.70.)

Strengthsfinder: This assessment finds your top five strengths from a list of 34. It identifies how to best leverage these strengths and how to avoid over-using them. (Accompanied by a book, $13.40.)

TKI Conflict Assessment: An assessment that shows your general affinity with five conflict styles: Collaborating, Avoiding, Accommodating, Compromising, and Competing. ($40 for an individual, discounted for groups and education)

Reflected Best Self: Certainly the most personal assessment. It involves asking your friends, family, and colleagues to give you examples of “when you are at your best.” I asked something like 35 people and got 21 responses. The recommendation is to try and get 20 responses for a representative sample. Some people found it harder than expected to get responses, so don’t feel too bummed out if people don’t respond right away and you have to prod them! (FREE)

The following analyze your impact on the planet:

Water Footprint (FREE)

Global Footprint Network (FREE)

The Nature Conservancy Carbon Footprint (FREE)

The most insightful assessment has been the Reflected Best Self. Although it’s supremely awkward to ask your colleagues to write you examples of when you are at your best, it’s very useful. It’s validated some of the results I got on other assessments. Some results were expected, and some were very surprising. I highly recommend just doing it.

The footprint calculators have inspired me to eat significantly less dairy and eggs as a personal sustainability project. It’s amazing how much water and resource it takes to create animal product. I was aware of the impact of meat, but not dairy and eggs. You may be surprised at which habits you have that are particularly impactful!