There are many assessments, most focused on identifying your strengths, very few on weaknesses. Most are broad, providing bulky psychologist-written reports without practical help to implement the recommendations. I’ve taken many such assessments but found few of practical use.

Strengths are advantageous in some situations, and disadvantageous in others. Same with weaknesses. We need assessments that examine a person’s strengths and weaknesses in specific contexts – I focused on the BUSINESS CONTEXT, identifying relevant factors that indicate each individual’s strengths, weaknesses, enablers and disablers. Why focus on disablers, baggage and weaknesses?

Our strengths (and weaknesses) grow quickly during our early years. We learn to leverage our known strengths and enablers(repeatedly), while (mostly) ignoring our weaknesses, disablers and baggage. In mid-career, our strengths grow more slowly – don’t increase by 20% annually. On the other hand, our disablers and weaknesses we’ve been ignoring keep increasing our baggage. Our performance depends on our strengths AND weaknesses, enablers AND disablers…

So, past your mid-career, identifying and getting rid of your weaknesses, disablers and baggage will improve your performance much more than simply leveraging your known strengths. Think about it…

From my decades of experience (Boeing, Lucent, VC and 5 startups), extensive research, and the help of 2 psychologists, we’ve developed assessments for three areas that are most important to business leaders.

1.     Business is about money – revenues, profits… A business leader’s relationship with money could enable or disable business success. Find out your relationship with money and business from this assessment: “Are you wired to succeed in business?” at: (81% certainty based on ~ 1000 test takers).
2.     Everybody has hidden strengths and weaknesses (which they often hide). You can find out how 20 different ‘silent killers of success’ enable or disable your success by taking this assessment:
3.     People who are aware of their intelligence, smartness and accomplishments have certain behaviors – behave in enabling or disabling ways. You can find out how ‘smartness’ affects you by taking this assessment of 16 factors:

The better way to assess yourself, employees or potential hires is to also explore the person’s innate strengths, weaknesses and disablers (plus resume).

Improve yourself and your team smartly.

Prevent bad hires.