This article was originally written and posted by Dr Dan Harrison. You can read the original version here.
In today’s specialised work environment, talent is not enough. Talented people must effectively work together in order for the organization to succeed. HR budgets are tight and finding the right combination of talented people who can work together day in and day out to achieve positive results is difficult. As any good sports team knows, getting the right talent on the team in the right positions working together is imperative.
Harrison Assessments Paradox Theory reveals team dynamics in a way that has never before been possible, enabling individual team members to easily identify how their own behaviors contribute or obstruct the team objectives.
Harrison Assessments Paradox Theory provides a greater depth of psychological understanding because it reveals an entire system of behavior rather than merely offering insights about speciﬁc traits. It also predicts stress behavior and providesa framework that facilitates objective understanding of self and a clear direction for self-development.
It provides a step-by-step plan in which each team member can make adjustments to facilitate optimal team performance.
In essence, HA is a team building tool to achieve the following:
• Create teams with effective interactions.
• Discover the strengths and challenges of a team including team decision-making potential.
• Identify the best roles for each team member
• Assess the potential for cooperation or conﬂict.
• Establish clear guidelines for effective interactions.
HA can predict how people will:
• Communicate, inﬂuence and lead
• Handle autonomy
• Take personal initiative
• Resist or facilitate change
• Handle conﬂict
• Seek to learn, grow, and excel
• Plan and organize…and much more.
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