Librarians and The Birkman Method® Personality & Vocational Assesment…03.15.09

15 03 2009


After having posted about several other personality profiles/tests/surveys and their potential with librarians (see links to older posts below), I wonder how “The Birkman Method®” relates to determining one’s compatibility with the library profession. I have not had any experience with it but here is their official explanation of the “The Birkman Method®”: 

The Birkman Method® consists of a 298-question personality assessment and a series of related report sets that facilitate team building, executive coaching leadership development, career counseling and interpersonal conflict resolution. The Birkman Method® combines motivational, behavioral and interest evaluation into one single assessment, which provides a multi-dimensional and comprehensive analysis, thus reducing the need for multiple assessments. The questionnaire is delivered on-line and should take about 45 minutes to complete. It has been translated into 11 languages in addition to English.

Through a combination of regression and factor analysis, The Birkman Method® identifies the respondent’s everyday interpersonal style (usual behavior), and unlike most other popular assessments, gives unique insights into underlying motivations and needs. Stress behaviors are identified when these needs are not met. Knowing the underlying motivations and the consequences of unmet needs give the coach, consultant, counselor and organizational development professional an effective way to improve workplace performance and reduce conflict.

In brief, The Birkman Method® includes the five following major perspectives:

  • 1. Usual Behavior – an individual’s effective behavioral style of dealing with relationships and tasks. 
  • 2. Underlying Needs – an individual’s expectations of how relationships and social situations should be governed in context of the relationship or situation. 
  • 3. Stress Behaviors – an individual’s ineffective style of dealing with relationships or tasks; behavior observed when underlying needs are not met. 
  • 4. Interests – an individual’s expressed preference for job titles based on the assumption of equal economic rewards. 
  • 5. Organizational Focus – the perspective in which an individual views problems and solutions relating to organizational goals.

As the premier non-clinical instrument for measuring human behavior and occupational strengths, the Birkman provides a wide range of applications including:

   Pre-Employment Conflict Management
   Individual Development Stress Management
   Team Building Culture Management
   Team Development Mergers and Acquisitions
   Career Guidance Workplace Diversity
   Career Management Succession Planning
   Career Transition Crisis Management
   Coaching Retirement Planning
   Executive Coaching Marital Counseling
   Leadership Development Counseling


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