From the very beginning, we knew our Personal Skills Map would go far, but it has actually exceeded our greatest expectations. There are now 120 masters and doctoral-level dissertations, papers and books published on this popular instrument. Not only that, but the Personal Skills Map now has over 8,500,000 (8.5 million) administrations. The fact that no other instrument even comes close to these numbers tells us that we must be doing something right!
The Personal Skills Map is the most popular assessment in the marketplace to address personal effectiveness skills. Personal effectiveness skills are the critical skills employers are demanding from educational institutions that claim to have their students “career ready.” These skills are not taught in math or science class, yet they are critical skills for succeeding in the workplace. The Personal Skills Map has over 30 years of research to address skills such as decision making, time management, motivation, commitment, stress management and more.
In the early 1970s two consulting psychologists (Darwin Nelson, Gary Low, 1976) began to research personal success skills. At that time IQ was thought to be the best predictor for success. When they took a closer look at IQ they found that, while some people with high IQs were successful in life, many others crashed and burned. What they found was that individuals with modest IQs can succeed far beyond anyone’s expectations. What made the difference? Basic academic skills coupled with social/emotional skills (emotional intelligence) make all the difference. Their early research has just now begun to be verified by hundreds of researchers in the field, who are finding that Social/emotional skills are the most critical element for personal effectiveness and success in our society.
Now let’s take a closer look and breakdown each scale individually: