The Personal Skills Map®

How many other emotional intelligence (EQ) assessment instruments can say this; Over two million (2,000,000) administrations and counting? That is right, two million administrations! Why is our Personal Skills Map so popular? It’s simple – the Personal Skills Map is the most practical and cost-effective assessment for emotional intelligence in the industry. More importantly, it was specifically designed to link the assessment process to the skill-intervention process.

Assessments Drive Instruction

The Conover Company introduced our Assessments Drive Instruction (SM) technology several decades ago. This is the technology that enables you, as the administrator, to link the assessment process to the skill-intervention process. One of the key factors related to emotional intelligence is that, unlike IQ, EQ can be enhanced with proper assessment and intervention. We identified the need for a self-assessment instrument targeted toward successful life skills development, thanks to the authors’ involvement in individual and group counseling, as well as human development education and consulting. The result was our Personal Skills Map, which was designed to provide a framework for self-assessment of personal skills for success.

The Many Hats of the Personal Skills Map

The original Personal Skills Map was introduced in July 1979. Over the years, the Personal Skills Map has been perceived as:

  • A tool for creating a needs-based, personalized skill-intervention plan
  • A framework for an educational experience in human development education built on a positive skills training approach
  • A framework for a evidence-based online assessment and skills-intervention system

The Personal Skills Map assessment covers the emotional intelligence competencies that are most strongly correlated with personal and career success. Those competencies include self-esteem, interpersonal assertion, interpersonal awareness, empathy, drive strength/motivation, decision making, time management, sales orientation/leadership, commitment ethic, stress management, physical wellness, interpersonal aggression, interpersonal deference and change orientation.

Making Sense of the Map

This chart is indicative of individuals who seem to have lots of drive and commitment to deliver, but are resistant to personal change. The Decision Making and Time Management skill levels imply that these are people who work hard
rather than smart. Interpersonal Awareness is not a strong area, and probably results in a stronger desire to work hard than to have close friendships. Persons with this profile most likely believe that if they just work hard, they can get by without change. They have very little ability to cope with change due to their low Self-Esteem, Stress Management and Physical Wellness levels. The person’s Change Orientation is low and, as a result, no need is seen to make personal change. (Change Orientation includes the degree to which a person is ready for and willing to change.)

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