Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the Situational Mindsets Indicator® differ from other leadership inventories?
Most leadership inventories concentrate on personal traits, personal preferences, competencies or style. The Situational Mindsets Indicator® focuses on analyzing the current situation, environment or context . Therefore, the focus is on collecting timely data and identifying current priorities or goals to deal with a changing reality. Respondents select a real assignment, task or initiative for use when taking the inventory.
2. How does it compare to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) or DiSC®?
The MBTI and DiSC assess psychological preferences or how people prefer to relate and communicate with others. It is an introspective self-analysis tool based on the conceptual work of Carl Jung.. The premise of these assessments is that these interpersonal preferences are basically consistent over time, since they reflect a person’s “personality.” They explore style and preference, while the SMI focuses on agility in response to changing realities and circumstances
3. Who should take it?
People who are responsible for goal achievement including executives and managers, team and task force leaders, project or product managers, and team members held accountable for achieving results should take it. People who are not being held accountable for goal achievement would not benefit unless they are developing their skills for the future, including their ability to influence others.
4. How long does it take to complete the Situational Mindsets Indicator®?
As with any instrument, the time an individual takes varies. On average, the time to complete and score the inventory is 12 to 18 minutes.
5. Do I have to complete the Situational Mindsets Indicator®, read the material, and complete the exercises in all one session?
It is best to complete the SMI inventory in one session. However, you can save your answers you can return to it later. The application material can be accessed and completed in multiple sessions. The results and data are saved on file for a period of thirty days.
6. How can I print out my Situational Mindsets Indicator® report?
The Print and Download options are located on the grey bar at the top of the report. Depending on the width of your computer monitor, there may be a >> symbol present to the right side of the grey bar. In that case, click the >> symbol to reveal the Print and Download options.
8. Is the Situational Mindsets Indicator® valid?
The Situational Mindsets Indicator® was subjected to and meets vigorous scientific and statistical standards of validity and reliability
9. How does the Situational Mindsets Indicator® differ from other leadership inventories?
Most leadership inventories analyze personal traits, personal preferences, competencies or style. The Situational Mindsets Indicator® focuses on analyzing a situation to identify your current driving goals or mindset. All of the mindsets add value but we must make trade-offs between the six mindsets since multi-tasking fails. Therefore, the focus is on desired results at a point in time. It does not label a person since new information, changing realities and success shift our priorities.
10. Why is the term enterprise used?
“Enterprise” is used to include the project, assignment, task, or initiative that is used as the focal point during the assessment. Using this unique term clarifies that people are to select a specific situation for analysis.