We believe that success is most readily achieved when people are engaged and energised in their worlds. At the deepest level, people are motivated to seek satisfaction in both life and work. Understanding this driving force can be a powerful tool for individuals, groups and organisations to reach their full potential.
MRG’s Personal Directions® occupies a unique position in the vast array of assessment techniques and support materials which facilitators are employing to guide these development efforts. PD encompasses 18 life architecture and 11 quality of life variables along with 17 key motivational dimensions to provide individuals with clear, powerful feedback on how they see themselves in significant areas of their lives.
Using the Personal Directions® allows a mirror to be placed in front of you to enable reflection on where you are at the moment and, even more insightful, the opportunity to analyse the patterns of our life and career. The greater freedom of choice which comes from self understanding enables you to deal with any transitions effectively and with more congruity.
Personal Directions is a report which provides individuals with personalised feedback based on their responses to the Personal Directions Questionnaire. The questionnaire measures three areas of a person’s life: the types of emotional satisfaction one is striving to achieve, the life sectors in which one is currently investing time and energy, and the quality of life one is currently experiencing.
Personal Directions® gives individuals the opportunity to explore their motivations, examine how these have affected the choices they have made in different areas of their lives, and consider what actions they might wish to take in the future. Personal Directions® provides a foundation for career development and personal growth planning that:
- Presents individuals with feedback on where they see themselves in a number of significant areas of life.
- Provides information on areas where individuals are currently gaining satisfaction or feeling dissatisfied.
- Suggests ideas individuals can consider as they evaluate and review their current personal and career choices and options for change.
- Creates a structure individuals can use to develop strategies for reaching objectives while building on what they have already accomplished.
- Makes transitions more successful by helping individuals understand where and why they have invested their energies and what rewards they are receiving from those investments.
The first section of the Report provides individuals with feedback on their “Individual Directions Inventory”, the underlying directions they use to guide their lives.
The IDI represent our aspirations and motives, our emotional drivers. They show the direction and force with which we are likely to push against the world in order to achieve specific emotional goals. The way in which these goals are achieved may vary dramatically, depending on the person. For example, a person who gains satisfaction from giving support, affection and empathy to others is very different from a person who rejects this focus and wants to be highly self-sufficient and independent.
The second section of the Report, “Appraise Your World” provides individuals with feedback on the areas of their world in which they are working to realise their Personal Directions.
Feedback is provided on 18 specific dimensions or sectors of life, showing the emphasis and energy currently being invested in each. Each sector represents a major area of experiences, values, interests and activities. The profile of these life sectors is arranged according to their influence on four specific aspects of life: Professional/Public Self, Leisure Self, Personal Self and Inner Self, forming a continuous range from one’s direct dealings with the external world to one’s most internal, introspective life.
The third section of the Report, “World Outcomes,” provides feedback to individuals on several dimensions that might be considered “bottom line” outcomes in life (i.e. one’s current levels of satisfaction and security). These quality of life factors may be looked upon as another piece of the puzzle in optimizing one’s enjoyment and satisfaction with life. They are often helpful in providing direction for future decisions and development. To that end, the Personal Directions Report also provides a structured process for integrating all of the feedback information, prioritizing developmental areas, and creating personal action plans.
Along with the LEA the PDI the Performance+ process offers us a way of understanding what exemplars in the organisation do, believe and are driven to achieve. In understanding what drives the exemplars we can share in the organisation some of the belief systems and thought processes which underpin exceptional performance.