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What is the Birkman Method®?

The Birkman Method® is a personality, social perception, and occupational interest assessment identifying behavioral styles, motivations, expectations, and stress behaviors. This assessment provides an integrated, multi-dimensional, and comprehensive analysis that often eliminates the need for multiple assessments. Not a psychological assessment, it is not invasive and not judgmental.

The Birkman Method® consists of a 298-question personality assessment from which a series of report sets can be generated that facilitate team building, executive coaching, leadership development, career guidance, stress management, interpersonal conflict resolution, culture management, mergers and aquisitions and more.

The questionnaire is delivered on-line and should take about 45 minutes to complete. It has been translated into 12 languages.

The Birkman Method® consists of ten scales describing occupational preferences (Interests), 11 scales describing “effective behaviors” (Usual behaviors) and 11 scales describing interpersonal and environmental expectations (Needs or Expectations). A corresponding set of 11 scale values was derived to describe “less than effective” behaviors (Stress behaviors).
What does the Birkman Method® measure?

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.

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.

People have a unique perspective that becomes a filter for their perception. The Birkman Method® defines that perceptual filter, which then allows people to gain a more accurate understanding of how their viewpoint correlates with those of their coworkers and teammates. This leads to a validation and acceptance of differences rather than personal judgments.

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