I currently have two careers.
I run creativity sessions, helping people to use creative, off the wall ways to gain new insights or potential solutions to difficult problems. I always see the big picture and I tend to treat the details as irrelevant.
On the other hand, I am an analyst, I love getting deeper and deeper into a set of performance data, or researching how and why a particular process is working, or not.
I do both well. I have a successful career in one and am building a second career in the other, but I have often wondered how this can be as they seem diametrically opposed.
So I did the Highlands Ability Battery and everything started to make sense.
The report generated from my various test results said that I have “A unique, individual way of looking at the world; and a different perspective on most things”. It also said I will prefer to operate in a long-term timeframe. I do not need to immediately see the results of my work.
The analyst in me is now happy since it has a clearer understanding of how the detail side and the big picture view can co-exist so cheerfully. The creative part of me is still laughing at the comment that “You will not usually come up with the ‘regular’ response or express the majority view.” Very true, and the essence of a good creativity session.
Why Highlands Ability Battery?
The underlying concept is that each of us is born with a set of talents or abilities. These are, in that sense, innate; once we reach adolescence they cannot be changed or learnt, however they can be assessed and understood.
This for me is the single most important aspect of the Highlands Ability Battery. It helps you identify and understand your innate strengths and capabilities, so you can make the most of them. It also helps you recognize and accept that there are some things you will only ever be, at best, average at. Armed with this knowledge, you can minimize the stress in your working life, perform better and gain greater satisfaction.
Highlands Ability Battery is an investment
At the end of the test my results were collated and assessed by Engauge. I then had a two hour one-to-one debrief, with Hayley Oats. Naturally, it was tailored precisely to my needs: Hayley had a forty-page report on my abilities and knew exactly the kind of feedback that I would need. I wanted the detail, the background, the meaning behind it all. I needed to talk about it and reflect on it. And of course the report was mine to keep.
Together, the feedback and the report are a goldmine of useful insights into your abilities. You are given the results of each test compared to all the other people who have taken the test.
The detailed commentary that accompanied my scores suggested ways that I could make the most of this knowledge and the opportunities and threats that come with both high and low scores. I had chosen to receive the Leadership Report and so the examples were in the context of a leadership role in business. There are other reports available too, geared towards other environments.
3 benefits of using Highlands Ability Battery
- I am at a career crossroads. One career is coming to a natural end so I have the opportunity to explore other areas. By combining what I already knew about my preferences, MBTI type etc, with the new insight from the Highlands Ability Battery, I now have a much deeper and broader awareness and understanding of my abilities at a fundamental level.
- I am better equipped to assess future career paths based on this understanding. IF I take pathA, then, whilst I may do well, I will be making relatively poor use of my innate abilities. This will have two consequences: firstly I will have to work harder to achieve a given end, and probably endure greater stress because of it. Secondly, because I will not be making good use of what I am good at I am likely to feel frustrated.
- I now know and understand my ‘driving abilities’ and I can more easily see why some roles in my career have gone really well and others less so!
Vandy told me that this was the most useful assessment she had ever taken and I wholeheartedly agree. It was a truly good investment in something really worthwhile: Me!