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  • Susan Belangee

Why the BASIS-A?, Part 3

How many of us want the fast and easy answer? Count me in! If I can get the information needed in less time and in straight-forward, easy-to-understand ways, then that saves time and energy for other equally important things.

In my work with clients over the years, many of them would bring into session their results from various work-based leadership assessments and ask for my help in understanding what it all means. I've helped them with the MBTI, the DISC, the StrengthsFinder, the Birkman, among other inventories, and I have often found that complexity leads to confusion, especially when little to no interactive or personalized feedback is provided.

These inventories are widely used and regarded highly in the business world. However, the information obtained from them is only as good as one's ability to make sense of it and then, most importantly, put it to use. My clients would frequently ask me "so what does this mean for me?" or "now what do I do with this information?" I would also hear, "the BASIS-A told me more about myself and why I do what I do than this inventory did." What I would share with them is the following:

  1. The BASIS-A is just 65 items and it is written on a grade school reading level, so the items are easy to understand and relate to.

  2. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

  3. The feedback focuses on how you USE the strengths.

Therefore, in comparison to these other well-known assessments, the BASIS-A is a simple, quick, yet comprehensive inventory that yields valuable information in terms of how individuals use their traits. But let's remember that the essential component, no matter the inventory, is the interpretation of the results by a trained individual. The structure of the BASIS-A allows for fast, clear feedback that can be done one-on-one or in a group setting, thereby making it an ideal assessment for businesses and organizations.


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