Comparison reports are a very popular tool available to the TTI SI network and for good reason! This type of report offers a side-by-side comparison of any two individuals looking for insight: managers and their direct reports, two peers experiencing conflict in their roles, and anyone outside of an organization, like partners, friends, and co-collaborators of any kind!
Taking a TTI SI assessment creates a shared language and understanding; comparison reports take that understanding to a new level. Here are ten ways to use this report type!
1. See Your Personal Growth With A Single Comparison
Comparison reports are commonly used with two people, but their use isn’t limited to that. You can compare an individual’s past report with a current report to see their specific growth in the areas assessed.
This is a great way to review how someone has changed, especially after they experience a life-changing event like graduation, the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, a marriage, or a big move. A comparison report will let you see exactly how you’ve changed and have been affected by your experiences.
2. Compare Your Style With Your Partner’s
Take a comparison report out of your organization and into your relationship! Find out if opposites attract in your partnership and see where you differ and where you agree. The insights revealed will depend on what kind of report you decide to use and can help your communication, behavioral styles, motivation, and more.
3. Measure The Differences And Similarities Between Kids And Parents
While learning more about your family, don’t stop at your spouse—- a comparison report can be used between kids and parents! It’s important to remember that things like behavioral style and skills are constantly changing and developing in children, so their report answers might vary wildly each time they retest.
Think of this comparison as a map to understanding; it gives you a snapshot of where your child is developmentally and gives you a tool to communicate about yourself to them.
4. Get In The Mindset Of Your Roommates
Living with someone is an intimate experience, but many people don’t have the luxury of living with their best friends. If you have a roommate and want to find more effective ways to communicate and share space, a comparison report will help identify similarities, differences, and areas where you can each improve.
5. Enhance Conflict Management
No workplace or relationship is without conflict, and conflict doesn’t have to be a negative thing if something valuable can come of it! Use a comparison report and a debrief with a neutral third party to lay out the strengths and weaknesses of each individual.
This kind of report can also help alleviate future conflict and manage issues before they have a chance to develop! If peers have the opportunity to learn more about each other before they clash, they’ll have a baseline understanding to work off of and a way to move forward.
6. Increase Understanding Between Managers And Their Direct Reports
A classic use of a comparison report is looking at a manager and their direct report. In too many organizations, workers are told to adapt and even over-adapt to their boss’s behavioral styles and preferences, but healthy workplaces are moving away from that expectation.
A working relationship goes both ways, and by taking initiative to truly understand their employees, bosses can demonstrate a valuable and respected trait: empathy. 96% of employees believe showing empathy will improve employee retention, according to Forbes, but 92% of workers surveyed feel empathy remains undervalued in their workplaces. Managers need to demonstrate their commitment to empathetic behavior in the workplace!
7. Introduce In Onboarding
Creating an empathetic and understanding relationship between managers and their employees is especially valuable at the beginning of their working relationship. That’s why comparison reports are so valuable as tools for the onboarding process.
Not only can your new hire learn about expectations in their role, but they can also learn very quickly and directly about how their manager operates. This also gives the manager a unique insight into their employee and their needs and can guide their leadership as they begin their role.
8. Dig Into Values
Using comparison reports with The 12 Driving Forces assessment is the fastest way to unlock the motivation of individuals. Being able to accurately define motivation can be very difficult without a shared vocabulary and set of parameters; The 12 Driving Forces assessment eliminates those barriers to understanding.
Recognizing what motivates the people around you will help in communication and conflict resolution. You will have data-based information to review and base decisions on to increase engagement and productivity within your organization and on your team.
9. Build On The Strengths Of Skills
Using the comparison report for the Competencies (DNA) assessment will give insight into the skillset of your team. Using the information revealed by this report can help increase engagement and job satisfaction since it can assist in tailoring a job to best match an individual’s skill set.
Comparing skills adds another layer of understanding. It can help you build an effective team that covers all necessary areas. If a singular member of your team has a unique skill set that doesn’t align with others, you can make sure they have the necessary support to thrive in their role.
10. Review And Compare Communication
A very helpful sheet on the DISC assessment is the page that breaks down ‘Ways to Communicate’ and ‘Ways Not to Communicate’. It gives tips and tricks on the best ways to approach another team member or partner, based on an individual’s behavioral style.
Comparing these tips between two people will create a roadmap for effective communication, which can reduce conflict and confusion down the road.
Harness the Power of Comparison Reports
Comparison reports are a great and versatile tool for people at all levels of an organization and people outside of the professional world. Find out more about yourself and others!
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