i3, which stands for Individual Instinctive Indicators, is a personality profiling tool that supports the growth and development of individuals and teams.
The i3 Profiling tool was developed, in South Africa in 1996, at a time when the country was bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and cultures in a young democracy. Businesses quickly became interested as they found that the tool helped people reflect on and celebrate their diversity, motivating and uniting people, leading to a greater synergy and effectiveness for organisations or institutions. Since 2009 the tool has developed from individual assessments through the introduction of an IT platform and the addition of i3 Recruit and i3 Dynamix. i3 now offers the complete package of Identification, Development and Team Building all based on a single assessment.
What is i3?
While i3 is NOT a psychometric tool signed off by the British Psychological Society, over 25,000 have now been completed without anyone saying their profile does not represent them. It is a preference oriented profile which does not measure competence but is more a question of natural preference. However, generally we all prefer what we are naturally good at. It represents the here and now and is a snapshot of your preference traits at that time. Traits can be influenced out of necessity as roles change but this is not a quick process hence profiles are current for a minimum of about a year. It consists of two parts:
Part 1: Productive Environment:
Part 1 is about your preferred working environment in its broadest sense. In other words, it is all about the “space” in which you are most comfortable working. The small green circle indicates the area of preferred performance, grey is the area of comfort and the blue ring is moving towards an uncomfortable working environment. Beyond that, we can all be comfortable adapting to different environments. However, the further from the green centre you are operating, and the longer the time spent outside your circles, the more uncomfortable you will be and this may lead to stress and a lack of productivity.
Part 2: Instinctive Indicators in Depth:
There are seven different indicators, assigned a numerical value from the online questionnaire. The scores relate to natural preferences, not capability and so there is no benefit in comparing scores to others. It is the order and the numerical difference between the individual scores that are the things to note, particularly how dominant the primary indicator is, or top indicators are. A trait that appears at the bottom, or lower end, of the profile does not mean that an individual lacks the natural strengths associated with that trait. It simply means that they will need to make a more conscious effort to access those traits that are less instinctive. The indicators high in the mix are those that you access with no effort.
i3 Profiling helps identify strengths and productive environments and at 28Quest we use it extensively in support of our clients.