What's The Difference Between TAIS and Other Psychological Tests?
Other assessment approaches (e.g., 360 degree rating forms, many behavior rating scales, and various personality inventories) help to identify problem behaviors, or symptoms, but they do not get at the basic building blocks of highly complex performance (e.g., critical concentration skills). It is the assessment of those building blocks of performance that allows you to get at the root cause of performance problems, and to then design effective programs for management development and/or performance enhancement.
Its the ability of TAIS to get at basic concentration skills by the way, which is the reason that many consultants use the inventory in combination with other assessment tools like the MBTI, and 360 degree rating forms. Coaches, managers, and platoon leaders, as well as various behavior rating scales may be very good at identifying and quantifying existing problems. TAIS provides the information needed to get at the root cause of the problem, and to determine the best way to manage the issue.
How Do You Explain The Growth In Interest and Usage of TAIS?
TAIS was developed in 1976, and has been revised several times since then. Growth in the use of the inventory has been relatively slow, due in part to the fact that no serious attempt has been made to market and sell the inventory. Usage has developed through word of mouth, and/or because someone happened to read one of the articles published in various professional journals.
TAIS first became popular and broadly used with elite level athletes in sport, in the early 80's where it was painfully obvious to everyone that the concentration skills measured by the instrument were directly related to success and/or failure. Military use of the inventory began a few years later, as military psychologists saw similarities between the concentration skills (e.g., the ability to focus, to be environmentally aware, and to make split second decisions) required in sport, and those required by special operations forces who were often operating behind enemy lines. Then, in the early 90's, interest in TAIS within the business sector began to increase. This was due to two factors:
· There was growing evidence of the instruments utility in helping to identify and develop those individuals who had to be able perform under highly competitive conditions.
· Advances in technology, and the breakdown of the barrier between East and West, created global opportunities and intense global competition. This forced many companies to grow rapidly, and put incredible pressure on management to make better products, cheaper, and faster. TAIS plays an important role in helping to identify and develop managers that are capable of responding to those challenges.
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