Assessing Your Skills

Resources that may help you identify your giftedness include: 

IDAK Group Talent Discovery Guide Online Assessment

Since its beginning in 1980, IDAK has focused on the assessment of a person’s full potential from an organizational and career planning perspective.  The name IDAK stands for one’s unique identity: ID = identity, AK = the Hebrew equivalent of unique or uniqueness.

The specialty which IDAK has pioneered and has now become its trademark is assessing innate Natural Talents as the key predictor for best job fit.  This aptitude specialty is separate from the more commonly measured personality characteristics, work skills, education or training equivalents.  IDAK has become recognized nationally as one of a very select few organizations which recognizes Natural Talents as critical to the question of maximum productivity and mid-career advancement.

SIMA® International

The System for Identifying Motivated Abilities® (SIMA®) is a proprietary, non-psychological, qualitative process for clearly identifying a person’s innate giftedness—their motivated strengths, interests, contextual circumstances, preferred roles, and motivational drives.

Using SIMA®, we can demonstrate that every person has been endowed with a uniquely motivated and purposeful behavioral pattern. When people live and work in accordance with their pattern, they experience remarkably productive and meaningful lives.

The SIMA® process involves an in-depth interview in which a candidate tells us about activities they have done in life that they enjoyed doing and did well, beginning in childhood all the way to the present. We then analyze those stories to discover the unique motivational pattern of the person. We call that a Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP®).

A Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP®) identifies five aspects of a person’s functioning:

  • the motivated abilities the person naturally and instinctively uses to accomplish anything that matters to him/her.
  • the subject matter that s/he most naturally works on, with, or through.
  • the circumstances or environmental conditions in which s/he thrives.
  • the roles and relationships s/he prefers to have relative to others.
  • the central motivational thrust or “payoff” that drives the person’s behavior.

A MAP® is very predictive in terms of career success and satisfaction.

We have used MAPs® for more than 50 years and with thousands of organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit, to make strategic hires, improve organizational effectiveness, assemble and align teams, diagnose performance issues, develop up-and-coming leaders, and think through succession planning.

StrengthFinders 2.0

In 1998, the Father of Strengths Psychology, Donald O.  Clifton, Ph.D.  (1924-2003), along with Tom Rath and a team of scientists at Gallup, created the online StrengthsFinder assessment.  In 2004, the assessment’s name was formally changed to “Clifton StrengthsFinder” in honor of its chief designer.  In 2007, building on the initial assessment and language from StrengthsFinder 1.0, Rath and Gallup scientists released a new edition of the assessment, program, and website, dubbed “StrengthsFinder 2.0.” Rooted in more than 40 years of research, this assessment has helped millions discover and develop their natural talents.

The Giftedness Center

The Giftedness Center (formerly known as The Hendricks Group) was founded in 1985 by Bill Hendricks, an author, business consultant, and graduate of Harvard University (B.A.), Boston University School of Public Communication (M.S.), and Dallas Theological Seminary (M.A.B.S.).  Bill Hendricks also serves as the Acting Director for Christian Leadership at The Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary.