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Leveraging The Predictive Index Management Strategies

by | Jun 18, 2024 | Articles

The Predictive Index Management Strategies

Make the most of the Management Strategies in your PI Behavioural Reports

In today’s fast-paced business environment, understanding your team’s dynamics is crucial. Managing a team of people can be challenging as everyone likes to work and be managed differently.

The Predictive Index (PI) Behavioural Report offers invaluable insights into individuals’ behaviours and features a section of Management Strategies at the bottom of Page 3, which are tangible pieces of advice you can leverage to get the best out of each team member.

The Behavioural Report shouldn’t just be looked at just once. By continually leveraging the insights from your team’s PI Behavioural Reports and the Management Strategies, you can transform your management approach, leading to improved team dynamics and performance.

Understanding the Predictive Index Management Strategies

The management strategies are very tailored to the individual since they are based on the results of the PI behavioural assessment. The management strategies are straightforward and are designed to be clear and simple for any manager to understand and adopt.

Workplaces are really diverse, so how people like to be managed looks different across the board. The management strategies tell you what an individual needs in the workplace, and how you can adapt your style to the needs of the people that you manage or report to.

They are heavily validated by data, and managers should review the report with the individual, including the management strategies that have resulted from their assessment, to validate mutual understanding and agreement. This will allow you to start embedding these into your day-to-day practices and discussions with that specific member of your team.

How to Leverage the Predictive Index Management Strategies

The Predictive Index, when used in recruitment, identifies the right individual for a role. The Management Strategies then explain how to manage that person once employed, from how they might like to share their work, how often they need to check-ins, how much detail they require, or how autonomously they like to work.

Now that you know through The Predictive Index that you’ve hired the right person for the role, discussing the Management Strategies in onboarding is a great way to begin to manage the employee in the right way, but they can also be leveraged throughout the entire employee journey.

They are beneficial in existing teams as well, as they are very effective when used in one-on-one conversations you have with a team member. Whether that is learning, growth, and development conversations, or briefing them on a project, you can leverage the strategies to ensure your communication is aligned with that team member and results in positive and productive communication.

They can also be used if you are struggling to connect with a team member or if there is tension or conflict.

Example: Using The Predictive Index Management Strategies in Practice

An example of this is an escalation that occurred between a manager and a team member due to their contrasting communication styles. The manager, an extroverted individual new to the job, persistently attempted to engage in frequent conversations with a pre-existing team member. However, that team member, a reserved technical professional, preferred a heads-down approach to focus on completing tasks and found the manager’s style to be incredibly overbearing.

The manager’s persistent attempts at communication were overwhelming for the technical team member, leading to unnecessary tension and escalation to their team leader. It came down to the fact that the manager failed to adapt their communication style to suit the team member’s preferences. Instead, the manager relied solely on their extroverted approach, exacerbating the conflict rather than fostering a productive working relationship.

This example highlights the importance of managers recognising and adapting to the diverse communication needs of their team members. If you are having conflict, and resistance within a team dynamic, look at the behavioural management strategies as they will give you an understanding of what the individual needs and how to manage them.

Effective leadership requires flexibility and the ability to meet individuals where they are, rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all approach

By adapting your communication and working style to align with individuals’ behavioural preferences you can:

  • Foster clear and effective communication with your team
  • Reduce misunderstandings
  • Increase employee engagement
  • Develop a greater understanding of the person you are managing
  • Strengthen your working relationships
  • Be more confident in your management style and approach

There are no limits to how many times you can use the Management Strategies or how often, and they are located at the bottom of Page 3 in the PI Behavioural Report. By understanding and catering to the unique behavioural drives of your team members, you can create a more harmonious, productive, and engaged workplace.

Embrace the power of The Predictive Index Management Strategies and watch your team’s performance soar.

Try The Predictive Index Behavioural Assessment for yourself for free here.