TAIS

If you are a parent thinking of passing your company on to the next generation, or the owner of a business considering a transition to an employee, you have a lot riding on whether the individual(s) you have in mind have the attributes necessary to successfully own and run a business.

Psychological testing does not predict that someone will be successful as an owner/manager. It will however, allow you to identify, with a high degree of probability, when an individual does not have the required characteristics to succeed as an owner/operator of a business.

The Instrument

The TAIS is a 144-item inventory that requires about twenty-five minutes to complete, and can be taken by anyone with an eighth grade reading level. Normative data is available on a variety of groups including adolescents, college students, business executives, male and female athletes, and police.

Research Based and Performance Relevant

Based on over thirty years of research examining the relationship between attentional processes, physiological arousal, and performance, TAIS Inventory measures:

  1. Awareness of the environment and the ability to react quickly;
  2. External (environmental) distractibility;
  3. Analytical skill, the ability to problem solve and plan;
  4. Internal distractibility;
  5. Focused concentration and follow through;
  6. Attentional inflexibility, the failure to shift attention to task relevant cues;
  7. Behavioral impulsivity;
  8. Need for control and willingness to assume a leadership role;
  9. Self-esteem;
  10. Intellectual assertiveness;
  11. Extroversion;
  12. Introversion;
  13. Speed of decision making;
  14. Confrontiveness and expression of anger; and
  15. Expression of positive feelings and support

Application in High Performance Situations and Team-building

TAIS has been used extensively in selection, screening, and training of individuals who must perform effectively in demanding situations. Used widely in sports, TAIS has been helpful in the evaluation and training of high school, college, Olympic and professional athletes around the world. TAIS is being used in the selection and training of police officers, military personnel, business managers, sales personnel, ministers and health professionals.

Used by a trained professional, TAIS provides information about concentration and interpersonal strengths and weaknesses. This information is helpful in developing individualized performance enhancement programs, as well as for team building within organizations. When used by a clinically trained individual, TAIS can help identify underlying conflicts that may be keeping clients from achieving their full potential.

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