Five Dimensions Of A Superior Performer


Measured in four proportions (DISC: dominance, influence, steadiness and compliance), our Behaviors report reveals how an individual will perform, including what value he or she will bring to a team, his or her ideal environment and possible limitations he or she may face.

TTI’s behavioral research suggests that the most effective people are those who understand themselves, both their strengths and weaknesses, so they can develop strategies to meet the demands of their environment.

TTI’s assessments measuring Behaviors/DISC examine an individual’s dominance, influence, steadiness and compliance, revealing the ways in which one responds to the following:

    • Problems and Challenges
    • Influencing Others
    • Pace of Environment
    • Rules and Procedures


Measured in six key areas (theoretical, utilitarian, aesthetic, social, individualistic and traditional), Motivators are the windows through which an individual views the world, thereby driving his or her Behaviors. Motivators reveal why an individual acts a certain way – what motivates one to perform a job.

TTI’s Motivators assessments reveal why people do what they do.

TTI’s assessments measuring Motivators examine the relative prominence of the following six basic interests (or Motivators – ways of valuing life):

    • Theoretical  — the discovery of truth
    • Utilitarian  — money and what is useful; ROI
    • Aesthetic  — form and harmony
    • Social  — an inherent caring for people; helping others
    • Individualistic  — personal power, influence and renown
    • Traditional  — a system for living


Measured in three dimensions of thought, Intrinsic, Extrinsic and Systemic in both the world and self views, Acumen, or a person’s keenness and depth of perception, will identify how a person thinks and makes decisions and will clarify one’s natural abilities or capacities.

TTI’s Acumen indicators help people understand themselves, and how they analyze and interpret their experiences. A person’s Acumen, or keenness and depth of perception or discernment, is directly related to his or her level of performance. The stronger a person’s Acumen, the more aware that person is of his or her reality internally and externally.

TTI’s assessments measuring Acumen examine the dimensional balance of six areas as they pertain to internal and external factors:

    • Understanding Others
    • Practical Thinking
    • Systems Judgment
    • Sense of Self
    • Role Awareness
    • Self Direction


Measured in 23 to 25 research-based personal skills directly related to the business environment, Competencies are defined on three levels: mastery, some mastery and no mastery. Applied in conjunction with a job benchmark, Competencies ensure the inherent skills of each individual match the soft skills required by the job.

Research at TTI has shown that, for many jobs, personal skills (or soft skills) are just as important as technical skills in producing superior performance. Personal skills are often transferable to different jobs, whereas technical skills are usually more specific.

TTI’s assessments measuring Competencies examine the level of development of 25 unique personal skills, ranking them from the most well developed skill to the one requiring the greatest level of further development.

While not every job requires the development of all 25 Competencies, TTI Success Insights® examines the following personal skills:

    • Conceptual Thinking
    • Conflict Management
    • Continuous Learning
    • Creativity
    • Customer Focus
    • Decision Making
    • Diplomacy and Tact
    • Empathy
    • Employee Development/Coaching
    • Flexibility
    • Futuristic Thinking
    • Goal Achievement
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Leadership
    • Negotiation
    • Personal Accountability
    • Persuasion
    • Planning and Organizing
    • Presenting
    • Problem Solving Ability
    • Resiliency
    • Self-Management
    • Teamwork
    • Understanding and Evaluating Others
    • Written Communication

Emotional Intelligence/EQ

Measured in five areas within interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence, Emotional Intelligence (also referred to as EQ) is an individual’s ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions to facilitate high levels of collaboration and productivity.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions to facilitate higher levels of collaboration and productivity. Our research indicates that successful leaders and superior performers have well developed emotional intelligence skills, making it possible for them to work well with a wide variety of people and to respond effectively to the rapidly changing conditions in the business world.

TTI’s assessments measuring emotional intelligence (EQ) examine five key areas as they pertain to intrapersonal and interpersonal relations:

  • Self Awareness  — Understanding one’s moods, emotions and drives; also their effect on others
  • Self Regulation — Ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods; also to think before acting
  • Motivation — Passion to work for reasons beyond money or status; pursuit of goals with energy and persistence
  • Empathy — Ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people
  • Social Skills — Proficiency in managing relationships and building networks