Adaptive Management Assessment
Please read each of the 45 brief scenarios and then select which of the five responses most appeals to you. There are no wrong answers; this assessment reflects individual differences across variable situations. It is important you select the response most reflective of your personal preference as you think about your most recent or current work experience. .. If no answer immediately appeals to you, leave the scenario question and move to the next. Proceed as quickly as possible (the expected completion time is 20 minutes or less)
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1. When assessing a new project or responsibility one should most consider…
A The opportunity to improve career prospects.
B The problems or difficulties that will be presented.
C Who will be on the work team.
D Who is setting the direction and what her or his expectations are.
E The match between organizational needs and personal abilities
2. I feel most able to contribute to the team when…
A The objectives and procedures are clear to everyone.
B I know what is expected of me.
C I can optimize my own contributions.
D Everyone is committed to being fully part of the team.
E I can implement new ideas or procedures.
3. I feel worst about our organization or company when
A There is gossip or conflict.
B There are problems in how everything is working.
C I know our products or services are not as good as they could be.
D We are not achieving our targets.
E We keep using the old ways that don't always work.
4. In general, information about job responsibilities or task should be
A Examined closely for problem related information.
B Evaluated on a risk-reward basis before action.
C Assessed in terms of responsibilities and orders.
D Evaluated for how team members can best contribute.
E Shared among team members.
5. I feel most uncomfortable when I arrive at work and I…
A Do not see progress toward our goals.
B Some people are not doing their jobs.
C See a problem that needs solving.
D Sense that not everyone is feeling good about their work.
E Know that the work is not fair for everyone.
6. Most organizations try to have a good sense of direction. In order to improve focus, the best approach might be to…
A Benchmark objectives against external standards.
B Brainstorm best practices.
C Measure the balance between objectives and practices.
D Clarify profitability/success in terms of market conditions.
E Review staff commitments and build buy-in.
7. My favourite part of joining or setting up a new work group is…
A Being part of it as everyone develops a sense of belonging and accomplishment.
B The opportunity to accomplish new objectives.
C The way it creates room for innovation and improvements.
D How it provides an opportunity for people to test new roles and responsibilities.
E The way it allows people to contribute from what they are best at.
8. A good team helps its leader most by…
A Maintaining clear lines of communication and obeying directives.
B Sticking together with a positive energy.
C Keeping a strong focus on the project objectives.
D Ensuring each team member takes responsibility for the outcome.
E Challenging each other to find new ways to help.
9. I find that the instructions given to me make my job difficult when…
A Not all the managers agree with them.
B They only provide guidelines and I must use my judgement.
C They are not consistent with the organizational objectives and policies.
D They do not seem to get us to our targets.
E They force me to disagree with the people I work with.
10. A work team is most likely to be successful when…
A The members make sure they feel good about each other.
B It develops clear lines of operation & and accountability.
C Members are rewarded for their individual contributions.
D There is a sense of flexibility and a willingness to experiment.
E The tasks are distributed fairly.
11. I prefer a leader who…
A Takes responsibility for what is happening and ensures the resources are available.
B Focuses on genuinely helping people get the job done well.
C Lets the team take initiative.
D Ensures everyone feels good about the work.
E Takes responsibility for the overall fairness of the tasks and systems.
12. Many tasks have a decision-making component. When assessing if a decision is needed, the one thing you should worry about least is…
A The boss' support.
B Fairness to everyone.
C The possibility of a better long-term situation.
D More profitability.
E Worker or staff support.
13. I believe the best workers rarely or never…
A Take the credit for success.
B Get too friendly with co-workers.
C Show blind loyalty to the company.
D Change the objectives part-way through a project.
E Worry too much about how fair things are.
14. Finding the best new hires takes place when…
A The team is involved in making the final decision.
B An experienced manager makes the hiring decisions.
C There is careful attention to the match between the job and the candidate.
D A good process is used that finds the best candidates.
E The most skillful or talented people are hired.
15. When it comes to getting projects done on a tight timeline, I prefer to...
A Carefully manage my time.
B Respect the give and take necessary to make the project successful.
C Re-check project priorities and organizational objectives.
D Adjust priorities and make the correct tradeoffs.
E Ensure all the team members are working together effectively.
16. If conditions are unsafe or a critical problem emerges, the best thing to do is…
A Call for someone with responsibility to intervene.
B Quickly think through the risks and do what I think will lead to the best outcome.
C Assess the specific risks and prioritize actions accordingly.
D Follow established emergency procedures.
E Ask team or work-group members what to do.
17. If there are safety risks involved in a project…
A Do not wait for approval from those in authority before stopping what you are doing.
B Don't let the importance of the goals overwhelm the safety of current practices.
C Look for new targets that are safer.
D Ask for appropriate changes to procedures.
E Do not sacrifice your well-being for those on the team
18. Many tasks have a decision-making component. When assessing if a decision is needed, the single most important criteria is…
A The boss' support.
B Fairness to everyone.
C The long-term options that emerge.
D Certainty of success.
E Co-worker or staff support.
19. When it comes to getting projects done on a tight time line, it is most important not to...
A Focus only on the deadlines.
B Keep only to the established procedures.
C Wait for those in authority to provide their okay.
D Rethink the long-term strategy.
E Get too concerned about the stresses on others.
20. I enjoy my co-workers the most when they…
A Are playful and creative.
B Demonstrate care for each other.
C Do their work properly and with a positive mindset.
D Treat me and each other respectfully.
E Get the job done with a sense of achievement.
21. I feel best when I arrive at work and I…
A Sense that good progress is being made toward our goals.
B Know that everyone is competent and doing their job.
C See a challenge that needs solving.
D Sense that everyone is feeling good about their work.
E Know that everyone is being treated fairly.
22. I feel best about our organization or company when…
A We have a strong sense of being a team.
B Everything is running smoothly.
C Our products and services are the best they can be.
D We are achieving our targets.
E We are developing new approaches that can improve our success.
23. When an organization runs into trouble it should be careful not to…
A Hold on too hard to its long-term goals and direction.
B Require too much focus to existing processes.
C Focus only on what’s best for the current staff.
D Stick to short term gains.
E Keep people feeling good despite the problems.
24. Customers or clients sometimes present situations that are new. When responding, the best way to think about the situation is:
A The opportunity to strengthen the company.
B The uniqueness of the situation and whether new approaches might be necessary.
C How the challenge might excite or motivate co-workers or the team.
D How might the most experienced or senior people would expect you to respond.
E How it might create challenges or opportunities for the team.
25. I'm most optimistic about my work when…
A The procedures are well-established and everyone is in agreement.
B The job description is clear.
C There is an opportunity to improve my standing in the organization.
D There is a strong sense of unity about the tasks at hand.
E There are new opportunities or places to try out my skills.
26. I am least appreciative of managers when they…
A Exercise their authority over the work project.
B Focus only on the project success.
C Spend too much time on the big picture and not enough on the details the project.
D Emphasize team spirit and commitment.
E Excessively emphasize the project processes.
27. Having seniority or rank in an organization can be useful in different ways. What I like most about progressing in this area is:
A Status and privilege in the workplace.
B Esteem among workers and friends.
C A raise in pay.
D The match between ability and reward they produce.
E Ensuring others are rewarded for their contributions.
28. A work team is most likely to be successful when…
A Members are focused on feeling good about each other.
B The team follows correct procedures all the time.
C Members are rewarded for their individual contributions.
D The team is creative and open to change.
E Everyone pays attention to taking turns and being equal.
29. When approached by a customer or client, your organization’s emphasis should be on:
A Matching the needs to the existing solutions or resources.
B Maximizing the customer or client's value to the organization.
C Ensuring the correct allocation of people or resources to the need.
D Balancing the needs of the client with profitability of the company.
E Creating a good feeling for the customer.
30. Teams can become a problem for managers when they…
A Focus too much on obeying directives.
B Stick together too tightly.
C Are engrossed with project processes.
D Obsess on ensuring processes are even-handed.
E Keep seeking new ways of doing things.
31. Staff tend to work best with a clear sense of the company or organization’s direction. A clear sense of direction is most effective when it:
A Is well thought out by the managers and communicated well.
B Focuses on principles but ensures room for flexibility by staff.
C Starts with a clear identification of customer or client needs.
D Identifies company or organizational goals and sets appropriate targets.
E Revolves around ensuring client or customer and staff satisfaction.
32. In my experience, a leader appreciates the team’s or workers’ contributions most when they…
A Follow their objectives closely.
B Work together in harmony.
C Make regular progress on tasks.
D Communicate clearly with everyone.
E Explore new ways of achieving goals.
33. For me, the most difficult part of joining a new work group is:
A Immediately participating with everyone else.
B Learning the new goals and objectives.
C Trying to match what I know to the new possibilities.
D Figuring out what the limits are on what I can really do.
E Worrying about whether I will be treated fairly.
34. Most organizations work to have a good sense of direction. The weakest way to achieve it is:
A Have senior management develop a set of objectives on their own.
B Identify best practices and benchmarks.
C Focus only on customer needs.
D Aim for more profitability.
E Just brainstorming till everyone feels good about the outcome.
35. One of the most important parts of making a group or team function well at work is to ensure…
A There are good feelings among members of the group or team.
B There are strong lines of accountability and responsibility.
C The reward structure is targeted to good outcomes.
D Processes are not too rigid and members can make personal contributions.
E There is an equal sharing of the work.
36. The best managers:
A Take responsibility and look out for their subordinates.
B Ensure the correct distribution of rewards.
C Encourage new ideas and approaches.
D Deal with conflict and ensure cooperation.
E Ensure there is equality and just treatment throughout the workplace.
37. A manager’s instructions to a work group about a job or task can cause trouble when they are…
A Only focused on clarifying or solving problems.
B Focused too much on the risk-reward tradeoffs.
C More about the process than the outcomes.
D All about how the work is divided between staff.
E About what each person should contribute to the task.
38. Every promotion brings changes. The changes I like least are…
A Having people look up to me.
B Giving orders to former co-workers.
C Needing to think more about success.
D Needing to think about how the work will be managed now.
E Making sure everything stays fair.
39. I am least happy to be part of a work group or team when…
A The procedures may be fair but are rigid.
B There is a top-down framework.
C It is driven to achieve.
D We all need to agree all the time.
E What we do keeps changing because of new objectives.
40. Safety on the job is important. Dangerous conditions are best managed by:
A Following directions and obeying instructions.
B Assessing long-term risks and ensuring appropriate strategies are in place.
C Prioritizing actions to maximize safety.
D Ensuring good procedures are in place for everyone.
E Doing everything I can to make sure everyone is safe.
41. Solving a problem has many parts. In my opinion, the most important aspect of solving a problem is:
A Getting your manager's support.
B Figuring out the impact on everyone involved in the outcome.
C Looking for the root cause.
D A step by step approach to the solution that can be monitored.
E Having a team that's together on what the problem really is.
42. When thinking about a new opportunity, one thing a worker should worry about is…
A The challenge of learning new skills.
B Where the new position will lead their career.
C How they can contribute their abilities in new situations.
D The new responsibilities and supervisor.
E Whether someone else is better for the job.
43. If I could choose the people I work with, I would prioritize having colleagues with:
A A creative problem-solving approach.
B A caring attitude.
C Attention to detail and following procedures.
D Willingness to be respectful to everyone.
E Hard work and discipline.
44. At the end of the day I feel good when I see that…
A We made progress on what we needed to get done.
B Everyone did their job well.
C Everything slotted into place as it was supposed to.
D We worked well together no matter what happened.
E Everyone achieved something important.
45. When work is really going well I think that we…
A Are just like a family.
B Have opportunities for everyone and everyone doing their best.
C Are a place of opportunity for all.
D Are on our way to success.
E Are like a well-oiled machine.
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