Comfort Zone Scale

This research survey is designed to measure a person's comfort with increasing levels of ambiguity in both their personal and professional lives.

P1 P2 P3 P4
Certainty <-----------------------------------------> Uncertainty
W1 W2 W3 W4

The Comfort Zone Scale is quite simple...on the left of the drawing is Certainty and on the right is Uncertainty.


The levels P1 to P4 describe your personal life. P1 means you hate uncertainty in your personal life, while P4 means that you are very comfortable with Uncertainty in your personal life. Similarly W1 means you hate uncertainty in your professional life; while W4 means that you are very comfortable with Uncertainty in your professional life.

For example if you are P2/W4, it means you are a bit careful and dislike uncertainty in your personal life. A W4 in your Professional life might mean that you are willing to go to Alaska to try to sell ice to Eskimos if you were asked! Think about this ...what are you? Its also possible that you don't want any uncertainty in your personal life because its an anchor that allows you to tolerate lots of uncertainty in your professional life (or visa versa) - ie P1/W4 or P4/W1.

Thank you for helping us learn more about this developing area. The results of this study will be posted in the Accidental Quants LinkedIn Group and at the engineeringleadership.net web site.

Paris de l'Etraz, Ph.D, IE Business School
Ikhlaq Sidhu, Ph.D, UC Berkeley

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