Sensei Natural Abilities
SENSEI NATURAL ABILITIES is an assessment tool to identify abilities we are born with, with the intention of getting ourselves and our teams into natural-ability areas to achieve spectacular success.
Natural Abilities described by the creator of the assessment: Ranjan De Silva
Our natural abilities make us capable of being highly productive and creative people. The natural abilities are specific qualities of our personal, instinctive strengths. Identifying and getting into the ‘Natural Ability’ arena enables spectacular success as we enjoy such work, are naturally talented in it, are deeply interested to learn more about such work and care enough to improve the way we do such work. Organisations who understand this, hire people for their natural abilities and provide job responsibilities to suit natural abilities and enjoy a high level of success due to the extremely high level of engagement.
Natural-Abilities give us a Natural Advantage
Once we are in our Natural Ability area, we can liberate ourselves from the stress of working against the grain. Natural Abilities highlight how you need to get things done - and how you need to avoid trying to act because it just won't work well for you. They have nothing to do with learned behaviours, stemming from the knowledge-based cognitive part of the mind. We all know people with the skills and intelligence to do something, yet they just don't do it well. Natural Ability results also have nothing to do with our personality or social style. People prefer to act one way, yet perform entirely differently when challenged.
Natural Abilities are In-Born
A natural ability stands at the top of the hierarchy of abilities as given below;
Learnt ability area
We are able to convert ‘inability areas’ in to ‘learnt-ability areas’ and ‘excellent areas’ through education, training and experiences. However, we are born with natural abilities, they are already present in us and could be liberated through relevant guidance and practice.
How is the Sensei Natural Abilities Assessment Distinct?
The Three Mental Activities
Philosophers and psychologists share the concept of the three mental activities that helps us make sense, learn, decide, act etc. They are thinking (cognitive), feeling (affective), and doing (conative). The conative part contains the natural instincts that drive us to act. It is also known as the modus operandi (M.O.). This is the unique set of natural abilities we have at birth and remain largely unchanged during our lifetime. We have a distinct mix of conative energy for engaging, cognitive energy for thinking and affective energy for feeling, to produce purposeful action.
The cognitive (thinking) part is concerned with IQ, skills, reason, knowledge, experience and education.
The affective (feeling) part is concerned with desires, motivation, attitudes, preferences, emotions, and values.
The conative (doing) part is concerned with drive, necessity, innate force, instinct, mental energy and talents.
Assessing the Three Mental Activities
While there are many assessment tools for cognitive and affective mental activities, diagnostic tools available for conative assessments are rare. Here are some examples:
Cognitive assessments such as TOEFL and IELTS evaluate intelligence and what we have learned. It assesses knowledge, skills and our ability to remember and understand.
Affective assessments are personality tests such as Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Predictive Index and DiSC, which evaluate our social and cultural preferences, how we feel and what interests us.
Conative assessments such as the Kolbe Indexes and the Sensei Natural-Abilities assessment evaluates natural abilities, and instinctive talents we were born with, and identify the way we act and behave.
The Four Common ‘Natural Abilities’
Unlike learned behaviour and social style, it is instinctive. The Natural Ability concept stems from the discovery of four creative instincts through which we initiate all action. Each produces a distinctive cluster of behaviours or preferred mode of working. All goal-oriented action is initiated through one of these modes. Everyone has equal conative energy, yet individual intensity in any one mode may vary. These variances give you your distinctive talent. The four natural abilities we have encountered during our people and organization transformation practice are:
Benefits of Knowing our Natural Abilities
THE NATURAL ABILITIES ASSESSMENT
The Natural Abilities assessment is one of the few ways of validating instinct-based actions. It is unique from any other mental measurement you may have taken because there truly are no right or wrong, good or bad answers/results, and no biases by gender, age, or race. It will not – nor could it – tell you how you need to change, although it does tell you how to change from low-score ability arenas you may currently be in, to high-score ability arenas.
THE NATURAL ABILITIES REPORT
How to use the report
For Individual Contributors:
To understand your natural ability and select education, development and career options to suit. E.g.: if you are an ‘idea seeker’ you may want to pursue education and careers in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
To analyse performance considering your natural ability and your responsibility to understand root causes for performance gaps and take appropriate corrective action.
To assess natural abilities of candidates for better recruitment, placement and promotion decisions by matching with natural abilities required for the job.
To ensure teams are formed with team members having the right natural-ability mix to suit the scope and objectives of the team.
To assess natural abilities of team members to identify root causes of business issues and make effective people and/or organizational development decisions such as role allocation, job switching, re-organization, coaching, mentoring and training.
How to respond to the assessment results
Our Natural Ability result, our MO (Mode of Operation), is perfect for us.
It is not necessary to be anything other than who we are to achieve our highest goals. Our personal set of striving instincts gives us the power to do what must get done. To be successful, we don't need to attempt to change the ratings on the Natural Ability assessments through training and development, but we need to find ways of ‘being’ and ‘doing’ in line with our results. The Natural Ability assessment gives us information about our natural abilities. It also highlights our responsibility to put our talents to work for the shared purposes of those with whom we make commitments.
The Sensei Natural Abilities Assessment
The Sensei assessments are easy to take. Respondents need to select the most likely and least likely option from the 4 options provided for various conative situations. 36 such situations would be offered for respondents to reflect on and select. The test could be completed in about 30 minutes, and the time taken could vary, depending on how fast respondents select their responses. Sensei uses adaptive testing to ensure the practical relevance of results.
Sample of the questionnaire
The Sensei Natural Abilities Brief Report – Free
We are pleased to offer you the Sensei Natural-Abilities Brief Report free of charge. Given below is a sample of the brief report.
The Sensei Natural Abilities Assessment Comprehensive Report – at a Nominal Fee
If you would like to know more about your natural abilities, you could get a Sensei Natural-Abilities comprehensive report at a nominal fee. Please click here to download a sample report to examine the format of information that will be available to you.
Who Created Sensei Assessments?
Ranjan De Silva, Senior Management Consultant of Sensei International, critically examined various assessments in response to the needs that arose during his leadership development work over the past 20 years and customised and/or developed it to suit the practical realities of his clients. The Sensei assessments has been developed by Ranjan to help clients understand conative, cognitive, and affective aspects of leadership to help them in developing themselves and their teams as a part of Sensei International’s leadership development practice.
For a deeper exploration, we invite you to invest in a comprehensive report for only US$ 15. You may first take the free assessment and decide if you would like to invest in the comprehensive report. The link to the comprehensive report will be provided once you complete the assessment and receive the free report.
You could repeat the assessment once, free of charge. Please follow the instructions in the email you receive with the comprehensive report if you need to repeat the assessment.
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