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TMS RESEARCH – PERSPECTIVES: Who Sees More Opportunities?

TMS RESEARCH – PERSPECTIVES: Who Sees More Opportunities?

For this post we’re looking at the TMS research from the QO2 Profile (Quotient of Opportunities and Obstacles). This profile looks at our orientation to risk and change in organizations and do we see these things more as opportunities or obstacles. I really like this profile since the sub-scales can create some very rich conversation and considerations for moving forward in risk and change for individuals and teams.  The QO2 profile tends have a little more ‘psychological feel’ to it than does the Team Management Profile so working with the QO2 can sometimes be very valuable and quite challenging. For this post we are going to look at the overall QO2 scores of four differen... »

TMS RESEARCH – PERSPECTIVES: WHAT’S UP WITH MOTIVATION?!? Part 2

TMS RESEARCH – PERSPECTIVES: WHAT’S UP WITH MOTIVATION?!? Part 2

In the last post we looked at the satisfaction and importance ratings for the Linking Skill, Motivation. As can be seen by the tables below from the TMS research material on the Linking Skills Profile the skill of Motivation ranks in the middle of importance and the lowest in satisfaction for the worldwide sample. The question was posed why might this skill of motivation be rated lowest in satisfaction? From my perspective I think the reason for this is that for years now, in mainstream and popular theories of organizations we have been told that someone else, someone with power is responsible for our motivation. Almost any list of performance objectives for anyone who has people reporting t... »

TMS Research – Perspectives: What’s Up With Motivation?!?

TMS Research – Perspectives: What’s Up With Motivation?!?

This post in the series looking at the new TMS research released in October 2018 focuses on the Linking Skills Profile and specifically the Linking Skill, Motivation. There are 13 Linking Skills (listed below). The identification  of these Linking Skills came from the original work Margerison and McCann did related to the Types of Work Model. Linking is placed in the middle of the Types of Work Model since it was found that these skills played out in various ways across all the work functions of the model.  Balance in the performance of the various work functions and good Linking were found to be key in developing high performance. Motivation is one of the Linking Skills, falling into the ca... »

TMS Research – Perspectives: Job Demand and Preference: Part 2

TMS Research – Perspectives: Job Demand and Preference: Part 2

In the last post we looked at job demand and preference distribution for senior management roles using the following graphics: The first graphic from the Types of Work Profile research represents the perceived job demand for senior roles in organizations. The second represents the preference distribution for senior managers that have completed the TMP. As noted in the last post, I think context has a large influence in the development of preference yet the above graphics do not seem to strongly illustrate the effect of context. I asked the question; ‘So is my social construction perspective inaccurate?’ I don’t think so…. The reason I think this is the preference dist... »

TMS Research – Perspectives: Job Demand and Preference

TMS Research – Perspectives: Job Demand and Preference

With this post we are going to take a look at some data from two different TMS assessments, the Types of Work Profile (TOWP) and the Team Management Profile (TMP). The TOWP looks at what is perceived as the most critical work functions for success from the Types of Work Model in a specific role. The TMP looks at individual work preference. The graphic below is from the TMS research from the TOWP and illustrates the perceptions of all raters in terms of what the % distribution is for each of the work functions for a senior management role. The n of 252 is a bit small but good enough for what we are looking at here. The larger numbers represent the highest % and this case the 3 highest make up... »