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Looking for advice on practitioner training


I want to develop my professional practice through becoming qualified to deliver and use psychometric instruments for development purposes rather than recruitment and wondered if anyone could recommend what would be the most appropriate/useful instrument to start with.

I have investigated MBTI, however, there are already several MBTI practitioners within my organisation, so I was thinking of something different that would complement and build on that.

Aside from my own development, I am looking for something that can support developing a coaching culture and team building within my organisation.

And finally - if you can recommend an instrument - can you recommend a training provider, preferably in the South of England.


Nicola Sutherland

2 Responses

  1. Psychometrics etc.
    This all depends on what type of outcomes your organisation is looking for. MBTI is probably the most common, so you were right to consider that.
    Some think a better alternative for teams (also based on Jung) is the Margerison-McCann Team Management System – see
    You might also look at Firo-B for team working.
    For coaching, this might depend on whether you are doing life coaching, executive coaching, career coaching, or whatever. The big generic options are 16PF and OPQ. Bar-on EQi looks at Emotional Intelligence, which is still hot in some organisations. With innovation now high on the agenda, it may be worth getting skilled up in IPI.
    But in many organisations, other forms of profiling are also worth considering, especially 360 degree tools.
    Also worth a look are the non-psychometric profiles such as Belbin’s Team Roles, and many others, not all of which you need to be accredited in.

  2. MBTI and FIRO-B
    Hi – some great advice from Graham. I work with both MBTI and FIRO-B. MBTI is incredibly rich – and has many applications. FIRO is a good complement to MBTI and useful in both individual and team development.


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