Evoke Development Blog

Leveraging Non-Cognitive Skills


Colleges and universities are finally starting to realize that there is a lot more to a student's potential than just one’s math and language test scores. I’ve known plenty of individuals who don’t do well on standardized tests yet they always seem to thrive in life when faced with challenges. Why?  

Persistence or Perfect Test Scores - Which Better Predicts Long-Term Success?

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Alan Boyle recently wrote a great article that talks about how many organizations are no longer just gauging success on test scores and academic excellence. Instead, they are also looking at noncognitive skills (things like grit, drive, or persistence) which actually may do a better job of predicting individuals' long-term success. Read more...

Personality Set for Life by 1st Grade, Study Suggests


Our personalities stay pretty much the same throughout our lives, from our early childhood years to after we're over the hill, according to a new study.

Center for Creative Leadership Adds Workplace Big Five Profile to Flagship Program


When the Center for Creative Leadership's flagship Leadership Development Program (LDP)® rolled out in June in its revised format, it included a new broad-based personality assessment — the WorkPlace Big Five Profile 4.0™. This assessment, published by CentACS (Center for Applied Cognitive Studies) of Charlotte, NC, relates to people's personalities in their everyday jobs. Instead of using clinical or psychological terms like many current personality assessments, the WorkPlace Big Five uses work terms and work-related examples in its questions and reports.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)


Isabel Myers and her daughter took Jung’s theories about perception and judgment and applied them to individual behavioral patterns. Since everyone perceives things differently, it is reasonable to assume that each person will react differently to different interests, values, motivations, and skills.

Personal Profile System (DiSC)


The Personal Profile System® was first developed in 1972 based on William Moulton Marston’s two-axis, four-dimensional model that divides behavior into four distinct dimensions.



The NEO inventories were developed by Dr. Paul Costa, Jr., and Dr. Robert McCrae to measure five broad dimensions of personality.

Sixteen Personality-Factor Questionnaire (16 P-F)


The 16 P-F is an objective personality test developed by Dr. Raymond Cattell. Using factor analysis, Cattell categorized 170 adjectives that described human behavior into sixteen dimensions or factors. These 16 source traits were then used to form his personality questionnaire.

A Tour of Your Tomorrow: A Videotape Review


In a world full of choices, making the right career decision can be difficult. The career decision-making videotape, A Tour of Your Tomorrow (1993), by Rich Feller and Joe Vasos, allows individuals of all ages to see and understand many of the career choices available to them. The two-part videotape series divides the working world into six Holland type-of-interest categories.  Segments on each category encourage individuals to use their strengths and diversity to find careers in which success and happiness rely on continuous improvement through lifelong learning and job satisfaction.

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