“We use TAIS to help us select and develop our next generation of leaders. It gives them insight on what to work on to become a leader. The fact that the e-roleplay gives them an opportunity to practice and fail in a safe environment really seals the experience. We reduced the turnover of these new leaders and have substantially sped up their promotions, we plan to launch the process globally.”
The Attentional and Interpersonal Style inventory (TAIS) is a 144 item self-report questionnaire that measures twenty different concentration skills, personal and interpersonal attributes. Those specific concentration skills and personality characteristics can be thought of as the building blocks upon which more complex human behaviors depend.
Concentration skills, and the ability to shift both the width and direction (internal vs. external) are critical determinants of success or failure in virtually any performance situation. You cannot cross the street safely without paying attention to performance relevant cues. You cannot communicate with another individual effectively without paying attention to the right cues. You cannot problem solve without shifting attention and focusing on task relevant cues. You cannot get out of the starting blocks in the Olympics in time to win the race without paying attention to the right cues.
The ability to shift attention, to pay attention to the right cues is affected by two things:
Scores on the TAIS attentional scales allow you to identify an individuals concentration strengths and relative weaknesses. Scores on TAIS personal and interpersonal scales allow you to anticipate the types of performance situations that are likely to interfere with a person’s ability to control their level of emotional arousal. These two pieces of information, combined with an understanding of the concentration skills and interpersonal characteristics required by any specific performance situation, will allow you to anticipate how a person will perform under pressure and help you determine the specific steps that will be most helpful in overcoming any identified problem.