MAPS: the what, the why and the how

It’s nearly 2020, and the anticipation to succeed in business is at an all-time high for HR Managers.

We are always looking for ways to improve employee performance. Why? Because attracting and retaining talent in an organisation impacts organisational success.
 
After all, who doesn’t like working in a happy environment? A place where your feelings and beliefs are valued. A place where your voice is heard, and managers actually understand their team.
 
In every company, HR managers have two choices to make when it comes to employees.
  1. Investing in individual career goals and training
  2. Replace them with someone better
Fast Company’s article revealed more than 50% of millennials choose to take a pay cut to find work that matches with their values.
On top of that, 90% of them said they want to use their skills for good. 
 
With over 20 years of experience in training and development, Dr Mohammed Tikrity – our founder, created MAPS. In this post, we’ll:
  • Define what is MAPS
  • What is measures
  • Why it’s important for people like you

What is MAPS?

MAPS is an acronym, which stands for Multiple Assessment Profile System.
 
The name speaks for itself. It’s an assessment (online), comprised of 4 highly effective tools that shows how a person:
  • Thinks
  • Learns
  • Behaves
  • Feels
It’s perfect for anyone, who wants to excel in life by utilising their unique strengths.
 
There are no good or bad types, personalities, intelligence, thinking style or jobs – all have some natural strengths and some possible pitfalls or blind spots. Our personalities are very much like our fingerprints, no two are alike. Every personality is unique and has varied characteristics. – Dr Mohammed Tikrity

The 4 Components of MAPS

To understand Dr Tikrity’s phenomenal system, we need to start with an understanding of what MAPS actually measures.
 
Take a moment to ask yourself the following:
 
Who are you?
What do you believe in?
Why do you do what you do?
What are your values?
How do you like to learn?
How do you like to communicate with others?
 
As these questions show, the concept of who you are, what you stand for is at the core of what it means to be a human and how to understand yourself and others.
 

1. Thinking Style

Your thinking preferences have an impact on virtually everything you do. Everyone has their own dominant thinking style that they apply in everything they do. A thinking style is how you process information most efficiently and naturally.
 
The model used in MAPS is based on the four quadrant metaphoric model of the ‘Brain Modes of Thinking’.
These four quadrants (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4) illustrate the thinking preferences of individuals. Each of the four quadrants of the brain has its own talents and abilities.

MAPS evaluates and shows the preference individuals have for thinking.

  • Q1 – Yellow: Visual, Holistic, Innovative, Hunches, Speculative, Fantasy, Imaginative, the Future
  • Q2 – Red: Emotional, Interpersonal, Sensory, Kinesthetic, Symbolic, Subjective, Personal, Values Intimacy, Humane, Harmony
  • Q3 – Blue: Sequential, Organized, Planned, Detailed, Structured, Realistic, Down-to-earth, Practical, Sensible, The Past
  • Q4 – Green: Logical, Analytical, Quantitative, Factual, Critical Analytical, Objective, Principles, Standards, Criteria, Critiques
So, in a nutshell, knowing your dominant thinking style shows how you make decisions, solve problems and innovate.
You can:
  • Improve your communication
  • Decision making
  • Interaction with others
  • Creativity
  • Self and other awareness.
How is this measured? 

Below is an example of how the results are shown. The results will show you your dominant thinking style. In this example, it shows the dominant thinking style is Analytical, a.k.a Q4.

2. Emotional Intelligence

Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t read someone’s feelings well? You thought they were okay – but really, they were annoyed. Or in a situation where you feel annoyed, and try your best to hide it but it shows anyway?
 
This is all about emotional intelligence. The ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.
 
Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your emotions and others. It’s about recognising your own emotional state and the emotional states of others. And dealing with this in a positive and constructive manner.
 
There are 4 components of Emotional Intelligence. 
  • Self-awareness – The ability to recognise your own emotions and how they affect your thoughts and behavior, know your strengths and weaknesses, and have self-confidence.
  • Self-management – The ability to control impulsive feelings and behaviors, manage your emotions in healthy ways, take initiative, follow through on commitments, and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Social awareness – The ability to understand the emotions, needs, and concerns of other people, pick up on emotional cues, feel comfortable socially, and recognise the power dynamics in a group or organization.
  • Relationship management – The ability to develop and maintain good relationships, communicate clearly, inspire and influence others, work well in a team, and manage conflict.
How will it be shown to you?

It will rate you on all 4 areas of emotional intelligence. This is brilliant if you want to improve your awareness of others and also yourself – as you can focus on your weaknesses and strengths. As shown in the chart below.

3. Multiple Intelligences

Are you a deep thinker? Do you tend to memorise lyrics quite well? Are you visualiser? Do you ever find yourself writing down affirmations on a piece of paper?
 
All this is to do with your intelligence.
 
Dr Tikrity, an avid researcher, found that we all have different kinds of ‘intelligences’. In Gardner’s book “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences”, it’s proposed that there are eight intelligences. This was written back in 1983!
 
Studies show that many students, who perform poorly on traditional tests, are open to learning when classroom experiences are based on teaching that is artistic, athletic, and musical.
 
Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences encourages teachers to adjust their teaching style. So they can meet individual needs.
 
So basically it’s about breaking away from traditional methods of teaching. It’s not just about being good at logical-mathematics or linguistics – but everything in between.
 
MI can help students and teachers develop a deeper understanding of their abilities. It demonstrates to students how they can use their strengths and address their weaknesses. It boosts self-esteem and encourages risk-taking. It motivates students to learn more and to learn deeply.
How is this shown?

You will see a graph with the results of your dominate intelligences. As it shows in the example below, the participant is high on Logical, Verbal and Thinker.

4. Holland Occupational Code

The infamous HOC (A.K.A the ‘Holland Codes’) is a set of personality types. It’s described in a theory of careers and vocational choice formulated by the late psychologist John L. Holland.
 
Dr. Holland (1985) created Holland Code Career Model, Holland Hexagon Model or Holland Codes.
 
Each of the six types (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional) or RIASEC reflect Holland’s theory that “the choice of a vocation is an expression of personality.”
 
The Occupational Codes are:
 
  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising and
  • Conventional
So, when a person can express their personality in their working environment, they are more likely to feel satisfied.
 
MAPS helps increase professional satisfaction by identifying the Holland Code of your current job and the job you are interested in.
 
So what are you waiting for? Skim down this article and apply for the FREE MAPS assessment to see which career path suits you best.

The Science Behind MAPS

Dr Tikrity noticed the headache and inconvenience of having to complete multiple assessments. Each assessment that exists from psychologists, qualified NLP practitioners and scientists – all focus on niche areas. When it comes to improving yourself, there isn’t just one area that matters. It’s about you. It’s also about how others see you. And it’s about your overall persona and what you stand for.
 
So you can imagine how difficult it would be to gather relevant information to give you exactly what you’d need to improve performance.
 
This is where Dr Tikrity’s know-how and vast experience comes into play. With backed up research and bespoke algorithms, he created an assessment that fits all the boxes for someone who simply wants to improve themselves.
 

Why is MAPS Important?

Assessments tools are designed to help individuals understand how a variety of personal attributes impact their potential success and satisfaction in their life and work environments.
 
MAPS is a multi-dimensional assessment that evaluates thinking, learning, intelligence, behaviour and emotion.
 
It can be used in the following areas:
 
Leadership Development
Developing the leadership abilities and attitudes of individuals to enhances the quality of leadership.
 
Training and Development
Using planned and unplanned learning, in order to achieve and maintain a competitive advantage for the organisation.
 
Career Development
Helping to gain more knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that help people.
 
Team Building
Develop group members and their ability to work together effectively. Organise and coordinate them towards a common goal.
 
Family and Relationship
Develop a successful, stable and strong family relationship takes a lot of time and hard work. Learn skills that create closer ties and stronger families.
 
Recruitment and Selection
Make sure that job holders have the right personality, thinking style, values and attitudes to help the organisation achieves its objectives.
 
Academic Direction
Help students in the decision-making about their learning and improve their confidence and academic performance by creating a map of learning.

Try MAPS today

Email  mk@alphatraining.co.uk to get a free MAPS assessment done on yourself.