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The Highlands Whole Person Model

By the time your abilities are measured and interpreted by the Highlands Ability Battery™ (HAB), other influences have helped to shape and define you as a unique human being who faces life’s challenges in your unique way. Highlands has developed the Whole Person Model for relating the results of the HAB to these other influences. In this way, we can reveal the WHOLE you.

Why the Whole Person Approach Should Matter to You

Learning about our Whole Person Model ensures that you take your “whole self” into account when making decisions right here, right now. It also provides you with a tool you can use to make decisions at any turning point throughout your life. Most importantly, taking a whole person approach provides insights into why and how the decisions you make differ from those of others.

The Eight Essential Factors in the Whole Person Model

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The eight factors in the Highlands Whole Person Model are represented in this wheel.

Assessing Your Abilities. The HAB is the most effective assessment of natural or hardwired abilities. It measures your abilities by requiring you to perform worksamples that test the speed at which you can perform an assigned task. The timed worksample allows us to learn more about your ability to perform that task than any other means. In all, the HAB asks you to perform nineteen different worksamples. The results enable you to plot your career development. (You can sample the HAB here.)

Analyzing Your Skills. Skills are developed and learned at any point in your life; abilities are stable from a relatively young age. Skills are those function-driven tasks you have learned to do well. They develop over time through study, education, application, and practice. To the extent that you take advantage of your natural abilities in developing a skill, the skill will be acquired more quickly, easily, and fully, and will facilitate career development.

Understanding Your Personal Style. Every individual has developed speech patterns, body language, social devices, and personality traits unique to him or herself. Because others respond to your personal style positively or negatively, it’s important to identify the ingredients of your style because this understanding will enable others to relate to you better.

Knowing Your Interests. Over the years, you develop your unique interests. When these are identified and recognized, you can’t help but combine them with your abilities to achieve a fuller and more integrated use of both in your career development.

Reliving Your Family History. Your background and family shape your life and work ethic. We encourage you to examine and understand how your family’s history and intra-family relationships have influenced you.

Relating to Your Values. Your values (i.e., scales for judging good and evil, wise and foolish, moral and immoral) define your reactions to people and events around you. When a sense of your values is combined with knowledge of the other factors in your whole self, you are empowered to bring your plans and choices into sharper focus.

Reaching Your Goals. Every person has goals that control and drive activities, both on a daily basis and over the foreseeable future. You may wish to modify these goals in light of your natural abilities. The results of one worksample may show, for example, that you may be happiest pursuing short-term objectives instead of long-term goals.

Your Career Development Cycle. Everyone confronts critical stages or transitions (turning points) in life. Some of these are work- or career-related. These career issues are sometimes self-created and sometimes caused by external forces (e.g., company downsizing). By defining and facing the issues confronting you at the moment, we can help you through these transitions and empower you to make better career development decisions.

The fact is, everyone goes through these turning points and stages. The differences are your awareness level at each stage and the tools you use to navigate changes.

Now that you know more about the whole person approach and the Highlands Whole Person Model, are you ready to apply it to your life? Contact The Highlands Company to take the HAB.