Assessing the Validity of a Psychological Assessment

By Paul Barrett on March 22, 2017

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Within test-publisher, psychological assessment training, or assessment/test review ‘guidelines’, the terms: construct, content, face, predictive, concurrent, and ecological validity are presented as the definitive ‘types of validity’. However, these ‘types’ were introduced in the mid-20th Century and should have been quietly retired in the late 1990s-early 2000s with the near-simultaneous but quite independent stream of…

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Case studies: Predicting the academic and work performance of accountants using the CPP

By Maretha Prinsloo on February 8, 2017


The following seven studies were conducted in two of the big four accounting firms in South Africa. The goal was to evaluate the degree by which the CPP predicts the academic and work performance of trainee and qualified accountants. More specifically: Do cognitive results as measured by the CPP predict the results of the financial…

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A case study: Cognitive profiles of executives in insurance

By Maretha Prinsloo on February 6, 2017

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  Many organisations are keen to understand the psychological profiles of their leaders as this may impact on the strategic viability of the organisation and guide people management initiatives related to placement, succession, team compilation and development. This brief write-up describes the cognitive and competency profiles of a sample of 148 managers and executives (of…

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The CPP Levels of Work: their relationship with actual job complexity

By Maretha Prinsloo on January 16, 2017

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In a recent Technical Report by Dr Paul Barrett, we explored the relationship between estimated Stratified Systems Theory (SST) levels of work assessed using Cognadev’s Contextualised Competency Mapping (CCM) job-analysis tool, and the SST levels assessed from performance on Cognadev’s Cognitive Process Profile (CPP). A perfect match between people and jobs is not expected as employees…

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A case study: Executive succession in a global organisation

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 29, 2016


Cognadev has provided assessment solutions to several organisations interested in succession management at executive and general management levels. Here, one such a case study is briefly described. The organisation involved The organisation in question is active in both the mining and production industries and has a global footprint. It employs more than 250 000 people…

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A case study: The leadership profiles of executives in a global production company

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 29, 2016


This case study describes the assessment results of high performance executives in a global production company. Almost all executives have long corporate histories of around 15 to 20 years, the majority have also been involved in the production industry in the long term, almost all have post graduate or multiple degrees – especially in science…

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Psychological Assessment: Beyond Self-Report Questionnaires

By Paul Barrett on November 1, 2016


The Usual   Imagine the conventional psychometrician within a test publisher or academic department, designing a test to assess two attributes which are thought relevant to job performance in the workplace: a preference for Clarity and Ambiguity. The likely design steps are: Step 1: envisage them as a single bipolar construct. Step 2: Create maybe…

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Leveraging Self-insight Towards Gender Equality

By Maretha Prinsloo on September 21, 2016


In leadership development, uncharted territory increases risk Not many women end up in top leadership roles within the corporate world. In a world where talent and leadership are highly sought after, almost half the potential talent pool thus remains untapped. What are we looking for? There are many factors that prevent women from moving into…

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

By Cognadev on September 19, 2016


Remember, too, that being equal does not mean being the same. Now, let’s proceed. – Joanna L. Krotz   The issue of gender is a culturally loaded and sensitive topic. No matter how empathetically addressed, it tends to evoke emotional responses.  However, given the considerable impact of gender-related matters in the workplace, it justifies a closer…

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The Cognadev Assessments: Based on Science or Intuition?

By Maretha Prinsloo on September 9, 2016

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The Cognadev assessment suite, including the Cognitive Process Profile (CPP) and the Learning Orientation Index (LOI), both of which measure cognition; the Value Orientations (VO) which focuses on worldviews and levels of consciousness; and the Motivational Profile (MP) which identifies motivational drivers, are all somewhat unconventional assessment tools that do not fit the mould of traditional…

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What is the Scientific Basis of the Cognitive Process Profile (CPP)?

By Paul Barrett on September 5, 2016

This is a question that arises from time to time in connection with all of the Cognadev assessments; but it is a question that is applicable to any psychological assessment, whether “projective” (e.g. the Rorschach Ink-Blot assessment), self-report questionnaire, or performance-based assessment (e.g. ability tests, neuropsychology tests, assessment centres, situational judgement tests and the CPP)….

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In Response to Elite Selection Practices

By Maretha Prinsloo on September 2, 2016


As discussed in the recent blog by Dr Paul Barrett, the graduate recruitment and selection practices of elite firms are currently characterised by: A focus on certain elite educational institutions which are linked to certain elite firms Selection interviews which are conducted by partners who are mostly not professionally trained in psychology An emphasis on…

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Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs

By Paul Barrett on August 30, 2016

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This is the title of a recent book by Lauren Rivera[1][2], who utilised ethnographic and interview information to detail how US elite professional service firms (EPS: think Wall Street) go about the process of hiring new graduate-entry employees. These EPS firms are commercial businesses spanning the domains of law, organization and financial service consulting, and…

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Preventing the woes of poor hiring decisions

By Maretha Prinsloo on August 23, 2016

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  The quality of hiring decisions of an organisation, significantly impacts on all aspects of its strategic viability. Besides the direct cost implications of poor placement decisions there also are indirect consequences related to customer satisfaction, lost opportunity and morale, to mention but a few. But what is the cost of poor hiring decisions? The hiring process…

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Calculating the ROI of Psychological Assessment

By Paul Barrett on August 22, 2016

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If we were to believe the calculations of assessment utility from the major test publishers such as CEB, based upon the conventional utility formulae we see in the textbooks, then using any kind of psychometric assessment will result in dramatic financial benefit. But, these simple calculations are unrealistic, as the economist Michael Sturman demonstrated empirically…

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The Power of Intuition

By Eyal Ben-Shir on July 25, 2016


On a daily basis, we all need to make decisions about complex, vague and fuzzy issues. Such ambiguous matters may be related to our personal lives, careers, new opportunities and innovative options or interpersonal relationships, where clear facts and rules are simply not available. The challenges we face thus cannot always be approached by logically…

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Motivation gets gritty

By Gillian Sadler on July 14, 2016


Passion definitely makes success and goal attainment easier, but what many forget about is Passion’s more responsible, and somewhat boring, older sister – Perseverance. Perseverance is also known as persistence, resilience, motivation, drive, tenacity, determination, resolve, and the now, new and trendy term – Grit. Grit = staying power Angela Duckworth is Professor of Psychology…

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Metacognition: ignite learning within educational contexts

By Sudeshini Fernando on June 28, 2016

Metacognition: Ignite learners

Why are flowers brightly coloured? Why do polar bears have such an acute sense of smell? Why do trapdoor spiders exist? The answer is simple. Learning and adaptation are prerequisites for survival. This applies to all organisms in all spheres of life. Thinking about thinking For man (the “rational being”), thinking becomes more complicated. The…

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Executive functioning: Insight into intellectual capability

By Maretha Prinsloo on May 23, 2016

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The development of awareness and intelligence can be seen as the pinnacle of evolution, and it is ever emerging. Cognition and consciousness can be described in many ways, but given the challenge of having to deal with it within the educational and work environment, intelligence can be described in terms of how people make sense…

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Evaluating people in the workplace

By Maretha Prinsloo on May 9, 2016

Evaluating people

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple” Oscar Wilde There are arguments for and against the evaluation of people. The why, how and what of these psychological and behavioural evaluations largely differ, so what are the options for those responsible for people management in the workplace? Why and why not? The…

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The importance of informing candidates of their rights and responsibilities when undergoing psychometric assessments

By Lauren Davies on February 16, 2016


In the world of psychometric assessments one of the major issues we face is that of ethical assessment practice. There are many aspects to consider when taking ethics into account including how to apply them with regards to assessments. However, our focus in this blog is about the rights and responsibilities of candidates during the…

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Values: the essence of organisational culture

By Roisin Rabe on February 11, 2016


The concepts of values and culture are of critical importance in talent management. As an HR practitioner one needs to be able to understand individual and organisational values to make effective placement decisions, to compile high performance teams and to see whether a person will flourish in a particular type of work environment. Values determine…

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Are Smartphones affecting our Cognitive Competence?

By Eyal Ben-Shir on February 9, 2016

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In today’s age of technological advances, the amount of information and resources is increasing at a frenetic rate. More people have access to news, media, scientific articles, services and various endeavours that can be used to simplify our daily lives. It can be said that we have a wealth of information at our fingertips. According…

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Becoming more in touch with “Why”

By Gina Lapidus on February 5, 2016


“And it’s those who start with ‘why’ that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others to inspire them” (Sinek, 2013) Simon Sinek’s book, “Start with Why”, provides very simple messages, which are also powerful and inspirational. The messages impact people’s success, happiness, life satisfaction as well as organisational impact. In his…

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Driving productivity in the workplace

By Tanja Nicholls on February 3, 2016


From an ongoing global survey of senior executives by PWC, two-thirds of the respondents indicate they don’t think their organisation have the right leadership capabilities to execute its strategy and lead its people. This is quite concerning as leadership plays a central role in offering the direction and purpose required to achieve organisational goals. In today’s…

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Hard Work vs Smart Work

By Sudeshini Fernando on February 1, 2016


Freud pointed out that work and love give meaning to our lives. The average person spends the bulk of their waking hours working to achieve certain goals. But not everyone achieves their goals and not everyone experiences the sense of purpose that work is meant to provide us with. To some, work merely remains a…

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Strategically creating your team

By Gillian Sadler on January 26, 2016


Creating a team from scratch can be a daunting task. How successfully a team works together often determines to what extent a company achieves its goals. How do you go about putting a team together and ensuring they have the best possible chance at achieving success? Determine what needs to be accomplished The outcomes for…

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How to think

By Shaun Geertshuis on January 22, 2016

Thinking processes and cognition

Every day we are faced with a multitude of problems. Deciding what to wear to work, navigating the traffic and reading a paper presents us with many mental challenges: How should I dress for that important meeting? Should I turn left or right? What does that word mean in this sentence? And when we get…

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Bullying at work. Impact, response and prevention.

By Gillian Sadler on January 19, 2016

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There is already a wealth of information on the topic of bullying in the workplace – what it is, how to handle it etc. The tone is bleak in the sense that it seems victims are normally not empowered to stop it. In many cases, targets of bullying are left with little choice but to…

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Strategic thinking: where to look

By Maretha Prinsloo on January 14, 2016


To be strategic, one needs to know where to look. To know where to look, you need to know how to look, or rather, how to think, because your thinking creates your world. The better one understands your world, the greater your chances of surviving and prospering. But the world is difficult to understand. It…

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So I’m CPP accredited – Can I use it for coaching?

By Lorette Theron on January 11, 2016


Practitioners mostly use the Cognitive Process Profile (CPP) for selection, placement, job and organisational structuring, succession planning, career pathing, as well as people management and development. However, did you know that the information contained in a CPP report can also be used for coaching purposes? Although many CPP practitioners are comfortable providing CPP feedback to…

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The sum of our fears: How the Enneagram is linked to motivation [Infographic]

By Lorette Theron on January 7, 2016


People have always attempted to understand themselves and others in terms of categories. The Enneagram, a system of behavioural orientations, has been around for ages, dating as far back as 2500 BC. It has since been developed extensively by Don Riso and Russ Hudson. The Enneagram is further supported by The Enneagram Institute where a…

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Using assessments to profile future leaders

By Tanja Nicholls on January 5, 2016


Leadership skills and leadership requirements are evolving as it adapts to the spread of technological advancement and globalisation. Organisations therefore need to continually update their selection, development and succession planning processes as well as related HR strategies in order to choose the right people to lead the organisation into the future. Using reliable methodologies and…

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Values and culture: understanding people and organisations

By Maretha Prinsloo on December 30, 2015

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“The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust Human behaviour is a complex matter. Observable behavioural tendencies represent only the tip of the iceberg. Social sciences endeavours to unpack this in order to understand and manage human functioning.

Why team building often fails

By Gillian Sadler on December 23, 2015

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So there you are, standing 15 metres above the ground, sweat dripping down your face, trying to fathom how preparing to throw yourself off this platform has anything to do with your ability to sell photocopiers. Nathan from the corner desk is clearly growing more annoyed with your wimpish behaviour by the second, as the…

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Cognitive assessment: understanding and leveraging intellectual capital

By Maretha Prinsloo on December 14, 2015


“In the past, ‘human potential’ was an empty catch phrase in the face of such stultifying concepts as ‘general intelligence’. No longer is it the case that IQ is destiny.” – Neil Lightfoot  For those who focus on People management it is important to understand the cognitive strengths and weaknesses of people, their strategic orientations,…

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Keys to People Management: culture, values and potential

By Maretha Prinsloo on December 10, 2015


“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” Lawrence Bossidy, GE The management of people has to be aligned to an organisation’s business strategy and is meant to contribute to its overall effectiveness. Talent management…

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A new perspective on performance appraisals

By Maretha Prinsloo on December 4, 2015

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The effectiveness of performance appraisals has been widely criticized for its shortcomings such as being unnecessarily complex and inefficient, not being able to accurately evaluate or enhance employee performance and not being effectively used as a tool to build capacity within organisations. Many organisations are therefore discarding the practice altogether as it is not always…

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7 ways to future-proof your professional reputation

By Lorette Theron on December 1, 2015


“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffet We have all heard that one should absolutely never cry at work or lose our cool. Given the pressure prompted environment we work in, having an emotional meltdown in…

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Business and HR trends reshaping organisations

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 26, 2015

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Global trends in the world of work are having a fundamental impact on how business executives and HR respond to the current and future human capital requirements. The following trends may fundamentally reshape the way we work as well as how the global workforce is sourced, organised and managed: Technology Technological advancements and social media…

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Creativity as a means to sustainable competitive advantage

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 25, 2015


Business leaders and HR practitioners are recognizing the importance of creating organizations with a competitive advantage. Since the key strategic differentiator in the growing global economy is creativity, a constant stream of creative ideas are required to drive this agenda. According to Herbert Simon, a Nobel Prize winner for his work in thinking and decision…

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The war for talent – finding it

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 20, 2015


“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins, Good to Great The term “war for talent” has been coined by Steven Hankin in 1997 and been addressed in a number of publications on the increasing competitiveness of talent recruitment, recruitment and retention. “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No…

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Cultivating a smarter workforce through talent development and leadership training

By Maretha Prinsloo on November 16, 2015

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“The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage in the future.” – Arie De Geus, former Head of Planning, RoyalDutch Shell In order to implement effective talent development and leadership training, the organization should identify it as a strategic priority which is anchored in organizational strategy. The aim is…

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Youth in the Workplace

By Gillian Sadler on June 2, 2015

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Generation Y Born between the 1980’s and 1990’s. Roughly 18 – 34 years old now. Tech savvy individuals, born to Baby Boomers and also known as the Millennials. Often labelled as egotistical, lazy, non-committal, arrogant, unrealistic and entitled. This is not very pleasant to read, especially if you are a Millennial, and worrisome to employers….

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8 reasons you should use psychometrics in your company.

By Shaun Geertshuis on May 20, 2015

8 Reasons

It is not always clear why businesses should use assessments and all the benefits a company can get out of assessment results. Testing is a specialised role, which forms a crucial part of the larger HR objective – although testing professionals and HR personnel do not always see the bigger picture, possibilities or potential symbiotic…

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What Leaders Need Most

By Cognadev on April 29, 2015

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“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” ― C.G. Jung It may feel as if we heard it all already. The topic of successful leadership has been approached from what seems like every possible perspective. Looking through google search, one can find countless articles on what…

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The Dark Side of Always Looking on the Bright Side of Life

By Lorette Theron on April 7, 2015


In my last blog, It’s not on top, it’s inside!, I discussed the benefits of having or developing Psychological Capital. However, the journey to the positive side is not always that rosy.  The field of Positive Psychology has received great media attention , large corporations started implementing strengths development, and universities opened research departments solely focusing on…

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Psychological Effects: Loss Aversion

By Shaun Geertshuis on March 11, 2015


Loss aversion is a psychological effect in which people strongly prefer avoiding losses rather than acquiring gains. It is an irrational effect on behaviour, which leads us to weigh the potential of loss as more important. This leads to the avoidance of risk, even if there is a high potential for gain. It also leads…

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Tolerate to Celebrate!

By Gillian Sadler on February 11, 2015


‘Diversity tolerance’ is a concept we are very familiar with and the aspects that usually pop into our heads when we think about this are race, gender and perhaps disability and age. However, moving away from these ever present diversity issues, have we given much thought to the fact that diversity is, well, much more…

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Do It The Mindful Way

By Cognadev on January 28, 2015

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It is clearly an understatement to say that we live in the world of constant goal-setting and drive to achieve. The success is measured by the amount of things we do. At the end of the day we proudly tick off the items from our never-ending ‘to-do’ list. And since the list is forever expanding,…

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