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Mid-life Management Crisis – Part II: The Assessment

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Jul 22nd, 2014

Maria Boss P2In overseeing the well-being of others we often forget to check-in with ourselves. This is also true of managers. If you are an avid reader of this blog, you recently learned about a career life event we call the 20/20s. If not, click here to read our last post before continuing with this second half.


The manager in this scenario experienced a moment of doubt before realizing the value they actually bring. However, quick recoveries like this one don’t always occur, creating the need for further intervention. When it comes to evaluating one’s strengths and areas for development there are quality resources to consider. We recommend engaging in an assessment process; whether self- or coach-guided, the results can be very revealing. Our recent AIM® eNewsletter provides an overview of assessments and offers assistance. In addition, if you are looking for insight in this area, the following tips will help you evaluate options.


Suggestion: Find an assessment tool that addresses your unique circumstance.


High-level Understanding
DiSC® – Are you Dominate, Influential, Conscientious, or Steady? This self-administered assessment will help you identify your personal behavior style. The online tool is fast and easy and provides an instant results report. If you feel you just need minor adjustments to improve working relationships, this tool is ideal to understand how your style can impact others.


More Intense Understanding
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) – This assessment delves deeper into psychological types based on theories developed by Carl Jung in the 1920s. The creators of this personality inventory, Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs, set out to make these theories more available and relevant to people’s lives. This popular tool explores conclusions drawn from four quadrants of perception. While highly-encouraged to work with a certified administrator, there is an online, self-administered option.


Thorough Understanding
360° Assessments – These tools offer data that measure competencies related to your leadership development focus areas. There are various instruments on the market and often organizations will build their own models. These assessments typically combine input from supervisors, peers and direct reports as well as the individual and commonly report on three skill areas: technical, leadership, and business. AIM® has developed a 360-degree assessment for global leaders and one for those responsible for managing global teams called the People Management Assessment™ (PMA™).

For more tips on assessments, visit our websites at or Also, check out books and other services at our virtual Store.

Mid-life Management Crisis (part of the Virtual Team Comic Relief Series)

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Jun 25th, 2014

When did it happen? You had fresh ideas, a new suit, and a promising future. Then one day you woke up to a recollection of a thought, a thousand responsibilities, and a promising diet plan. Your staff speaks CSS, PHP, Ruby, XML, and a few hundred more trendy abbreviations you aren’t quite sure are related to the internet, a reality star, or an expletive; but you do know it [...] Continue Reading…

Virtual Team Comic Relief: Look At Me, I’m Tworking!!!

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Apr 4th, 2014

“Exactly when did the crazy cat lady drop off this box of kittens to manage?” you ask yourself after another epic fail to reach your virtual team. Sure you handpicked them, sure you love their energy, and sure you benefit from your global footprint, but are you asking too much for a little communication now and then? Just as you are about to take extreme measures, Michael, your friend [...] Continue Reading…

Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails – Part 2

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 29th, 2014

You may recall our recent post describing a scenario not uncommon to most teams – multiple complications with an added network failure to liven things up. If you didn’t get a chance, you can read it here, Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails, before continuing with Part 2 below. (We don’t want to spoil the story for you.)
So the question posed in Part 1 was “What [...] Continue Reading…

Workplace Trends: Green, Green, My Staff Is Green

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 26th, 2014

Green Staff – Now that could mean a lot of things, right?  Maybe they just fell off a turnip truck, maybe they are envious of your new office furniture…or maybe, just maybe…they are among the 2.9 million US telecommuters who save 390 million gallons of gas and prevent the release of 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gas yearly according to Telework Research Network (TRN).
Telecommuting is increasing for many reasons. [...] Continue Reading…

Virtual Team Comic Relief: Just In Time For Cocktails

Posted by AIM Strategies® Team on Mar 14th, 2014

t’s 12 noon, the in-person Chicago meeting you led just ended; the client wants answers; John is heading home from the UK office; Seiko in Japan is asleep; you’re expected in Atlanta for dinner with your spouse and your spouse’s boss; and the network just went down.  These are real-world issues for the 21st century executive.  What do you do next?  You’ve built your team’s success around work/life balance [...] Continue Reading…

4 Tips For Finding The Best Coach For You

Posted by Yael Zofi on Mar 12th, 2014

Winter comes and goes, but a quality executive coach weathers all seasons.
We just released the latest edition of our signature AIM® Newsletter featuring a piece on choosing an executive coach. Many of you have shared that it is not easy to find a person who ‘gets you’ from a business perspective, understands your capabilities, and has your interest in mind when offering advice. In this eNews segment, I provide [...] Continue Reading…

A Look Back

Posted by Yael Zofi on Feb 4th, 2014

Last year was another year of relentless change and great uncertainty in a constantly shifting world. Technological marvels and geo-political upheavals once again filled headlines all year long. Our focus at AIM continues to be helping our core audience navigate the complexities inherent in 21st century leadership. Through an exceptionally busy year we worked with the ever-expanding virtual community, helping organizations connect their people resources to achieve business goals. [...] Continue Reading…

Facilitate Now!!!

Posted by Yael Zofi on Jan 22nd, 2014

Yael’s Presentation At The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) NYC Chapter
Do you often find yourself having to lead a group of people, perhaps at church or philanthropic events or on a conference call, and wish you had more training?  Or, are you a professional facilitator at work and want to learn new techniques?  There is an excellent group of people and an organization I would like to recommend to [...] Continue Reading…

Happy New Year from AIM Strategies®!!

Posted by Yael Zofi on Jan 7th, 2014


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