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Harrison Assessments- Theory
Dr. Harrison extensively explore methods for enhancing people’s lives. He believed the importance of including interests and personal passions into career and employment decisions. His creation, now known as Harrison Assessments, create a comprehensive theory and methodology that could accurately identify attitudinal and behavioral patterns.
The Harrison Assessment is a valuable resource that has a variety of organizational applications including selection, development, succession and career planning, and team building.
Background to the Harrison Assessment
Two underlying theories are integrated in the Harrison Assessment methodology. The first is called the Enjoyment-Performance Theory and is based upon Behavioral Theory. The second is called Paradox Theory
Enjoyment Performance Theory
Behavioral Theory tells us that we tend to do the things that bring us enjoyment and avoid things that bring us displeasure. The enjoyment of a particular type of activity produces the tendency to do that type of activity more often. The Enjoyment Performance Theory extends Behavioral Theory. It says that when we enjoy and do an activity more often, we tend to get better at it. Our improved performance, in turn, reinforces our enjoyment of that activity. Conversely, if we dislike a particular activity, we tend to do it less often. When we do that activity less often, we tend not to get better at it and our lesser performance reinforces our dislike of that activity. Therefore, performance and enjoyment are linked since the level of enjoyment of a particular activity generates the quality of performance related to that activity and vice versa.
The Harrison Paradox Theory extends the principle of Yin-Yang Theory to include complementary and paradoxical forces and applies it to specific traits. The term paradox is used because complementary traits often appear to be contradictory but, in fact, they are not.
A person who embraces only one side of the paradox will consider the traits to be contradictory or opposite. A person who is strong in both traits has psychologically resolved the paradox and will consider the pair of traits to be mutually compatible. Life involves managing such paradoxes. It is important to look at a whole series of traits to fully understand an individual.
For example: A person who is able to be both frank and diplomatic at the same time will be an effective communicator in resolving everyday work relationship issues. On the other hand, a person who tends to be very frank but lacking in diplomacy will be quite BLUNT. A person who tends to be very diplomatic and at the same time is extremely lacking in frankness will tend to be EVASIVE. Either imbalance can lead to mis-communications and misunderstanding with others as well as create a greater distance between oneself and others. Then, there is a fourth possible pattern in which a person is lacking in both frankness and diplomacy. This pattern also results in difficulties in communicating with people.
The Harrison Assessment takes approximately 30-40 minutes for an individual to complete.
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