How to improve matching between personality and job, improve teamwork, etc
1959 I was 12 years old and should choose what type of school would be the next one...
It was a strategic decision for my life, even if I then didn't understand that. My dad did. He was a worker and he lost his chance to make such a choice, because his father died, when he was 13 years old. He had instead to start working. My dad wanted now to help his son to make a good decision. Therefore, my dad had talked to a teacher he knew, if he could help us with this choice. He could that, so we went by bicycle around 20 km to have a meeting with this teacher. After a discussion we came to the conclusion that I should choose a practically oriented school. Why? Because if I didn't like to be at a school longer, then I will have easier to get a job. I was good in school, but I didn't like some teachers, because they disliked, when I now and then was questioning their opinion...
Well, how was the decision? I finished this practical school with a good certificate. I "repeated" the same kind of choice 1963, so after three years I became an engineer in electronics. I have never worked as an engineer, because I added one more school year with economy and IT. This was 1968 and it was then very easy to get a job with that competence in IT:s "childhood".
I started 1975 to cooperate with psychologists
1975 happened something special for me. At that time I worked at a big IT consultant company. We had evaluated the usage of three big IT-systems in the government. We found many problems and some were very big. I was seen as a "creative guy", so I got an internal assignment to improve our methods for system development. I understood that we had very low competence in psychology and pedagogics. It was a "hallelujah moment" for me, because of my big interest in these knowledge areas. I was also lucky, because i came in contact with a very creative and independent psychologist Lars-Erik Liljequist at GPI Göteborgs Psykotekniska Institut, where they was specialised in organisational psychology. He and his colleagues have taught he a lot since then. The result was that we improved the methods for development of IT-systems. We also added knowledge and exercises in psychology and pedagogics. In a way it became a synthesis of technical and human knowledge.
This experience or the "discovery" from 1975 changed my life. I found a passion here! Talking about motivation - that is the top version! What can I then say about my strategic decisions 1959 and 1963? They became partly wrong, because I have learnt too little in the human knowledge area. Today I see the blue thread in my life: I have taken three big bad decisions in my life and I will use the rest of my life to help other people to avoid such mistakes. I will probably never be retired - I am instead a passionaire;-) Moreover, the research says that people are happier, when they help other people compared to only care about themselves. Giving is better than taking, BUT of course there should be a balance in the long run...
1986 I started to develop a personality test
Anyhow after 1975 I have improved my strategic decisions;-) Especially after 1986, when a new crucial moment happened in my life. At that time I have started my own consultant company Humankonsult AB (1983). One of my employees was Lil Larås. Her brother was CEO for the travel agency Lion Tours. They had journeys to The Alpes - mostly Austria, Italy and France. They recruited guides for each season and they wanted to improve their recruitment process. Therefore, Lil asked me, if there was any personality test, which was based on Leopold Szondi's (1893-1986) personality theory? Based on Szondi's theory? Why? Well, one of the very useful knowledge, which I had got from Lars-Erik (1975-), was about that theory. He had done a manual for BBT (Berufsbilder Test, which was based on Szondi's theory) in Swedish for the governmental service Arbetsförmedlingen and their vocational guidance. However, that test consisted on photos from people in a working situation. That test couldn't be used in this case. It would be too expensive to have a meetings all over Sweden with candidates. The company needed a questionnaire. However, there was no such questionnaire in the whole world. Therefore, I took the decision to develop such a questionnaire, because I was so impressed by the usefulness of Szondi's theory in order to understand myself and other people. In this development I had help by Lars-Erik and some of his colleagues.
It was good conditions to develop the questionnaire for the busguides, because it was done a detailed assessment after each journey. We saw clear patterns for good guides. We also figured out how you should be as a good guide in the different countries. How? Well, The Alpes and their cultures differ. E.g. in Italy The Alpes and the culture are more “cosy”. That attracted the travellers, so the guides should be like that too.
1999 I participated in the XVth SIS (Szondi International Society) conference at the university of Louvain-la-Nueve, Belgium. After that I started to cooperate with other "Szondians" abroad. Among them was the psychologist Giselle Welter, from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since then she has been a crucial partner in the development of the HumanGuide concepts e.g. she made a validation study 2006-2007, which became the foundation of the SATEPSI's approval of the HumanGuide test 2009. It was the first test based on internet and forced-choice, which was approved in Brazil. Today (Feb 2020) it has between 2010-2019 been done 500,000 tests in Brazil with their IT-system (Portuguese). Since 2009 Giselle cooperates with Marco Sinicco and they run the company RH99, which is marketing the HumanGuide concepts in Brazil. More about the history here.
To choose a lifepartner...
Ooops! I have missed to bring up the third bad big decision: To choose a life partner. I married for the first time 1969. We were in love at that time, but step by step during the years our differences in interests and values became more and more clear, so we divorced 1993. One year later I met a new woman, but then I was more cautious about the “strategic decision”. Therefore, I asked her: I have a personality test, do you like to check the prognosis for a marriage? Hmmm... She was also divorced, so she was interested… The prognosis was good;-) 2019 we had been together 25 years without any destructive conflict. We have of course conflicts, but we handle them in a constructive way. So a little time before the 25th anniversary I wrote the eBook “How to get a good life partner?” (only available – so far – in a Swedish edition). The book has two objectives: To get a good description of the right lifepartner and how to nurse the relation. The key is to have similar interests, so when you have time together, then you like to do similar activities. There is the same opinion in research. By the way you have one of the tools from the book available to download on this website - click here. Inspired by a society in Italy, who married only one year ahead, then you have to agree on one more year, etc...
CEO, Humankonsult AB
The HumanGuide® concepts and opinions...
The core of the HumanGuide Concepts is a personality test, which is available in 14 languages. Many do personality tests, but they seldom use insights from these personality tests every week... They do a test and after a while is the test result forgotten. Sometimes later a new test is done and also this is forgotten. Etc. Most users of the HumanGuide®concepts use the insights from the tests every week. Every week! Also in their private life! They cooperate therefore better with other people. Their recruitment and staffing works better. And more...
Today in the start of 2020 the HumanGuide concepts are most used in Brazil, where it 2009 was the first test of its kind (internet-based and forced-choice) to be approved by the authority SATEPSI, which you can see on their website. Between 2010-2019 it has been done 500,000 tests with their test IT-system in Portuguese.
"I've been using the HumanGuide since 2012, with excellent results! It has been an assessment tool much requested by my organizational clients."
Adriana Torres Guedes, Psychologist, Brazil (2020-02-10)
Here you have a short presentation of the HumanGuide concepts (2 min).
We have also developed HumanGuide tools e.g. apps. Look at your.humanguide.se and cards.humanguide.se. The second app is used together with a deck of cards, i.e. the personality test in deck of cards format. Then we also have developed the template StrengthsStrategy, where you can fill in your test result and how you use your strengths in the best way. The StrengthsStrategy you can have great use of in your whole life!
The HumanGuide concepts core is a personality test. More about the symbolic colours for the eight dimensions in the personality theory (4 min) - Developed by our partners in Brazil. Here you have a version with text in Portuguese click here!
The testimonial is about the concepts and the developer of the concepts Rolf Kenmo's profile on Linkedin: