Dr. Hartman also demonstrated
that how we think about something has a direct correlation on how we value it. To value is to assign specific meaning, richness
and importance of properties to something. We generally make valuations within each of these three dimensions of thought
(i.e., people, things and concepts) in different ways. When valuing people, we generally
focus on the individuality and uniqueness of the person. We concentrate on those aspects that make a person
special. Dr. Hartman called this the Intrinsic Dimension of value. When valuing things, we generally
focus on their application and usefulness, and Dr. Hartman labeled this valuation style as the Extrinsic
Dimension of value. In valuing concepts, the emphasis is on the organization and structure of the
concept, which Dr. Hartman called the Systemic Dimension of value.
Knowing the degree of emphasis a person places
on the valuation of people, things and concepts can tell us a great deal about why people think and act as they do
and can help identify natural talents and aptitudes (attributes) that result from a persons unique balance
of thinking/decision-making preferences.
Our approach is unique in that we measure where an individual is now and what
his or her individual elements are. It is also outcome-based. Rather than simply providing information about a
a person's unique decision-making style, the Attribute Index profile is supported by a comprehensive
action planning process that can help a person chart a course for increased success and happiness. There are two
phases in the Attribute Index process. Participants first complete an online a questionaire in
which they are asked to force-rank specific items and phrases relating to themselves and their environmemnt. This is
them followewed by a personal debrief of each participants' profile (either in person or by telephone) to help them clearly
understand the relevance of their results and to effectively identify and apply strategies for increased success in work
and in life. All debrief interviews are conducted by certified Attribute Index facilitators.
understanding the way in which we think, it becomes possible to leverage that knowledge to make better decisions, maximize
strengths, minimize weaknesses and achieve greater effectiveness in everything we do. When we gain this understanding
for another person in an organizational setting, it increases understanding, allows for better utilization of skills and alignment
of work, increases management efficiency and effectiveness, and can have a positive impact on the organizations overall
health and performance.