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Why are people so important to your organization? Simple—plans do not execute themselves!

“You can have the best plan in the world, and if the culture isn’t going to let it happen, it’s going to die on the vine,”

Mark Fields Former CEO Ford Motor Co.

Everything boils down to team.

You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s worth repeating. If you give a bad team a great plan, the bad team will eventually kill that great plan.

But if you give a great team a bad plan, they will improve it, refine it, and eventually make it work.

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the result that it does.”

W. Edwards Deming

So, why Predictive Index?

There is simply nothing on the market today that connects your business strategy to your people strategy like the tools that the Predictive Index (PI) provides. We call it Talent Optimization.

There are three key reasons why an organization will benefit from leveraging the Predictive Index.


As a software suite, the Predictive Index falls in line with your team to assist you in making sure you hire new employees that will produce the business results you want to see. You can benchmark your key performers and use their assessment to qualify candidates. Additionally, you can set profile targets you need in a specific position and only interview candidates that fit your needs.


The Predictive Index will help your leadership and management teams understand how to motivate and inspire their teams to accomplish business goals you set forth in your strategy. The amount of self-awareness that this tool provides a manager about both their own management style and their employees’ motivational needs will enable managers to connect with employees in a way that drives better organizational results.  


The team analysis allows your leadership insight into the team’s strengths and voids, tied to specific strategic initiatives. In all, this allows you to pull numbers from the bench, bring skill sets to build the best team possible, giving your team the highest probability to accomplish business goals and objectives.

Why PI over other assessment tools?

Most assessment tools on the market are used exclusively in the hiring process. They are single-use tools that have little impact on long term business goals, team building, or management development.

Having spent our entire careers building business strategies for clients both for-profit and nonprofit, the ability for organizations to execute their strategy always stems from a strong culture.

In all, the Predictive Index is a scientific behavioral assessment—not a personality assessment like you may find with other assessments in the market (i.e. the Enneagram, Myers Briggs, and DiSC). And, as Peter Drucker said, “culture beats strategy”, and culture boils down to people’s behaviors.

So, with PI you’re gathering insightful and useful information into a person’s behavioral actions and potential productivity, whereas with other personality-based assessment, the information gathered is more likely to change as a person’s environment fluctuates.

So, what’s next?

One of the greatest hindrances to executing strategy is best explained as follows. In football, you wouldn’t put your punter in to be your running back, would you? And, in basketball, you wouldn’t ask your 6’10” center to be your point guard, right? And I highly doubt you would you ask your aerospace engineer to do the interior decorating at your office.

You catch my drift.

The Predictive Index allows us to meld 60 years’ worth of science and 33 million behavior and cognitive assessments together to build ideal teams who fluctuate to meet the strategic objectives you set forth—think bigger wins, more often.

That’s why we choose the Predictive Index as our Talent Optimization tool of choice. For more insight into the Predictive Index software, click here. And, to learn more about how Kelly Consulting can help you achieve true alignment between your people and business strategies, visit us here.