What is Type Mapping?

One model, five questionnaires, hundreds of applications

We all know that behaviour is a product of who we are and the circumstances in which we operate and yet most psychometric tools ignore this fact. Ours acknowledge that you cannot simply take what you do in a typical situation as a measure of how you are always likely to think, feel and react.

So what we do is to provide three insightful and interlocking perspectives:

  • The inside, the world of the individual;
  • The outside, the situation;
  • The in-between, the dynamics of the relationship.

This is what makes us different and is at the core of what we call Type Mapping. Type Mapping is an integrated approach based on one comprehensive model, Psychological Type. It brings together individuals (their preferences, identity and aspirations), situations (the context, demands and challenges) and the space in-between (interaction, behaviour and relationships). The mapping can then take place using five ‘lenses’; a level of sophistication that allows for enormous flexibility in terms of intervention and development. Each of the lenses is embodied in a questionnaire:

  • Learning & communication style (LSI: Learning Styles Indicator);
  • Identity (TDI®-IS: Type Dynamics Indicator – ‘Is’ version);
  • Aspirations (TDI®-IS/WANT: Type Dynamics Indicator, ‘Is-Want’ version);
  • Roles & behaviours (MTR-i™: Managing Team Roles-indicator);
  • Contextual demand (ITPQ™: Ideal Task Profile Questionnaire).

As you can see the LSI and TDI® look at the ‘inside’, the ITPQ™ at the ‘outside’, and the MTR-i™ at the ‘in-between’.

Type Mapping as a diagnostic tool

Another way of looking at Type Mapping is as a diagnostic. For example, when considering teams, it can address four important questions:

  • What should we be doing? – using the ITPQ™ to identify key challenges.
  • What are we doing as a team? – using the MTR-i™ to identify behavioural roles.
  • Why are we not doing what we should be doing? – using the TDI® (Is version) to identify personal preferences.
  • What would be most stimulating? – using the TDI® (Want version) to identify personal aspirations.

In summary, Type Mapping provides a way to chart the important elements that contribute to personal performance, and team and organisational performance, using a powerful and integrated model. It effectively becomes a process in which successive perspectives build on what went before, thus maximising individual and team development over time.

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by Roy Childs and Steve Myers