Dr. Stiles uses career assessments to supplement achievement of client objectives. Assessments are recommended on a case-by-case basis depending on the need for awareness, clarity, action and/or accountability. They are not required for every coaching client or engagement.

The Highlands Ability Battery (HAB)turning points highland affiliate

The Highlands Ability Battery is the “Gold Standard” among career tools assessing human abilities or aptitudes. This unique assessment reveals your natural talents. You will understand the “why” behind many of your behaviors such as procrastination, job boredom, intensity, analysis paralysis, brainstorming and many others.

This computerized three-hour assessment generates objective rather than self-report information about your most effective approach to:

  • Learning
  • Problem Solving
  • Communicating
  • Optimizing Work Environment

There is no passing or failing the HAB, there are no “good” or “bad” scores or profiles. The HAB facilitates better self-management (career/job selection, job design, work-life balance) and relationship management (effective interpersonal dynamics, team dynamics and leadership). Equipped with this information, you may find a 5% change in how you work that makes a 25% change in your satisfaction.

Nineteen timed work samples require the performance of hands-on tasks. A 30+ page report shows your score on each work sample. There are different reports for students, adults and leaders. Interpretation of the results can be done one-on-one coaching, or in groups classes, workshops.

To get a better understanding of the HAB, take a moment to read these two articles written by Dr. Stiles.



CPI 260®

The CPI 260® Coaching Report for Leaders is a 260-item self-report questionnaire focusing on 5 core performance areas:

  • Self-management
  • Team building and teamwork
  • Organizational capabilities
  • Problem solving
  • Sustaining the Vision

In coaching, we use this information to capitalize on your strengths, identify potential blind spots, target areas for development, and plan action steps to increase your effectiveness as a leader. The report compares your answers to those of 5,600 managers and executives and provides results on 18 leadership characteristics, organized into the five core performance areas.

Strong Interest Inventory®

Used by more than 70 percent of U.S. colleges and universities, the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment is one of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It helps people make fulfilling career choices by comparing a client’s results with those of people like them who have already found satisfying careers. It also generates a list of the top 10 occupations you are most likely to find rewarding. By giving you insight into your interests, preferences, and personal styles, the Strong enables you to identify specific courses, jobs, internships and activities you are likely to enjoy.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)

The best-known and most trusted personality assessment tool available today. As many as 1.5 million assessments are administered annually to individuals, including to employees of most Fortune 500 companies. The MBTI sorts personality differences regarding how people direct their energy, take in information, make decisions and deal with the outer world. The resulting 4-letter “Types” can be used for individual career development and coaching and by organizations for team building, conflict management, and leadership coaching.

Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Self and 360

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s best-selling and most trusted leadership tool of its generation measures Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership (Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, Encourage the Heart). This tool approaches leadership as a measurable, learnable and teachable set of behaviors. The LPI Self instrument allows individual leaders to measure the frequency of their own behaviors on a 10-point frequency scale. The LPI Observer allows leader-selected bosses, co-workers, direct reports and others to provide feedback on the frequency with which they observe those same behaviors. Typically administered as a pre- and post-measure, the LPI can also be used as part of an on-going leadership development initiative.


Corporate Coach U’s Personal Coaching Styles Inventory® provides insight into how people are likely to communicate with giving and receiving feedback. This self-scorable communication styles instrument has been used since 1997 with tens of thousands of participants worldwide. The assessment can be administered and the used in a stand-alone workshop or as part of the Coaching Clinic. The PSCI® is a practical tool guiding leaders toward tailoring their communication to suit individual and team needs.

If one of these career assessments piques your interest, contact me to discuss how it could work for you.