Behavioral Coaching & TAIS

tais wordsThe Attentional and Interpersonal Style inventory (TAIS) is a 144-item, self-report questionnaire that measures 20 different concentration skills as well as personal and interpersonal attributes. These specific concentration skills and personality characteristics can be thought of as the building blocks upon which more complex human behaviors depend.

  • TAIS is used around the world for the selection and training of high-level performers in sport, business and the military
  • TAIS measures the specific concentration and interpersonal skills necessary for effective decision-making and the coordination of mental and physical processes in high-pressure situations
  • TAIS results allow you to identify the specific environmental conditions likely to facilitate or interfere with an individual’s ability to make effective decisions and to perform at the upper limits of his/her physical and mental potential
  • TAIS results also allow you to identify the specific behaviors an individual needs to change in order to improve performance

Concentration skills and the ability to shift both the width and the direction (internal versus external) of thought are critical determinants of success or failure in virtually any performance-related situation. You cannot cross the street safely without paying attention to performance-related cues. You cannot speak with another individual effectively without paying attention to the communication-related cues. You cannot problem solve without shifting attention and focusing on task-related cues. You cannot get out of the starting blocks in the Olympics in time to win the race without paying attention to the right cues.

The ability to shift attention, to pay attention to the right cues, is affected by two things:

  1. The strength of a particular focus of concentration: For example, some people find it easier to attend to internal cues than to external ones. Some individuals find it easier to narrow their concentration than to broaden their focus.
  2. Changes in emotional arousal: These changes have a direct effect on the ability to shift one’s focus of attention.

Scores on the TAIS attentional scales allow you to identify an individual’s concentration of strengths and relative weaknesses. Scores on the TAIS personal and interpersonal scales allow you to anticipate the types of performance-related situations that are likely to interfere with a person’s ability to control his/her level of emotional arousal. These two pieces of information, combined with an understanding of the concentration skills and the interpersonal characteristics required by any specific situation, will allow you to anticipate how a person will perform under pressure. They will also help you to determine the specific steps that will be most helpful in overcoming any identified area of concern.

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