What is style?

Style, in its essence, is your natural preference for solving problmens or challenges. While styles can be stretched and we can work outside our preferences, a person will always have a way of working that feels easy and organic. Style is not the same as level, although they are often confused. Level refers to a person’s ability to problem solve. There is no one preference that makes a person better at problem solving or makes him or her more creative.

Then, isn’t style the same as behavior?

While it appears that style and behavior are the same, in fact they are not. Style is part of our natural make-up and is strongly resistant to change. People can work outside their style preference, however, the further the situations is from their preference, the greater the level of stress they may expereience. 

On the other hand, while being aware of our style, it is still possible to adjust or adapt our behavior at times and often it is appropriate to do so.  Our natural style preferences do not make it impossible for us to modify our behavior when needed.

Why the Name "VIEW"? Is that an acronym?

VIEW is not an acronym. We chose the title because the word VIEW spoke clearly about the tasks for which the instrument can be helpful. Our goal is that using this tool will give individuals and groups a sound, clear, and helpful "view" of their preferred ways of solving problems and managing change alongside a constructive understanding and appreciation of different points of view.

Why is it important to know about problem-solving styles?

Knowing about problem-solving styles provides you with information to help you acknowledge and use your strengths while becoming more aware of some of the risks and limitations that may be associated with your style. Becoming more effective, whether as an individual or team, involves knowing and focusing on your strong points, being aware of your limitations, and recognizing areas where you may need to be more conscious and deliberate. When you're aware of your style preferences, you can also recognize when there is a need to be able to work outside your strengths and to stretch beyond your natural preferences. In addition, knowledge of style gives you helpful information about how to work effectively with others whose preferences differ from your own.

Are people with certain styles naturally better problem solvers?

In short, no. Your style may tell you which tools, stages or strategies you prefer to use or that feel closer to your natural preference. It does not tell you how well you will learn or apply these tools or strategies.

Some style assessments attempt to link certain styles with performance in specific stages of problem solving. Our point of VIEW is that all problem solvers need to be able to use any (and all) problem-solving strategies, components, stages, and tools. Further, all problem solvers should believe that they can do so successfully and that a preferred style does not indicate ability or level.

Do certain styles mean I'll be a better leader, manager, teacher, or team member?

Good leaders, managers, teachers, and team members have many styles. Although some styles may be more prevalent in, and may be a "natural fit" with, in a certain setting, or under particular circumstances, there is no "one best style" for any role.

Can VIEW scores tell me something about the jobs or careers that would be good for me?

Certain jobs demand specific kinds of problem solving. Some jobs may require you to work within clear boundaries, to work very reflectively or individually for long periods, or to be highly sensitive to people's feelings. Knowing about the requirements of the job and your own preferences can help you make more informed choices.

Your VIEW results provide valuable information about how you will react to work and seek to structure situations, tasks, and relationships to approach your work, rather than about whether or not any particular job is "right" or "wrong" for you.

How can I take VIEW and get my results?

To respond to VIEW and receive your results, you must work with a qualified VIEW User. Please use the contact us form to inquire about taking and receiving VIEW feedback.  We don't believe in simply giving scores or using superficial labels to characterize powerful aspects of a person's behavior and preferences. If you are a professional interested in using VIEW in your work, please contact us and we will pair you with a Qualified User in your area or provide information about how you can become a qualified VIEW User yourself.  

What ages can use VIEW?

Our research and field experience has demonstrated that it is possible to use the VIEW assessment with both adolescents and adults; it has been demonstrated to be valid and reliable across the age range from 12 through adult. Although younger children may demonstrate personal style preferences, their preferences may not yet be stable and well-defined. Some children may not have the maturity and depth of experience to define problem-solving style preferences (in contrast with general learning style preferences) accurately and consistently.

How much does VIEW cost?

Qualified VIEW Users have wide latitude in their pricing of VIEW to their clients, since they are also providing additional services for their clients. VIEW's pricing for qualified users is favorable in comparison with most other valid and reliable, well-researched instruments that measure cognitive style or learning style. Prices are adjusted for use in non-profit settings. Pricing information is available to prospective qualified VIEW Users upon request.

Why do I have to take a Qualification Course to administer VIEW?

VIEW has been extensively researched and a continually developing tool that has great power within organizations. We pride ourselves in training individuals who will use it properly and with great care. Our goal is to provide those that take VIEW with quality, memorable results that will impact how they work and relate to people not only in their current situation, but in any circumstance going forward.