Tap into your inner powerhouse

5 May, 2023
Tap into your inner powerhouse | News | Pause Awards
George Hedon, founder and CEO, Pause Fest & Awards
George Hedon
5 May, 2023

Have you ever wondered what’s holding you back from achieving your full potential? Maybe you feel like you’re not making the most of your strengths or you’re struggling to connect with your team at work.

Fear not, because we’ve got the scoop on 10 personality assessments that can help you uncover hidden talents, improve team dynamics, and skyrocket your success in life and at work.

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): This classic assessment offers insights into your communication, decision-making, and problem-solving preferences. By understanding your psychological type, you can leverage your strengths and work on your weaknesses, leading to a more balanced and successful personal and professional life. (Website:; Cost (AUD): approximately AUD 67.43 – AUD 107.93)
  • DiSC Profile: Focusing on Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness, the DiSC assessment gives you a clearer understanding of your work style. This knowledge can improve collaboration and communication with your colleagues, making teamwork a breeze. (Website:; Cost (AUD): AUD 54 – AUD 145.13)
  • StrengthsFinder (CliftonStrengths): This tool is designed to help you discover and develop your top strengths. By leveraging these unique talents, you’ll be better equipped to excel in your personal and professional life, achieving your goals faster and more efficiently. (Website:; Cost (AUD): AUD 26.99 – AUD 67.49)
  • 16Personalities: Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, this free assessment identifies your personality type, providing insights into your strengths, weaknesses, and potential career paths. Armed with this knowledge, you can make more informed decisions and set yourself up for future success. (Website:; Cost (AUD): Free – AUD 39.15)
  • Enneagram: By categorising individuals into nine distinct types based on core motivations and fears, the Enneagram assessment offers valuable insights into personal growth, relationships, and communication styles. Understanding your Enneagram type can lead to more meaningful connections and improved collaboration with your team. (Website:; Cost (AUD): AUD 16.20)
  • Big Five Personality Test: Shedding light on your openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and emotional stability, the Big Five assessment can help you understand your personality traits and behaviours. With this information, you can work on areas that need improvement and capitalise on your strengths. (Website:; Cost (AUD): Free – AUD 39.15)
  • Kolbe A Index: By measuring your natural instincts and cognitive abilities, the Kolbe A Index can help you understand your problem-solving and decision-making styles. This knowledge can lead to increased productivity and better collaboration in your professional life. (Website:; Cost (AUD): AUD 74.25)
  • The Predictive Index (PI) Behavioural Assessment: This workforce assessment tool measures your motivating needs, behaviours, and drives. The insights gained can help organisations optimise their talent and enhance teamwork, leading to a more successful and harmonious workplace. (Website:; Cost (AUD): Contact their sales team for pricing)
  • Fingerprint for Success (F4S): F4S offers a personalised assessment to help you discover your unique talents and blind spots. By understanding your work style, motivations, and potential pitfalls, you can unlock your full potential and thrive in your personal and professional life. (Website:; Cost (AUD): Free for basic features, premium plans start at AUD 40.5/month)
  • Hogan Assessments: These comprehensive assessments help individuals and organisations gain insights into personality, values, and cognitive abilities. With this knowledge, you can develop more effective strategies for personal growth, team dynamics, and organisational success. (Website:; Cost (AUD): Contact their sales team for pricing)

So, why should you and your team invest time and energy in these personality assessments? The answer is simple: understanding yourself and your team members on a deeper level can lead to increased self-awareness, better communication, and improved collaboration. By leveraging these insights, you’ll be able to develop stronger relationships, enhance your performance, and ultimately achieve greater success both personally and professionally.

We’ve heard that Myer-Briggs, DiSC, 16Personalities and F4S are good value, or just a good process that leads to interesting learning about self. If you have tried any of the listed assessments please let us know about your experience and how it may have helped you and your company. Feel free to post the article, tag us and comment in your social media. We are curious to find out what works well, and if we missed on anything make sure to let us know.

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