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Why use personality tests when you scientifically can check inner motivation?

The Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter currently runs a series of articles around non-serious personality tests being used by highly respectable organisations. Often as screening or discussion input in the recruitment process or as a tool in the people/talent management process.



Since I certified as Reiss Motivation Profile Master consultant with RMP Nordic, I have learned as lot about these tools that I sincerely wish I had known when I worked as a manager with business and operations in many parts of the world. Many of the present personality test tools are based on philosophical hypothesis and later attempted to be justified through empiric validation), rather that based on scientific research on true inner motivation.

My take on the matter is that the work world and the private- & family world are growing closer and closer. Peoples inner motivation will determine to large extent their behavior in work situations and on their leisure time. If people can´t express their inner motivation at work, or on the private arena, it will take a lot of energy to get the work done and they run high risk of eventually getting ill. Hence the importance of getting people on board with true inner drive on the organisations values and vision. Makes quality deliveries easier, cheaper and more fun for everybody involved!


The market for personality tests has exploded. So far, Det Norske Veritas certified 16 tests, but only two are approved for the Swedish labor market. Many tests used in state authorities does not satisfy the requirements they have set for themselves in their guidelines.


Mikael Leinsköld, CEO

RMP Nordic is currently well into in the process of getting RMP certified and approved for the Nordic labour market at the audit company Det Norske Veritas, says  Mikael Leinsköld, CEO for RMP Nordic AB.

Try Reiss Motivation profile (RMP) when you want to find out your inner drive through a scientifically researched tool, which has proven to give basically the same result when later repeated (unlike many of the presently used personality tools). Reiss Motivation Profile also gives basically the same result if someone else close to you judge your answer on the questions.

The RMP questions are also properly translated to Swedish and validated by a large number of persons, to avoid cultural problems with idiomatic expressions.

I personally like to run workshops to provide insights about their inner motivators and how their profile is impacting their communication and relation with colleagues and others.

I also love doing workshops with leaders, providing concrete insights in how they can maximize the engagement by adapting their own communication for different people according to their inner motivation. Insight in the likelihood & underlying reason for conflicts between different persons and how they can be prevented.

Awesome new Reiss Motivation Training in Sweden!

What a great new Reiss Motivation Profile training that RMP-Nordic, Mikael Leinsköld and RMPs Sweden responsible: Pia-Maria Thorén, Green Bullet, arranged last week! The internationally renowned RMP masters Daniele Gianella and Päivi Mayor facilitated the training this time around. Thank you very much, I am very much looking forward to getting more Swedish colleagues in this field!

More RMP trainings will be made available by Green Bullet throughout the year. And team development training workshops with RMP based exercises.

Did you know that Reiss Motivation Profile is now taught each year by Päivi Mayor at Masters level at the International Business School TAMK, Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

And did you also know that Leapfrog, certifying ICF coaches in Sweden, has Steven Reiss book Who am I? among the books on the reading list…?

Stay tuned, you will hear more about RMP in Sweden for sure, as it is gaining ground.



Purpose and inner desires – inherited or not?

I got the question the other day; whether our individual higher purpose is genetic, or maybe derived from inner desires.

Here are my thoughts about it:

We are all born for a higher purpose of any kind, and that purpose has a natural connection with our inner basic desires, motivating forces.

Steven Reiss, Ph.D.*, says that at least 14 of the 16 internal universal driving forces appear to be genetic in origin, because similarities can be seen in the family backwards.

I personally believe that we have a genetic “blueprint” (encoded in the DNA) that gives us numerous opportunities. All parts of the DNA are not active at all times, however. According Epigenetics, smoothly explained by Dr. Bruce Lipton, our perception and emotional state control which part of the DNA that are active at any given moment. Perception and emotional states is rooted more in tradition than in genetics.

This purpose may not necessarily be defined in terms of classic goals, verb or a noun achieved, so to speak. The purpose may e.g. be to help to augment a particular state or feeling.

Bob Proctor example, has dedicated his life to teaching people about what drives  our results and how we can rebuild our habits to better assist us in this. Gandhi dedicated his life to peace and equality found his meaning in trying to eradicate injustice using nonviolence principles.

Far from everyone is clear about their individual purpose. It tends, however, to brighten slightly when taking step by step.

When taking step by step towards your purpose your “meaningful happiness,” as Reiss calls it, will increase. You may notice that you often find yourself more often in a “higher emotional state” (see for example the staircase of the emotional state according to Dr. Hawkins in the book “Power vs Force”).

When taking steps away from your purpose, your meaningful happiness is reduced. The reduction of the value-based happiness might be masked by increased “feel-good happiness” (the feel-good luck), but usually brings feelings of hollowness in the long term.

When you understand what your own inner forces are, it is easier to find the pathway to your purpose, should it feel diffuse and unclear at present. It makes it easier to understand if you have defined goals or visions that are not in line with your inner driving forces. Such goals & visions will lead to activities that soon feels right meaningless and will hardly lead you to “flow”.

Have a good weekend!

// Sara Bern, Agile coach and Certified RMP Master

* Steven Reiss, Ph.D. is the author of “Who am I?” and “The normal personality” and founder of the RMP Motivation Profile.


Breaking Terror Barriers Within You to Achieve Growth and Development

Let me try to explain the process of how to break terror barriers to expand your comfort zone.

First step in the psychological process of experiencing growth is called bondage. In spite of the mental ability to choose, a person uses the energy flowing into him to think usual thoughts, creating the same internal images and, as a consequence, gets the same type of results.

Then comes a new intriguing idea, an idea out of the ordinary! The person then starts to reason. chains-19176_1280 (2)The idea gets accepted on the intellectual level, but, it is still far from getting accepted on the emotional level.

The idea only remains in the intellectual level because it simply does not resonate with the paradigm prevailing in the subconscious mind. The person, therefore, continues to get the same type of results as before because it is the subconscious that dominates our thoughts and decisions. Even though the person does not get the results he wants, he is still comfortable with where he is because he has been living in that same quality of life every day, probably even for most of his life.

The thing is, he can’t just dismiss this idea. It continues to come back and wants attention. He starts to get emotionally involved. The moment the idea is impressed on the old mind conditioning, the electrical system in the person’s body goes haywire and puts him into a mixed vibration. Worry, fear and anxiety strikes so fast and hard that it puts the person in a complicated state of emotions.

This is common in people and is a remnant from our ancient life out in the wild. When facing a threat of some kind, it is natural for the body to react as if it was facing a wild lion on the prairies. All sorts of stressful emotions and bodily reactions appears, and tries to get your attention.

At this stage, development and growth ceases. Everything is put on high alert to prepare for survival through the ‘fight or flight’ defense mechanism of the person. A part of the brain called the amygdala even screams at you to do something!

Why? The new idea is pushing this person forward but the old conditioning, the paradigm, is driving him back. The conflict is unbearable. Persons in this state can’t improve their lives, They don’t want to go back, yet, they can’t stay where they are. It is therefore important to look into the why? Why do I want to do this? Why do I want to plunge forward? Does it lead me in the direction of my goals? Does it hurt anyone? Will it improve my life? If the answer to those questions is a resounding yes; then, you should push yourself the terror barrier!

A lack of understanding of what is going on internally often causes the person to retreat to familiar territory. He quickly bounces off the terror barrier all the way back to bondage. The person rationalizes to himself why it is a good place to be there. It’s comfortable and it’s familiar. It comes naturally for him to choose to settle in that situation.

But, as Abraham Maslow states, ‘You will have a choice here in front of the terror barrier: step forward into growth, or you will step back into safety! Reach for the freedom which becomes your new comfort zone. You will evolve in the process. You will come out on the other side stronger and more prepared for the next round of challenge. You won’t rid yourself of the fear, though. Facing the terror barrier on another occasion will still cause you to experience fear, but it is easier to handle it this time.’

My mentor puts it this way: Do it afraid!

This article is published at hubpages http://ow.ly/EY0BJ

Interview with Ole Jepsen on Leadership in Agile

In this interview transcript with Ole Jepsen, an agile transformation coach, he talks about how organizations should create an environment wherein self-organizing teams can thrive and create great products and services to delight their customers and produce great results. Good leaders don’t tell his people what to do, he says, but instead involve and engage them.

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Good leaders create an environment where self-organizing teams can thrive and create great products and services to delight their customers: that is what Ole.

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The ABC’s of Agile Leadership

What does an agile leader need to know to be effective? This informative article talks about the qualities that make him one and how to do it.

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What are the 3 things a CEO needs to know to support his agile teams? Let’s talk about the ABCs of agile leadership: Alignment – The Agile CEO enables alignment of the organization’s capacity to strategic goals. Step one is 

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Factors That Enable You To Keep Going Towards Achieving Your Goal

There are many factors that can keep you in action to make you achieve your goals. Action is motion and motion means inertia.

Walking is one perfect example. In reality, it is an action of constantly falling forward. By putting one foot in front of the other, the motion is continued straight forward, instead of falling to the ground. Once you are in motion, it will cost more energy to stop, than to continue walking.

Similarly, once you’ve got a train in full swing, it is virtually unstoppable. The activity carries an energy that feeds itself, and gives the fuel to carry on. Once the train is in motion, it costs more energy to stop it than to keep it going.

My mentor Paul Martinelli used to say: ‘Do the thing and you’ll get energy to do the thing!’

It reminds me of my stepfather, Alf. We used to live in this house in Järved which had an old bathroom we had become very tired of. We wanted to remodel it, but on the other hand, it was still working. One day Alf said loudly, ‘Now is the time to start!’ He took a hammer and went into the bathroom and smashed a tile on the bathtub. Then he turned to us and said, ‘Now there is no turning back!’ At this point, the train was already in motion, for sure.

So, what enabling factors, do you think, can help you get going with your actions towards achieving your goals? The thing is, we often get caught up in one way of doing things that we do not see all the alternatives available.

The factors we discuss here are, by no means exhaustive, but you can look at it as a good start to verify whether you have used all ideas to get the most effective solution to your action.

When we talk about enabling resources and factors to fulfill a goal, it may include resources such as working people or material. It may also be any of the points I will enumerate here. Look at it as an input to what you might consider to be of help to you in your goal activities. Perhaps you will, by just reading this list, come to think of enabling factors you never thought about and that could really propel you forward or compensate for a lack of other factors. It could be tools that you need, including :

1. Knowledge – such as signing up for a course or read books or asking people for information

2. Experience – may be to get one type of a job first before applying to others or do an on-the-job training

3. Qualifications

4. Reputation

5. Contacts – what are you doing to increase your contacts in the right direction on a regular basis

6. Style – what do you wear, how do you talk, what is your appearance

7. Skills

8. Decisions and Commitments

9. Re-direction, re-allocation and prioritization means putting factors we already know of higher up on the list

10. Attitude and outlook

11. Encouragement and support – includes avoiding the energy thief

12. Time and space

13. Maturity and wisdom

14. Energy and enthusiasm

15. Determination and persistence

16. Money and other assets

17. Mistakes and disasters

Where you already possess an identified enabling factor, then re-direct and prioritize it ‘upwards’. This can even apply for factors like money and time, where such enablers are often possessed but are currently misdirected or wasted. The decision and commitment to re-direct and prioritize becomes the enabling factor.

A more common case is, that you do not possess an enabling factor that is an absolute must to secure the goal and there are no means of how you can secure it easily: then you need to identify what will cause it to happen, and update your action plan.

Use your logic – identify the causative enabling factors that can keep you going towards achieving your goals, and, update your action plan.

This article is also available on hubpages:  http://sarabern.hubpages.com/hub/factors_toward_goal_achievement

Great Tips To Help You With Personal Development

It’s never too late to develop yourself. These practical tips are a great way to help you get there.

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What is the Motivating Reason for Growth and Expansion?


background-16835_640You are presently a direct and perfect expression of the life force, the infinite power within you.

Actually you have enough power locked up within your body to light up a large town for an entire week.  Who could believe that?

Well, you may just for the fun of it calculate it using the traditional energy formula:

Energy equals Mass times the square of the speed of light.

This life force is the motivating reason for growth and expansion.

It makes the trees grow, the leaves fall off. Start anew in the earth beneath.

It causes the babies strive for movement and eventually learn to walk, in spite of numerous so-called failures…

This power, this life force, creates everything and is the essence of everything . You can´t have it or lose it.

It is everywhere. It is always for growth and fuller expression

It makes the trees grow, the leaves fall off. And then it starts anew in the earth beneath.

It causes the babies strive for movement and eventually learn to walk, in spite of numerous so-called failures…


This power, this life force, creates everything and is the essence of everything .

It is itself neither created nor destroyed, it just changes form.

It is both the cause and effect of itself.

You can’t have it or lose it, it is everywhere in the entire universe, equally distributed .

If you want to find out what this power really is, you may go to one of the 2 main sources of knowledge:

  • Science or

  • Theology


The scientists told me, well, there actually exists a power that is neither created nor destroyed, it just changes forms.

  • It is the cause and effect of itself.

  • It penetrates and permeates the entire universe.

  • It is equally distributed.

We scientists call this power Energy.


Then I went to the theologians, to get their explanation.

Well, they said, universe certainly has a life power that creates everything and is the essence of everything.

A force that motivates the world and is for expansion and fuller growth.

We know this force, they said:

  • It is everywhere…

  • equally present,

  • can not be created nor destroyed,

  • it just is.

  • It is the cause and effect of itself.

We call this power God. In other religions other names are used, but essentially we are talking about the same life force.

I don’t really care what you want to call this life force, that is not important. Use whatever etiquette suits you and your upbringing.

I come from the scientific side and will refer to Energy or Universal Power.

Ever since I was a child, living in Skorped, a rural area up north in Sweden, I believed in something bigger than myself, something that caused everything to happen. I simply didn’t believe in so many coincidences.

I had no know-how to explain some of the magical events that  I read about and heard about, but I felt intuitively that there must be an explanation behind why some people see and experience things that we others don’t. They must have access to something bigger than themselves, something that seemed to have a common information source. I called this a “common memory”, a sort of information field”. So I believed in a power source which directed and knew and could somehow be accessed.


As you become more consciously aware of your oneness with this power, and its laws of expression, this awareness will be reflected in your results.