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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.