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Opportunities-Obstacles Profile [QO2]

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Many people consider that the human psyche can be reduced to five independent scales. Four of these are measured in the Team Management Profile but little has been done to make the 'fifth dimension' meaningful and accessible in the workplace. The fifth dimension is widely used in clinical psychology where it is used to measure such characteristics as depression and hypomania. But in the world of management development it has languished because of low face validity. The QO2™ is a new look at the fifth dimension and has a high level of face validity and utility for managers and their teams.

The QO2™ stands for the Opportunities-Obstacles Quotient and is a measure of the extent to which people are more likely to invest energy in seeing the opportunities or seeing the obstacles. In simple terms it is a measure of the inherent risk a person is likely to accept. It affects their approach to decision-making, change, conflict and just about any situation faced at work.

QO2 Risk-Orientation Model

Risk-Orientation Model

The Risk-Orientation Model is the basis of the QO2™ concept and defines five subscales that are used to calculate the QO2™.

The Opportunities-Obstacles Profile (QO2™ Profile) enables individuals to review their approach to work and improve both the way they seize opportunities and foresee obstacles. An overall score on the instrument is given together with data on the five subscales.

The Opportunities-Obstacles Profile is invaluable for:

  • Change management
  • Personal development
  • Team development
  • Conflict resolution
  • Finding ways around obstacles
  • Potential obstacle analysis
  • Project Management

The Opportunities-Obstacles Profile and the Team Management Profile together give five-factor feedback to rival the best clinical personality instruments. The difference is the focus placed on work. You will learn how to harness your own uniqueness and to get the most out of your work life.


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