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Self Discovery Tools

The following self-discovery tools are some of the more popular assessments being used across campus for greater understand of self and others. We encourage you to consult with Greg Giesen, Manager of People Development, ([email protected]) 303-871-3307, to help select the assessment(s) that best fits your needs. Contact information for each assessment is also provided.

Manager-360 Assessment

The Manager-360 is a powerful tool with an important purpose – to harness the power of multi-faceted perspectives to identify strengths and weaknesses to improve performance. Managers have a unique and often limited perspective when it comes to their employees. The Manager-360 feedback gives managers the ability to gain insight from people who work closely with them (including their manager, peers & direct reports) about their strengths and growth areas as a manager. The Manager-360 is more of a process than simply an instrument to complete and requires a planning session (to set it up correctly) and one-on-one coaching with the manager(s) who are being evaluated once the results are in.

To read more about the Manager-360 assessment and process, click here .

To see what a sample report looks like, click here .

DU Contact: Greg Giesen, Human Resources, [email protected], 303-871-3307

Cost/Material Fees: $0

Team Climate Survey

The People Development Team has created a short & sweet team assessment for teams, units, departments and even divisions. We would work hand-in-hand with your group to assess whether or not this was the best course of action or not and then administrate the survey and consult with your team around the results. If interested in learning more, click here or contact Greg Giesen, Ken Pinnock, or Shannon Seales for more information.

The Hogan Inventories

Hogan publishes three unique assessments that measure normal personality characteristics, career derailment risks, core value drivers, and cognitive style:

· HPI – The Hogan Personality Inventory measures normal personality characteristics necessary for job fit, effective relationships, and career success.

· HDS – The Hogan Development Survey is the industry standard for measuring career-derailing personality characteristics.

· MVPI – The Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory reveals a person's core values, goals, and interests, which impact organizational fit and indicate environments in which individuals will be motivated and satisfied.

The Hogan can be used for individual coaching and/or for your team. Please note that anyone taking the Hogan must go through a 90-minute coaching session to review your results. 

DU Contact: Greg Giesen, Human Resources, [email protected], 303-871-3307

Cost/Material Fees: $0

* There is however a $135 fee per Hogan Assessment for using the Hogan to assess final candidates.

Engaged-Stay Interview

An Engaged-Stay interview, sometimes referred to as a Stay interview, is a process whereby managers meet with employees outside the regular performance appraisal cycle to understand from the employee's perspective what is positive and engaging in their work and the Institution, as well as aspects that could be improved. It also provides an opportunity for the manager and employee to discuss their working relationship. The goal is to proactively identify opportunities to increase the engagement and satisfaction of employees. 

To preview a copy of the questionnaire, click here or contact Ken Pinnock, [email protected].

True Colors Personality Profile

True Colors™ is a user-friendly version of the Myers-Briggs. It's a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Green, Blue and Gold are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors™.

Each of us has a combination of these True Colors that make up our personality spectrum, usually with one of the styles being the most dominant. Identifying your personality and the personalities of others using True Colors provides you with insights into different motivations, actions and communication approaches. True Colors works because it is based on true principles and easy to remember and use – in all kinds of circumstances – from personal relationships to professional success. 

If you'd like to take the True Colors Personality Styles assessment, go to The cost is $49.95. However, there is a free assessment used in the workshop itself, so the online assessment isn't necessary unless you'd like an extensive report.

DU Contact: Greg Giesen, Human Resources, greg.gies[email protected], 303-871-3307

Cost/Material Fees: Unlike the other assessments below, we prefer that groups hold off on taking the "optional" assessment online until after the 2-hour class. We provide a short & sweet assessment in class but you'd have to pay $34.50 to take it online.

*This personality profile is the best in our opinion for work groups and team because of its simplicity and cost. You want an assessment that people can learn easily, apply immediately, and have fun while learning it.


The DiSC assessment is a self-discovery tool to help you learn your preferred behavioral style. The DiSC assessment helps identify how people prefer to behave, act and communicate. It measures how you respond to challenges, how you get things done, how you influence others, and how you respond to rules and procedures. DiSC is made up of four basic styles (Dominance, Influence, Conscientiousness, and Steadiness) and is used by an estimated 75% of Fortune 500 companies. DiSC can help improve work productivity, teamwork and communication. It is non-judgmental and helps people discuss their behavioral differences. For more information, go to

DU Contact: Ken Pinnock, Human Resources, [email protected], 303-871-7511

Cost/Material Fees: $0

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Learn your top five signatures strengths, what they mean and how to leverage your strengths for professional and personal success with StrengthFinder. Prior to the course, participants will be asked to complete the online assessment and review their action planning guide. The online assessment will be provided at no cost to the participant. This session has a capacity of 12 participants. For more information see

DU Contact: Shannon Seales, Human Resources, [email protected], 303-871-2537

Cost/Material Fees: $0 (includes StrengthFinder book) This workshop works best when your whole team/group/department take it together.

The Insights Discovery System

The Insights Discovery System is a comprehensive next generation psychometric system that is focused on the workplace. At the heart of the Insights System is the Insights Discovery Personal Profile, believed to the most accurate and reliable work style assessment available. The Insights Personal Profile is generated from a web-based evaluator that takes only 20-30 minutes to complete. The profile is divided into sections and includes: Personal Style Overview, Strengths and Possible Weaknesses, Value to the Team, Communication Style, Possible Blind Spots, Opposite Type, Suggestions for Development, How to Manage and Motivate Management Style.  

Daniels College of Business offers public sessions to preview the assessment and costs. 

DU Contact: Executive Education, Daniels College of Business, 303-871-3411

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a self-report questionnaire designed to make Jung’s theory of psychological types understandable and useful in everyday life. Taking the MBTI inventory and receiving feedback will help you identify your unique gifts and personality preferences. This useful information will enhance understanding of yourself, your motivations, your natural strengths, and your potential areas for growth. It will also help you appreciate people who differ from you.

DU Contact: Career Services, 303-871-2150. The Career Services department primarily serves students at DU but can assist with the Myers-Briggs instrument / coaching.

* Please note that we encourage groups to use the True Colors Personality Styles in lieu of the MBTI. Since True Colors is a simplified form of the MBTI and does not require taking an assessment, it saves both time and money. For more information, contact Greg Giesen.

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is an assessment tool intended to help individuals and groups better understand their ability to adapt their behaviors and perspectives to other cultures. Individuals will receive a personalized report summarizing their current level of cultural competence and also receive an Intercultural Development Plan® that outlines appropriate activities for further growth. Group profiles are also available for teams that wish to see their combined average score.

DU Contact: Heidi J. Perman, M.A. [email protected] 303-871-2788

Cost/Material Fees: $15 fee per person includes individual profile report and action plan.