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Concepts: Risk-Orientation Model

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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™.

  • MTG Energy - how much energy you put into 'Moving Towards Your Goals'
  • Multi-Pathways - the extent to which you find ways around obstacles
  • Fault-Finding - how good you are at seeing potential obstacles
  • Optimism - the extent to which you expect positive outcomes
  • Time-Focus - a measure of your psychological time and your orientation to the past, the present or the future

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.

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Accreditation is required to use the Opportunities-Obstacles (QO2™) Profile. Accreditation status can be achieved by either attending a public workshop in your area, by E-Accreditation, through an in-house workshop or a webinar accreditation. Each method allows you to be recognized worldwide as an accredited member of the Team Management Systems network.

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