20 Life Areas: Strategium Personal Score Test Results Revealed
Thank you for passing our self-assessment Strategium Personal Score test (SPS-test). This post provides information to help you understand your results.
If you got to this page before the SPS test, we recommend you pass the test, save your results and return to this page for clarification.
After answering the questions, you should have received the following information:
You see four calculated parameters:
- Strategium Personal Score shows your development level in 20 spheres of life.
- The amplification factor takes into account the trends in the external environment for decision making.
- The recommended mode shows the optimal development intensity with several parameters taken into account.
- The recommended thinking horizon is a crucial parameter for choosing your strategic planning horizon.
- The need indicator shows the extent to which a personal strategy is needed.
These parameters require an explanation to make the correct conclusions and decisions based on their values.
Strategium Personal Score
Strategium Personal Score is an integrated parameter that evaluates your status in 20 spheres of life. This metric shows the average level of quality in areas of your life.
It means that values up to 20 correspond to a low level of development, 20-80 – to an average, and more than 80 – to a high level. However, we are not interested in the parameter itself but what to do with it. Logic suggests that the lower the SPS, the higher the need for changes, but some nuances exist.
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So, to choose the best approach for solving life’s problems or transition to a new level, you should do the following:
- Determine your value SPS (you received this value during the test).
- Find the obtained SPS value on the horizontal axis of the chart in the illustration below.
- Look at which zones cover the space on the chart above the point corresponding to your SPS value: blue, red or green. This information is necessary to make a decision.
As can be seen in the chart, there are three options:
I. Low SPS Value (less than 20)
The predominance of the red zone and SPS less than 20 means that it is not optimal to develop a strategy immediately. First, you need to analyse your life path.
In this case, we recommend taking our free personal strategy development course (Module 1).
Our Personal Strategic Analysis Course (Module 2) will also be helpful. Such a program will allow you to outline the future strategy and gain access to the road map, which will help you develop a strategic plan by yourself.
II. Average SPS Value (20 – 80)
The predominance of the blue zone means that you can get maximum value by developing a comprehensive strategic plan rather than analysing your trajectory.
When SPS is low, the first task is to understand the internal and external causes of the situation. Then, perhaps after some pause for reflection, think about new goals and strategies to achieve them.
Suppose you have an average SPS (20-80 or 30-70). Then the training in Modules 1 and 2 of the course will not be sufficient. In your situation, it is crucial to understand what new goals to set and, most importantly, to develop ways to achieve them. Without them, the goals are just notes for Santa Claus. This task corresponds to our entire personal strategic planning course (Modules 1, 2 and 3).
III. High SPS Value (over 80)
If your SPS is over 80, you are in the green area of the chart, which means two things. On the one hand, you have achieved excellent results; on the other hand, for some reason, you are satisfied with your life and do not set ambitious goals.
High quality of life is good, but doesn’t that mean slowing down your development if you look closely? Thoroughly analyse your situation, and if you think that a low ambition problem does exist, you can work with psychologists or specialists in this field.
Such work may include restarting your perspective, perception of the world and reassessing your achievements and claims. Finally, when you understand that there is something to strive for and open up new horizons for development, we recommend returning to the entire personal strategy program.
If you have any questions or ambiguities about this interpretation of your SPS meaning, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for clarification.
The amplification factor is calculated on your data and considers the state and prospects of your environment. A high coefficient means dangerous trends around you, and developing a personal strategic plan is critical.
For example, if your SPS=60, then developing a personal strategy may seem optional. However, if your amplification factor is greater than 2, it means that you are under the pressure of damaging factors and trends in your external environment. For example, the industry in which you work, your profession and your place of residence are degrading. That is why the need to develop a personal strategic plan increases significantly.
A personal strategic recovery plan becomes mandatory, as the dynamics of your industry, profession and environment are dangerous for your future.
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Recommended Development Mode
The recommended development mode is the intensity of effort needed to move to a new level and change the life trajectory.
Development mode #1 does not imply any intensity or activity in the direction of the strategic transformation of human life. On the other hand, the 10th mode assumes that people devote all their time to achieving strategic goals, regardless of daily activities and tasks.
Development Mode 3 and above require a strategic analysis of the situation, advanced goal setting and long-term planning activities to achieve strategic goals.
If we recommended mode three and above, you irrevocably need to engage in a personal strategy to achieve your goals. You can learn more about development modes in the next chapter.
Development Mode also applies when we need to define thinking (or planning) horizon.
Recommended Planning Horizon
The value of the recommended planning horizon speaks for itself. Therefore, we recommend that you develop your strategic plan for that time horizon.
As you probably know, the time horizon for thinking stands for the ability to operate with a specific time horizon for analysis and decision making.
The time horizon of thinking is approximately equal to the time frame for analysing the external environment and developing your plans. Thus, through planning, you make a conscious effort to expand your thinking horizon, which means that planning itself is an effective way to grow strategic and systemic thinking.
When you create a plan for five years, the time horizon for your thinking also extends to 5 years. When you develop a strategy, make important decisions, choose your path, you make a significant intellectual work that expands your thinking.
The second concept that will come in handy today is stratum. Stratum is a level of organisational hierarchy (from Human Capabilities, Elliot Jaques, 1963), which by the nature of the activity, you have to consider a specific time horizon of thinking.
The simplified distribution of society by strata looks like this:
- People who, for one reason or another, are unable to do any practical work.
- Unskilled workers, performers of standard operations.
- Skilled workers, specialists, low-level managers.
- Mid-level managers and heads of small business and non-profit organisations.
- Leaders of medium commercial and non-profit organisations.
- Directors of large commercial and non-profit organisations.
- Heads of international corporations and other organisations and industries.
- State leaders, global leaders, sages, prophets.
The illustration above shows an example.
It is undeniable that everyone belongs to one of these strata. However, it is indisputable that not everyone is happy with their current belonging to a particular stratum.
Many go out of their way to raise their strata. Some believe that hard work ensures success; others think you need better reasons and more clever approaches.
Let’s think about what the average person like you and me can do about it.
Choosing a stratum and development mode to suit our age and ambitions
Of course, a life path is not a career trajectory in an organisation. However, given the social nature of human beings, we can also use the concept of strata for life planning.
On the diagram, you can see a demonstration of the principle of the scale of thinking presented in the study “Human Capabilities” by Elliot Jaques. The test you have taken calculates your planning horizon based on development mode #8. From the instruction below, you can define the planning horizon based on individual mode.
So let’s move on to defining the time frame for which you need to develop a plan. This parameter takes into account your development mode. Take a look at the illustration above. In this graph, the horizontal axis shows the person’s age, while the vertical axes combine two dimensions: the time horizon of thinking and the strata.
How to find propper thinking horizon
Do the following:
- Find your age on the lower scale of the chart. This illustration shows the level of thinking according to the person’s time horizon and age (according to the research “Human Capabilities”, Elliot Jaques, 1963). For example, let’s assume that you are 40 years old.
- Draw a line from a point with the value of your age on a horizontal scale vertically upwards.
- Select your development regime from the first to the tenth. The first one provides minimal effort in self-development, and the tenth one provides titanic struggle. It excludes all activities not related to achieving your goals. For example, let’s say you have chosen the normal development mode under number 5.
- From the point where your age and the chosen development mode intersect, draw a horizontal line to the left scale and find the required time horizon for thinking. For example, for age 40 and mode #5, the planning horizon needed is two years.
- Determine which stratum (second scale on the left) corresponds to the resulting thinking horizon. In this case, stratum #3 corresponds to this horizon.
- Compare your current and desired stratum and amend the required planning horizon according to the instructions below.
If the current stratum is higher than the one you calculated, it means that you have chosen a less ambitious mode. In this case, adjust the mode up unless you consciously want to reduce the tempo and the load.
How to make a quantum leap to higher strata
On the next step, choose the stratum to which you would like to belong. If it is higher than your current level, you should adjust the scale of thinking. For example, let’s say you are 40 years old and belong to stratum #3, but you would like to belong to stratum #6. In this case, it is necessary to choose a thinking horizon of 15-20 years instead of 2 years, obtained by your calculation.
How can you make such a significant shift from 2 to 20 years?
It is possible only through developing a personal strategy: an own strategic plan for 15-20 years. And as you can see on the graph, you will need to switch to full development modes (8 and above).
You can read more about the choice of personal strategy planning horizon in one of the Personal Strategy Development Course lessons.
The extent to which a personal strategy is needed
We have introduced one more index into the test results, which considers four main parameters and depends on them.
If your results show a low SPS, a high amplification factor, a high development mode and a long thinking horizon, the degree of need to develop a strategic plan is the highest. The higher the coefficient, the more critical it is to create a strategy as soon as possible.
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©Deem Rytsev - the author is the founder of Strategium.Space and NooSphereum.Org and specializes in strategic management in his scientific and business activities.
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