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 to 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 development 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 right 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. If you use this parameter directly, it shows the average degree of development of different areas of your life.
It means the following: 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 there are some nuances.
As you know, we have developed an advanced method of achieving goals through strategic analysis and creating a personal strategy. You can learn more about this approach in this article.
So, to choose the best approach for solving life’s problems or transition to a new level of development, the following should be done:
- 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 development trajectory.
In this case, we recommend taking our free personal strategy development course.
An Introductory Course, which includes the full free course program and some additional lessons from Modules 2 and 3, will also be helpful. Such a program will allow you to outline the future strategy, as well as gain access to the road map, which will help you to 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 developing a comprehensive strategic plan, rather than analysing your trajectory.
With low SPS, the first task is to understand the causes of the situation and then think about new goals and strategies for their implementation. Perhaps, after some pause for awareness.
In a situation of average SPS (20-80), the analysis of the trajectory will be insufficient: it is more vital to understand which new goals to set and work out ways to achieve them. This task corresponds to our main course of practice.
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 if you look closely, doesn’t that mean slowing down your development? 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. When you understand that there is something to strive for and open up new horizons for development, we recommend that you return to a personal strategy program.
If you have any questions or ambiguities about this interpretation of your SPS meaning, please contact us for clarification.
Amplification factor value
The amplification factor is calculated from your data and takes into account the condition and prospects of your environment. The higher the gain, the more threatening the trends and the more critical it is for you to develop a personal strategic plan.
For example, if your SPS=60, then developing a personal strategy may seem optional. If your amplification factor is greater than 2, it means that you are under the pressure of negative factors and trends in your external environment. The industry in which you work, your profession and your place of residence are degrading. That is why the need to develop a strategy 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 regime
The recommended development mode is the intensity of effort needed to move to a new level and change the life trajectory.
Development mode One does not imply any intensity or activity in the direction of the strategic transformation of human life. Regime 10 assumes that a person devotes all of his or her time to achieving strategic goals, regardless of daily activities and tasks.
Development Regimes 3 and above require a strategic analysis of the situation, advanced goal setting and long-term planning of activities to achieve strategic goals.
If we recommended you regime three and above, then you need to engage in personal strategy as a method of achieving your goals. You can learn more about development regimes 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. We recommend that you develop your strategic plan for that period.
The time horizon for thinking is 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 which you analyze the external environment and develop your plans.
Through planning, you make a conscious effort to expand your thinking horizon, which means that planning itself is an effective way to develop 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, you make important decisions, choose your path, and this is a significant intellectual work that expands your thinking.
The second concept that will come in handy today is strata.
Stratum is a level of organizational hierarchy, which by the nature of the activity you have to take into account a specific time horizon of thinking.
Let us simplify it and consider that we are talking about positions in the organization. After all, in the test, you specified your position level.
The test calculates your planning horizon based on development mode #8. From this instruction, you can define the planning horizon based on the individual mode.
So let’s move on to defining the time frame for which you need to develop a plan, taking into account your development mode:
- Take a look at the illustration above. In this graph, the horizontal axis shows the age of the person, while the vertical axes combine two dimensions: the time horizon of thinking and the strata.
- 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 his or her age (according to the research “Human Capabilities”, Elliot Jaques, 1963). 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 and exclusion of all activities not related to the achievement of your goals. Let’s say you have chosen the normal development mode under number 5.
- From where age and development mode intersect, draw a horizontal line to the left scale and find the time horizon for thinking. For age 40 and mode #5, the required planning horizon is just under 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.
Simplified distribution of society by strata looks like this:
- Stratum 1: people who for one reason or another are unable to do any useful work
- Stratum 2: unskilled workers, performers of standard operations
- Stratum 3: skilled workers, specialists, low-level managers
- Stratum 4: mid-level managers and heads of small business and non-profit organizations
- Stratum 5: leaders of medium commercial and non-profit organizations
- Stratum 6: heads of large commercial and non-profit organizations
- Stratum 7: heads of international corporations and other organizations and industries
- Stratum 8: State leaders, global leaders, sages, prophets
The illustration below shows an example.
If the actual 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.
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 a stratum #3, but you would like to belong to a stratum #6. In this case, it is necessary to choose a thinking horizon of 15-20 years instead of 2 years, which is obtained by your calculation.
How can you make such a significant shift from 2 to 20 years?
It is possible only through the development of a personal strategy: an own strategic plan for 15-20 years. And as you can see on the graph, to implement this strategy, you will need to switch to maximum development modes (8 and above).
You can read more about the choice of personal strategy planning horizon in one of the lessons of the Personal Strategy Development Course.
The extent to which a personal strategy is needed
We have introduced one more calculation index into the test results, which takes into account four main parameters and depends on them as follows.
If your results show a low SPS, high gain, high development mode and a wide range of thinking, the degree of necessity tends to 100%. The higher this coefficient, the more critical it is to start developing your 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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