The Pathfinder Modules/Values Explained

The Pathfinder assessment has been designed to identify the key skills that define a Pathfinder. These are the enduring human qualities that provide the foundations of success of a Pathfinder. While presented as five modules, each with constituent values, they all work together in an interconnected and symbiotic whole.

The Five Pathfinder Modules and their Constituent Values

The five Pathfinder modules and their constituent values

This section describes the modules and values in greater detail and explains how and why they apply to a Pathfinder. Of course, there are many more attributes that describe the human condition but it is these modules/values that, in combination, uniquely define and characterize the Pathfinder.

Each module and its constituent values are described in the tabs below. Note that the Pathfinder assessment is measuring only for those values as they pertain to a Pathfinder. So if, for example, a candidate scores low on the value Positive, it does not mean that the candidate is 'negative', just that they did not score well for the type of positivity required of a Pathfinder. For each value, a counterbalance is provided but, again, we are only testing for the value as it pertains to the Pathfinder disposition.

Approach Module

This module covers how the Pathfinder approaches opportunities and challenges and, through its values, defines the unique attributes of a Pathfinder.

Self-Directed

A Pathfinder identifies a need and is motivated to address it, innovating and adapting as they go. They don't wait for permission to proceed, a clear path or playbook but rather pave their own way.

Remember, the Pathfinder assessment measures these values only as they pertain to being a Pathfinder.

If the candidate did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because their approach to addressing needs is different. For example, they may be the kind of person who assesses the alignment between a need, their personal competence, and the path to success. They may prefer a clear indication of where their skills fit and are more cautious about diving into unfamiliar territories without seeing a direct path.

Thrives on Ambiguity

A Pathfinder thrives in uncertain and vague situations, demonstrating expertise and comfort in navigating such environments.

Remember, the Pathfinder assessment measures these values only as they pertain to being a Pathfinder.

If the candidate did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because they are someone with a refined appreciation and skill for situations that are clear and straightforward.

Agility and Adaptability

A Pathfinder is adept at rapidly processing information, evaluating the situation, and making informed decisions based on evidence. They're willing to pivot when necessary and are constantly attuned to the changing environment, ready to adjust as evidence dictates.

Remember, the Pathfinder assessment measures these values only as they pertain to being a Pathfinder.

If a candidate did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because they are someone who is consistent, dependable, and sticks to a chosen path with unwavering commitment. They value the known and the reliable, which might make them less prone to frequent shifts or changes, even when external evidence suggests a pivot might be beneficial.

Questions the Status Quo

A Pathfinder is capable of thinking outside the box and introducing new ideas, and possesses the judgment to know when and where to apply that innovation.

Remember, the Pathfinder assessment measures these values only as they pertain to being a Pathfinder.

If a candidate did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because they are someone who is adept at, and is comfortable with, navigating through established procedures, and knows how to maneuver within predefined boundaries and structures.

[1] S Gosling, S. D., Rentfrow, P. J., & Swann Jr, W. B. (2003). A very brief measure of the Big-Five personality domains. Journal of Research in personality, 37(6), 504-528..

This section describes the modules and values in greater detail and explains how and why they apply to a Pathfinder. Of course, there are many more attributes that describe the human condition but it is these modules/values that, in combination, uniquely define and characterise the Pathfinder.

Each module and its constituent values are described in the tabs below. Note that the Pathfinder assessment is measuring only for those values as they pertain to a Pathfinder. So if, for example, an individual scores low on the value Positive, it does not mean that the individual is 'negative', just that they did not score well for the type of positivity required of a Pathfinder. For each value, a counterbalance is provided but, again, we are only testing for the value as it pertains to the Pathfinder disposition.

Approach Module

This module covers how the Pathfinder approaches opportunities and challenges and, through its values, defines the unique attributes of a Pathfinder.

Self-Directed

A Pathfinder identifies a need and is motivated to address it, innovating and adapting as they go. They don't wait for permission to proceed, a clear path or playbook but rather pave their own way.

Remember, the Pathfinder assessment measures these values only as they pertain to being a Pathfinder.

If the candidate did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because their approach to addressing needs is different. For example, they may be the kind of person who assesses the alignment between a need, their personal competence, and the path to success. They may prefer a clear indication of where their skills fit and are more cautious about diving into unfamiliar territories without seeing a direct path.

Thrives on Ambiguity

A Pathfinder thrives in uncertain and vague situations, demonstrating expertise and comfort in navigating such environments.

Remember, the Pathfinder assessment measures these values only as they pertain to being a Pathfinder.

If the candidate did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because they are someone with a refined appreciation and skill for situations that are clear and straightforward.

Agility and Adaptability

A Pathfinder is adept at rapidly processing information, evaluating the situation, and making informed decisions based on evidence. They're willing to pivot when necessary and are constantly attuned to the changing environment, ready to adjust as evidence dictates.

Remember, the Pathfinder assessment measures these values only as they pertain to being a Pathfinder.

If a candidate did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because they are someone who is consistent, dependable, and sticks to a chosen path with unwavering commitment. They value the known and the reliable, which might make them less prone to frequent shifts or changes, even when external evidence suggests a pivot might be beneficial.

Questions the Status Quo

A Pathfinder is capable of thinking outside the box and introducing new ideas, and possesses the judgment to know when and where to apply that innovation.

Remember, the Pathfinder assessment measures these values only as they pertain to being a Pathfinder.

If a candidate did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because they are someone who is adept at, and is comfortable with, navigating through established procedures, and knows how to maneuver within predefined boundaries and structures.

[1] S Gosling, S. D., Rentfrow, P. J., & Swann Jr, W. B. (2003). A very brief measure of the Big-Five personality domains. Journal of Research in personality, 37(6), 504-528..