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 characterise the Pathfinder.

Each module and its constituent values are described 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 you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because your approach to addressing needs is different. For example, you may be the kind of person who assesses the alignment between a need, your personal competence, and the path to success. You may prefer a clear indication of where your 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 you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you 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 you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you are someone who is consistent, dependable, and sticks to a chosen path with unwavering commitment. You value the known and the reliable, which might make you 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 you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you are someone who is adept at, and is comfortable with, navigating through established procedures, and knows how to maneuver within predefined boundaries and structures.

Outlook Module

This module addresses the skills related to the way Pathfinders perceive the world – how they process information and what they value. This module also includes one of the ‘big five’ domains of personality - the quality of ‘openness [1]’, which is the degree someone is receptive to new ideas and/or experiences.

Curious

A Pathfinder has a willingness and eagerness to explore unknown territories, seek out new experiences, and embrace unfamiliar concepts. They are open and receptive to new information. The approach of the Pathfinder is reflected in a generative ‘curiosity’ that can seek and find new approaches when plans don’t work as intended (i.e., most of the time).

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you find comfort in the familiar and known. You tend to stick with what you know, preferring established methods and ideas. While you may still be curious, it's often within the boundaries of your comfort zone.

Positive

A Pathfinder approaches challenges with a hopeful and positive outlook, confidently pioneering new solutions and forging ahead, even when faced with uncertainty or adversity.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you approach situations with measured optimism, weighing known facts and potential risks. You value evidence and past experiences, tempering your positivity with a grounded sense of reality.

Motivation Module

Successful Pathfinders recognize that the rewards they pursue are on the other side of many unknowns and long hours – and therefore they need to be motivated by deeper sources than near-term financial reward or the forthcoming acclaim of peers.

Intrinsic Motivation

A Pathfinder has an internal, non-material motivation coupled with the need to improve and create.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you are motivated by tangible rewards such as financial incentives and peer recognition.

Need to Build Something

A Pathfinder has a deep-seated, inherent drive to construct or create, rather than being motivated solely by external factors like compensation or recognition.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you are focused on tangible results and end-goals. You are more about the outcome than the journey.

Adversity Response Module

This module covers how the Pathfinder deals with adversity. Broadly, they don't just overcome adversity, but use it as a catalyst for positive change or growth.

Pragmatic

A Pathfinder actively seeks lessons from setbacks and is unafraid of the iterative process of trial and error.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you place a premium on safety and reliability, preferring to operate within well-defined and proven parameters to minimize risks.

Action-Oriented

A Pathfinder can take action, often without needing all the data. They are comfortable with their intuition and enjoy initiating new ventures, projects, or opportunities, with an exploratory mindset.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you base your actions on thorough information and planning. Your strength is in being informed, having a strategy or plan, ensuring tasks are finalized, and seeing things through.

Systems Thinking

A Pathfinder sees the broader, interconnected picture, understanding the nuances and interplay between different parts of a system.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you deliver a detailed and focused examination of individual issues in isolation.

Relationships Module

The final module addresses dimensions related to how a Pathfinder relates to people and prioritizes relationships – because the long-term success of a Pathfinder requires both starting and maintaining vibrant relationships, not exploiting contacts for short-term gains.

Practical Humility

A Pathfinder embraces humility, is open to feedback and sees every opportunity as a chance to learn and grow while acknowledging their own limitations.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you are highly skilled and refined in specific areas. You prioritize tasks that leverage your expertise and may not often venture outside that domain because of your focus on your specialized skills.

Prioritizes People

A Pathfinder values and prioritizes safeguarding and nurturing relationships. They emphasize long-term relationship-building and understand the deeper significance of interpersonal bonds in achieving goals.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you focus on the here and now, emphasizing short-term results and achievements. You might value relationships, but your primary motivation is to see immediate results, even if it means occasionally sidelining relational considerations.

Consistent

A Pathfinder treats all commitments equally, without bias towards the seniority or status of the person involved. They are stewards of their commitments, guarding and upholding them consistently, regardless of their own self-interest.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you prioritize commitments based on factors like immediate opportunity or the perceived importance of the person you made the commitment to. You adapt and might not treat all commitments with the same level of priority or urgency?

Responsible

A Pathfinder not only takes responsibility and the associated accountability, but has the capacity to persevere and remain steadfast in the face of challenges, including limited resources or tight timelines.

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

If you did not score as a Pathfinder, it could be because you feel more comfortable when you have clear directives and someone else shoulders the overarching responsibility. You contribute within the parameters you're given, prefer a more guided approach and contribute best when conditions are ideal. You prefer guidance over autonomy.

[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..