Alan Carr Pathfinder Results

Thank you for taking the time to complete our Pathfinder assessment. This is your results page. You can navigate around the page using these links:


Introduction to the Pathfinder Assessment
Your Pathfinder Results
Pathfinder Modules/Values Explained
Helpful Resources


Introduction to the Pathfinder Assessment

Faced with opportunities and challenges, Pathfinders do not accept the status quo.
Rather, they innovate and find a new way.
In doing so, they create a path that benefits not only themselves but everyone who follows.

What is a Pathfinder?

Faced with opportunities and challenges, Pathfinders are the explorers, the trailblazers who just pick up the baton and figure out how to get the job done. They have a combination of characteristics that make them more likely to succeed when dealing with the associated ambiguity and risk.

Here are a few examples of how Pathfinders are different from other individuals:

  • Pathfinders have a strong ability to deal with ambiguity. When in situations without precedent, Pathfinders need to be agile and not just deal with ambiguity, but actually find a way to thrive within it.
  • Pathfinders don't need to be told what to do. They can operate without a playbook of any kind. They are self-directed, able to fully engage in tasks/roles largely, or even entirely, motivated by meeting a need. Broadly, Pathfinders see a need and jump in and figure things out as they go.
  • They have a curiosity that allows for creative solutions. This is critical when a lot of latitude is provided to find new solutions, products, or markets.
  • A Pathfinder's hunger is intrinsically rather than extrinsically motivated. They are looking for something far deeper and that has personal meaning for them.

Where Do Pathfinders Fit?

Pathfinders are a great fit when a company or organization needs to find a new way to do something, such as expanding into new markets or developing new products.

In self-managed companies, the autonomy that comes with a hierarchy-free organizational structure comes with increased responsibility and accountability. Not everyone enjoys or can deal with this but Pathfinders can and do and those who flourish in self-managed organizations are high on the Pathfinder spectrum.

Startups also tend to be full of Pathfinders who hack through the proverbial jungle of early-stage growth, developing the trail (or Playbook) for others to follow as they scale.

Companies with rigid hierarchies, that are heavily rules-based and/or have roles that require a Playbook to be followed are not good fits for a Pathfinder. The frustration of being restricted in terms of what and how to do things will result in very low work satisfaction for a Pathfinder in such a company.

Understanding where you are on the Pathfinder spectrum will, therefore, be a great start in finding a role that is a good fit for you.

The Pathfinder assessment has been designed to test for 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
Individual assessment responses are scored for each module/value and use a clear visualization to indicate your score, e.g.:

An example of a scoring dial within the Pathfinder dashboardThe score is normalized between 0 and 100 and displayed from left to right.

The solid dark line indicates the threshold for Pathfinder performance.

A score in the first (reddish) segment indicates the individual has not yet reached the expected Pathfinder level.

A score in the final (green) segment indicates the individual has reached the expected Pathfinder level.

While there is a definite, quantified threshold for Pathfinder performance, the nature of assessments is that there is a trade-off between depth of assessment and accuracy. For this reason, we provide a tolerance for scores around the threshold. This is the central (amber) segment.

Scores above or below the threshold can help identify strengths to leverage and/or opportunities for growth.

Note that each module and value is designed and assessed through the lens of a Pathfinder. So, for example, the value "Positive" refers to the type of positivity a Pathfinder requires. Scoring low on this value does not mean an individual is 'negative', just that their positivity has a different composition, one that is less aligned with what is required of a Pathfinder. See the Pathfinder Modules/Values Explained link in the left hand sidebar for full details.

Your Pathfinder Results

Snapshot
This is a snapshot of your Pathfinder results with the Pathfinder modules/values color-coded to represent how you scored against each.
Alan Carr Pathfinder Results
  • Growth Opportunities - these are the modules/values where you definitely fell below the threshold for a Pathfinder. Don't worry, change begins with awareness and we've provided some Helpful Resources in the left hand sidebar that will help you move along the Pathfinder spectrum.
  • Tolerance Zone - these are the modules/values where you scored in the tolerance zone around the Pathfinder threshold. While there is a definite, quantified threshold for Pathfinder performance, the nature of assessments is that there is a trade-off between depth of assessment and accuracy. For this reason, we provide a tolerance for scores around the threshold. Where you have scores in the tolerance zone, check the detail below to see if they're above or below the threshold of 55 and use this as an indicator of growth opportunity/strength to leverage.
  • Strengths to Leverage - these are the modules/values where you clearly exceeded the threshold for a Pathfinder.

Detail
This provides more detail on your Pathfinder results and quantifies your score for each module/value.

Summary
Your overall Pathfinder score is 48.3 which we would categorize as not yet being a Pathfinder.

Further Commentary

    These results offer you the opportunity to help understand where you are on the Pathfinder spectrum. First of all, note that we're assessing for the modules/values as they pertain to being a Pathfinder. So, for example, if you do not score highly for the value Positive, it doesn't mean you're not a positive person. It does mean you don't have the type of positivity required to be a Pathfinder. You can read more using the sidebar link Pathfinder Modules/Values Explained.

    Whatever your Pathfinder results, it's important to understand that there is no wrong answer.

    Some personality traits have always gained more praise. Extroverts over introverts. Engineers over marketers. Specialists over generalists. Leaders over followers. Concrete thinkers over abstract. People with strong Pathfinder characteristics are not better or worse than others—they just have a different skillset. The fact is, we need each type of person and the strengths they offer for the world and our businesses to work.

    Knowing where you sit on the Pathfinder spectrum will help you decide how suited you are for certain roles. For example, if you're in Sales and attracted by a first sales hire role within a startup, then be aware that that role requires someone with strong Pathfinder characteristics. If that's not you then you're unlikely to be successful.

    Equally, if you have strong Pathfinder characteristics and you see a role that looks attractive in a very traditional, hierarchical organization, then think twice as that rules-based structure will likely be highly uncomfortable for you.

    If, having viewed your results, you want some help moving along the Pathfinder spectrum, then be aware that change begins with the awareness that you now have. You can move along the Pathfinder spectrum with the right support and the Helpful Resources link in the sidebar provides curated links to help you.

    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 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 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.

    [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..

    Pathfinder Development Resources

    Pathfinders do not accept the status quo. They innovate and find a new way.
    They create a path that benefits not just their own journey, but all others that follow.

    This page focuses primarily on helping with your opportunities for growth along the Pathfinder spectrum. The four core Pathfinder modules are comprised of individual values and change is best affected by focusing on these individual values.

    Each value is briefly described together with a curated resource on how you can improve.

    Approach Module

    Self-Directed
    Pathfinders are able to fully engage in tasks/roles largely, or even entirely, motivated by meeting a need. Broadly, Pathfinders see a need and jump in and figure things out as they go. This is what we mean by being self-directed. For a discussion on how a person who is not self-directed approaches their work, check out the explanation of the Approach module in the 'Explanation' link in the left hand sidebar.
    How to Become More Self-Directed
    Self Direction with Andy Storch

    Thrives on Ambiguity
    By definition, Pathfinders are working in areas where there is no playbook, no set of rules telling them how to fulfil their role. Being able to deal with, and thrive with, this ambiguity is a key component of being a Pathfinder.
    How to Make Friends with Ambiguity
    Thriving in Ambiguity & Change

    Agile
    This relates to how you deal with change. Are you open to it? Do you adapt quickly? Can you work with incomplete information? How do you deal with failure? Can you learn from it and move forward?
    So You Want to be More Agile?
    7 Practices to Boost Agility

    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.

    Outlook Module

    Curious
    Pathfinders need the curiosity to seek and find new approaches when plans don’t work as intended, which can be most of the time.
    How to Become More Curious: A Guide to Enhancing Your Inquisitive Nature
    Seven Ways to Be More Curious

    Positive
    Being able to maintain energy and optimism through likely setbacks in an unknown environment is a defining characteristic of a Pathfinder.
    How to Cultivate a Positive Mindset
    How to Develop a Positive Attitude in the Workplace

    Motivation Module

    Intrinsic Motivation
    Successful Pathfinders recognize that the rewards they pursue are on the other side of many unknowns and, therefore, they need to be motivated by deeper sources than near-term financial reward or the forthcoming acclaim of peers. This is expressed through the value ‘intrinsic motivation’ and is often manifested in the need to build something and/or be part of something bigger than the extrinsic motivation of financial rewards.
    Building Intrinsic Motivation: A Guide for Business Professionals
    How to Increase Intrinsic Motivation (According to Science)

    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.

    Adversity Response Module

    Pragmatic
    The work of a Pathfinder is necessarily defined by wrong turnings, setbacks, friction and, yes, failure. How we deal with these is important. Do we view them as something shameful and to be hidden or as opportunities to learn and ‘fail forward’?
    7 Principles for Failing Forward
    Becoming More Pragmatic: A Business Guide to Practical Decision-Making

    Action Oriented
    Being ‘action-oriented’ means being willing or likely to take practical action to deal with a problem or situation. This then requires we bring a sense of urgency to our work which then requires a strong work ethic and tenacity.
    Developing a Personal Bias for Action
    How To Be More Action-Oriented When It’s Hard to Take Action

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

    Relationships Module

    Practical Humility
    How can you become more humble? Humility is the seed of growth. Being aware of your shortcomings and working to improve each one is a positive sign of humility.
    Practical Humility in Business: An Individual Guide
    The Underappreciated Power of Humility

    Prioritizes People
    Putting people first coupled with the requisite communication skills is a competence of the Pathfinder that enables the creation of long-lasting trusted relationships.
    Becoming More of a People Person
    Eight Things You Can Do To Improve Your Communication Skills

    Consistent
    How consistent are you in delivering what you say you will do? Are you able to push back on taking on further tasks rather than risk not delivering on your commitments later?
    Improve your consistency at work

    Responsible
    Many people are attracted by the degrees of freedom/latitude afforded to Pathfinders in their myriad roles. However, that freedom comes with a level of responsibility and accountability some will find uncomfortable. The final value ‘responsible’ assesses people for their ability to manage that responsibility.
    Embracing Greater Responsibility and Accountability at Work: A Guide to Professional Growth
    Improve Personal Accountability: 12 Things To Do In 12 Weeks