Human Patterns as a Coaching Tool

Human Patterns as a Coaching Tool

Many coachees will have completed psychometric inventories, competency tests, and 360 instruments in the course of their career. They will have worked with coaches who are expert in one or more of these tools and will have a rich understanding of some of the questions that will arise as the coaching contract and relationship evolves. Human Patterns, because it addresses typical questions of concern to both employers and employees, can supplement and expand use of measurement tools to help the coach and coachee make informed decisions about the best use of their time together.

As the two parties engage; questions arise: “How do I manage?” How do I solve problems?” How do I direct my effort or energy?” “What kinds of concerns to I bring with me?” “What work roles do I gravitate toward? What assignments? What tasks?” “What motivates me?” “How do I deal with conflict in the work group?” “How do I behave as a leader?” and so forth; will percolate up. The coaching process itself will evoke these questions. Answering these questions requires a common language Human Patterns can be helpful in evolving. When the coach and coachee are curious about how the coachee compares with others in regard to an aspect of a question, Human Patterns can offer comparative data. Human Patterns might even point to questions themselves that might merit a priority for the coaching process.

Comparative data and a broad array of data organized around questions individuals and businesses typically address enriches the context for coaching. Human Patterns is not always exactly on the mark – no psychometric is or can be – but it can help to open dialogue, rationalize and organize that dialogue, and highlight areas that merit focus. Coaching is expensive. Time required to establish a coaching agenda can take many hours. Human Patterns – for the initial investment of fifty minutes to an hour and a half – can reduce that time considerably. Human Patterns can also be an indicator of the impact of the coaching if it is re-administered after some time, but many other intervening factors and events can also come into play for individuals engaged in development processes.


A. Laffoley

Academic Program Director Raleigh- Durham, NC

I used the Human Patterns Inventory in the development program for high potential senior leaders and recommend it as an effective tool as part of any comprehensive employee development program. In my opinion an important differentiator of this tool is the light it shines on the switches that may occur in our behavior when we are in reaction mode (e.g. in a stressful situation). Bringing awareness to where this occurs is invaluable to an individual’s personal development.

K. Jobe

Executive Recruiter Charlotte, North Carolina Area

I have used the Human Patterns as an internal recruiter as well as during client “coaching” engagements. It is the most comprehensive psychometric test that I have ever worked with. I highly recommend this tool to any organization that is committed to talent optimization.

F. Christian

Managing Director Chicago, IL

Human Patterns is a rare exception among assessment tools. Most are simplistic and slipshod, more mirrors of their creators' craniums than windows into one's own. Human Patterns has a richness that allows me to start meaningful conversations with the hidden high potentials I work with, who after years of severe underemployment have lost sight of themselves and their unique ways of working with the world. I'm so enthusiastic I now require it for new clients to shortcut to solutions.