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The Human Patterns interpretations are delivered by experienced coaches and human resources specialists with experience coaching, organizational development, and staff and leadership and management development. This resources page provides tools and references for white papers, case studies, academic studies and other information we believe will be of interest to psychometricians, coaches, and OD professionals.



Crux Listening is a manual developed by Stan Smith to help coaches listen for the naturally embedded categories used by people to shape their world and invoke their preferences and interests. It supplements the categories or models tested for by Human Patterns with additional sets of factors that are naturally used by people and are also in an hierarchical relationship to one another.


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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.