People often asked us: “Why don’t you make MindSonar available directly to the general public?” We have several good reasons for not wanting to do that.
First of all, interpreting MindSonar, although it has quite an extensive (30+ pages) written report, works best when a trained professional is helping. A professional, to mention just one aspect, understands much better how combinations of different Meta Programs work and what the implications of a certain profile could be.
Also, interpretation is useful only to the extent that you can actually do something with it. A trained professional can help people translate insight into action, through advice, coaching and training. The same goes for organizations. Understanding how people think is only valuable in so far as people in the organization can use that understanding to change.
We see MindSonar as part of a formula. Even if f.i. a consulting product is ‘Powered by MindSonar’, it is usually much more than just the measurement. The other part – usually the biggest part by far – is the professional using MindSonar. In combination they form a great product.
Yet another reason for not opening MindSonar up directly to the general public, is data contamination. If the test were open to just anybody, many people taking it would not be very serious about their answers. They might, for instance, just be trying to see if they could fool the system or they might make it their sport to get an extreme score. We admit that even with professional applications, one can never be certain about the extent to which the answers reflect people’s thinking. But by opening up MindSonar to just anybody, we would be likely to increase the amount of ‘frivolous data’ enormously, degrading the quality of our database.
We believe that in the long run, we will be able to maintain a much higher quality by linking MindSonar to trained professionals.