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What are Metaprograms and why are they important?

Metaprograms are the series of mental filters which determine how one behaves based on how one thinks and what one pays attention to during observation. For instance: Do you focus on the information or on people? Do you like to look at the big picture or are you a detail-minded person?

Think of it like the wiring in your brain. Every person is wired a little differently, and this affects the way they see and act in the world. Understanding how people are wired can have profitable rewards in the field of HRM.

Among other things, metaprograms can be used to determine whether a person will be motivated by certain jobs, environments, or input. This is the reason that measuring metaprograms can be useful during recruitment, coaching, and training people.

Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

-William James


How does jobEQ utilize Metaprograms?

jobEQ’s most popular product, the iWAM questionnaire, measures 48 metaprogram patterns - far more variables than competing tests. Our feedback reports explain the results, and how they relate to and predict employee behavior. Instead of saying a person is either "proactive" or "reactive," these reports detail exactly how proactive and reactive a person is. Measuring items on a scale such as this gives you an incredible amount of information about the person and how he or she compares to others. Rather than just putting people into one of a few categories, the iWAM gives you more possible profiles than there are people on the Earth. Since everyone is unique, this makes perfect sense.

Once you see exactly which metaprograms jobEQ measures, you will begin to understand how much they could affect a person's behavior at work. We have organized the metaprograms into 16 Categories, each of which can be accurately and objectively measured by iWAM.

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Article 1: Are Men From Mars and Women From Venus?
Article 2: Do Metaprograms Evolve with Age?
Article 3: Moving Metaprograms Beyond Flatland

The following four articles are in-depth studies of global trends among certain metaprograms:
Article 4: Task Attitude - Options vs Procedures
Article 5: Rules and Conformity
Article 6: Action Direction: Goals and Problems
Article 7: Work Environment Type & Work Responsability Type

Other sources:
Critical study of NLP Metaprograms and its scientific foundations
An in-depth NLP metaprograms article by Steve Saunders


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