Q6 Dr Lisa: Are there some basic questions our clients can use to assess the “time span of discretion” for an individual?

Tom: In his Time Span Handbook, Elliott Jaques outlines ten questions for a diagnostic interview. While most diagnostics, related to employment, center around psychological or “behavioral” metrics, the Time Span interview measures the Time Span of the individual.

These questions ask the subject to describe the manner and frequency they are given task assignments, the manner and frequency their work is reviewed, and whether they work on multiple assignments at the same time.

While most psychometric assessments require psychological interpretation, the responses to the Time Span diagnostic can be easily understood by any competent manager.

That completes our interview of Tom Foster. If you have questions or comments, please enter them below by clicking on the Comments hot link.

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Dr Lisa Lang

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