The International Profiler
What is it?
Reflect for a moment on how you respond to working in an international context.
Do you put your energies into the 'flexibility' with which you fit into a range
of different situations? Or, on the other hand, do you 'focus on goals'
regardless of the pressure to compromise? Despite the obvious contradictions,
both approaches represent key skills for working across cultures. The important
thing is to identify which approach is more typical of you, and whether this is
appropriate in your particular international role and context.
The International Profiler is a
questionnaire and feedback tool that has been developed to help managers and
professionals understand where they typically put the emphasis when working
internationally. It helps to raise their awareness of potential areas in which
they may require future development, and suggests actions they can take to fill
How does it work?
The International Profiler is a
normed psychometric questionnaire based on our framework of
international competencies. Details of the norm base and other technical
aspects of the questionnaire can be obtained by clicking the link at the top or
bottom of this page.
The International Profiler provides
individuals with structured feedback in terms of the energy, emphasis and
attention they bring to each of the 22 dimensions in this competency set. The
feedback can be given in a face to face meeting, in groups, or over the
telephone, and is used as a basis for personal development planning, and further
coaching and developmental activities.
The illustration on the left shows a sample page from a personal feedback report
The International Profiler feedback
Identification of potential gaps
in a person's international competence
Linkage to the individual's roles
and business context
The rationale for development and
initial action steps for gap closing
All the individual needs to do to
initiate this process is to fill in the the International Profiler questionnaire
which takes about 30-40 minutes. The questionnaire can be distributed and
completed on-line or through a hard copy version.
What is the International Profiler for?
The International Profiler is aimed
at individuals who need to build adaptive skills for working in a multi-national
environment. They may wish to review their present international experience and
extend the skills they bring to the task. They may have a present or imminent
need to transfer their technical and managerial skills more extensively into the
Typical candidates include:
Managers leading, or participating in, diverse
Specialists sitting on international committees
Managers operating in multi-cultural workplaces
Professionals with international business
International project managers
Managers integrating operations across national
Key support staff co-ordinating and
communicating across cultures
6 Benefits of the International
Provides structured individual
feedback in the area of working across cultures
• Turns awareness from group training into personal
personal guidance in realigning energy for imminent relocation,
and more challenging international roles
• Supports leadership development at an individual level
• Acts as diagnostic for skills development through group
• Provides statistics on skills gaps at an organisational
if you would like to receive case studies about how the International Profiler
has been used in different organisations, product downloads or information
regarding technical issues.