In our systems-based model of communication, the Baseline Instrument is one of our consulting tools that integrates theory into practice. The Kantor Baseline Instrument measures everyday communication tendencies along three dimensions:
Your dominant propensity within the Action Modes reflects your most common contribution to a group conversation. In every interaction, there are only four basic vocal acts: The Move, the Follow, the Oppose and the Bystander. While these actions happen repeatedly throughout dialogue, individuals commonly make one or two of these vocal acts significantly more frequently than the others Your propensity reflects the action to which you gravitate.
Your dominant propensity within the Operating Systems is the set of basic rules that you implicitly follow when interacting with others. Different people prefer different rules and there are three distinct Operating Systems that have been identified, reflecting different system archetypes—Closed, Open and Random. Your Operating Propensity reflects the set of rules that you will follow when you are free to act as you prefer.
Individuals tend to focus on certain kinds of issues and topics more frequently than others. The dominant propensity within the Communication Domains represent what you pay attention to when you are interacting with others, either Affect, Meaning, or Power. Because of your interest in these topics, the language that you use most frequently is reflective of your Communication Propensity.
With Structural Dynamics Licensed Practitioners, individuals, teams, and organizations can utilize detailed reports to discover their Baseline Profile and develop conversational depth range and fluency.
Individual Baseline Profile
The Kantor Baseline Profile is distinct from other instruments in a number of ways. First, its model gives participants a descriptive language for their own and others’ behavioral patterns. Second, the model is pluralistic rather than normative: although there are talents, traps and tips associated with each profile, no one profile is better or worse than any other. Rather, we suggest that in knowing with the knowledge of the behavioral profile, an individual can more easily identify situations in which it serves the self and others, and where it will fall short. The goal of the tool is to help an individual operate more consciously to expand their behavioral repertoire, making significant improvements in their own interpersonal efficacy.
After receiving their profile, participants are able to engage in conversations with others in new ways—no longer placing blame for unsuccessful outcomes on one person or another, but rather understanding how a set of profiles can come together to produce both desirable and undesirable outcomes. They also see new possibilities for where and how to make behavioral changes to increase desired communicative outcomes.
Team Baseline Profile
Understanding the interplay of communication profiles within a team is a key element of improving overall effectiveness. The team instrument looks at a group’s self-reported effectiveness and aggregates each team members individual profile to produce their collective team profile. The instrument also predicts the ways in which teams will typically get stuck and allows practitioners to make actionable recommendations for change.
Interested in using the team Instrument? Please fill out the key contact person’s name, contact information and a brief message about your team and a practitioner will contact you within one business day.
The High-Stakes Portrait
The purpose of this instrument is to help you better understand what raises the stakes for you, how you typically respond, and how you can more effectively manage yourself in those moments.
• Individual Instrument & User Report: The High Stakes Survey
• Changing Behavior in High Stakes: An Interactive Workbook