Test of Attention and Interpersonal Style (TAIS)
The TAIS has been used for almost three decades to help some of the top performers in the world fine tune their skills of focus, concentration and attention. In addition, it identifies aspects of interpersonal style to help both the individual and those who work with the individual – supervisors, coaches, colleagues, teammates and family members – know how best to work together for peak performance.
The TAIS is easily administered on-line and provides a detailed report identifying mental strengths, as well as a person’s most likely performance errors. It also provides specific suggestions for minimizing the likelihood of these errors.
Over 25 years of testing in athletics, the military and business has produced an astounding database to which a person can compare his or her mental skills: world record holders, tennis pros, professional golfers, first round draft picks, as well as Fortune 500 CEO’s and more. In recent years, Dr. Charlie Brown helped expand the TAIS database to include the mental skills and interpersonal style of effective surgeons.
Individual Zone of Optimal Functioning (IZOF)
Every person has a unique ideal “recipe” of emotions that comprise his or her ideal performance state. While an individual has an infinite number of emotions, there are 10-20 to which he or she tends to “tune in” and impact performance. Based on the work of Finnish sport psychologist Yuri Hanin, this instrument identifies those emotions that most impact performance and the ideal intensity of each to determine a person’s Individual Zone of Optimal Functioning (IZOF).
Think of the IZOF as being similar to the graphic equalizer of a high-end stereo system where certain sound ranges are adjusted for optimal enjoyment of music. Once we identify the optimal ranges of emotions for peak performance, we then develop specific strategies for fine-tuning those emotions at performance time.
Recovery-Stress Questionnaire for Athletes (REST-Q)
Every serious athlete walks a fine line between pushing the body to new limits and pushing too far where performance drops and injury often follows. US Olympic athletes have identified overtraining as a major factor when experiencing sub-par performance. Recent research suggests that it is not so much a problem of over-training, but under recovery . The REST-Q is a simple, convenient way for an athlete or coach to track that delicate balance between breaking the body down through training and increasing strength through recovery. Originally designed by German sport psychologists Michael Kellmann and Wolfgang Kallus, the REST-Q looks at the stress and recovery activities in all aspects of an athlete’s life. When a significant imbalance starts to appear, it pin points areas for restoring balance.
Monitoring stress and recovery puts an athlete at the cutting edge of techniques for sustaining peak performance.