So, What is The Highlands Program?
Not so long ago, if you were planning a car trip, you would
call "triple A" and secure a trip tic. The trip tic
was an invaluable tool that helped you along your journey.
It told you which routes you could take if you wanted a leisurely
ride through the scenic routes or it could provide you with
the most expeditious route to your destination. In
addition, it showed you where the construction sites might
occur and gave you options for avoiding obstacles. They
even provided you with warnings regarding speed traps, and
it broke the journey down into digestible pieces, telling
you how long each segment would take. It wasn't that
you couldn't get where you were going without the trip tic,
but the trip tic sure made the navigation a lot more predictable
and efficient. In today's age, we have access to other
tools such as Mapquest and even Onstar where you can
get immediate feedback that helps direct you to your course
and keeps you on track!
The Highlands Abilities Battery is the
equivalent to your trip tic when it comes to decisions about
your life's work and how to guide yourself through career
making decisions. No, it does not tell you whether
you should be a doctor, lawyer or candle stick maker, however,
it does provide some general guidelines that makes the overwhelming
prospect of guiding yourself to your life's work a little
If we accept the fact that everyone is unique and
that abilities are innate, when we measure
these abilities, as best they can be measured, we have a
much greater sense of trying to match our abilities
to environments that value those talents. Clearly,
this is not an easy process, and simply taking an assessment
will not answer all the questions, however, it generates
a lot of thinking and creates a blueprint, not unlike our
trip tic for a more successful selection of a trajectory
that will work for one's unique being!
Through an understanding of our abilities, here is what
we do learn:
- Am I a Generalist or Specialist or a Combination of the
- Am I an Introvert or an Extrovert or a Combination of
- What careers lend themselves to Generalists who are Introverts,
Generalists who are Extraverts, Specialists who are Introverts,
Specialists who are Extraverts?
- What is my general sense of looking at Time Frame as
I look into the future? Am I more focused on the
present or long term strategy?
- What are my Driving Abilities? Those abilities
that I possess that if not enacted upon will create frustration
in my work?
- What are my most prevalent learning styles? How
do I most easily access information?
- What are my most prevalent styles of communication?
What kinds of audiences do I need or choose to avoid?
- What are the abilities that I most readily use to solve
problems and what work environments most readily lend themselves
to my problem solving style?
- Are there work environment that would be more conducive
to my prospering? Are there work environments in which
I will fail to thrive? Is it important for me to
know where I need to place myself?
By going through the The Highlands Abilities Battery,
the gold standard for measuring abilities and aptitude, one
begins to be able to answer these questions. We look
at abilities as the core element in the evaluation
of self understanding, then, we add seven more dimensions
as part of The Whole Person Technology™ which
characterizes The Highlands Program in its entirety:
- Skills - how are they developed on the
foundation of abilities? How do they develop in
compensatory ways when abilities may not be present?
- Interests - what are the things that
really get you juiced, fluff your socks and are intriguing
- Personal Style - what are the elements
of personality that contribute to how I filter my perceptions
and view my world?
- Family of Origin - what is the impact
of the models that my family provides for me and how does
that impact my perception of career choices?
- Values - how do I prioritize the things
that are of importance to me? How do I look at the
purpose of my life?
- Goals - what is my tendency to establish
visions and develop steps to get to where I want to go?
- Career Development Cycle - am
I a student who isn't sure of a college major; a young
person who is not sure of my initial career selection;
in mid career wondering what else can I do with my life;
getting ready to retire and thinking about what I'd like
to do differently with the rest of my life? All of these
people are at developmental life stages where the Program can
help them sort through some of these perplexing issues.
As a site director for The Highlands Program ,
I am licensed to provide the Battery and the Program to my
clients. I am also a certified graduate of the Career
Coach Institute and Coach U.
Together we can use the information from the assessment
and employ a coaching program that can help you define, explore
and move in the direction which suits you and helps define
ways for you to express you life purpose. This may be the
most important journey of your life, considering the tools
that can augment the trip seems to be essential to getting
where you want to go. There's an old adage, "if you
don't know where you're going, any road will do." These
tools are not a panacea, however, they are a means for defining
the road that may be most appropriate for you.