The NOVA Profile
The NOVA Profile is a comprehensive psychometric self-awareness tool that provides information about behaviours, skills, different psychological characteristics, and personal motivations. The tool helps an individual awaken to their ‘natural style’ – the unconscious and preferred style – and their ‘adapted style’ – the style that people tend to show as they react to their environment. Understanding these two styles allows a person to ‘see themselves’ as they are and appreciate their strengths and limitations in a supportive and non-judgmental way.
How does the NOVA Profile work?
The process is a simple one. Sport leaders take a 15-20 minute survey and their responses are tabulated through the Swiss Nova software. A certified NOVA consultant (such as the SLSG’s Dina Bell-Laroche) reviews the assessment and shares the profile with the client in a 90 minute debriefing session.
Individuals often attest to quite a few ‘ah ha’ moments as they deepen their own understanding of self. Dina is also an Integral Master CoachTM which helps her apply additional lenses to the results and help the individual understand their assessment.
How can the NOVA Profile assessments be used?
Some applications of the tool include:
- Individual personal development projects
- System-wide cultural transformation projects
- By administrators to build stronger teams
- By hiring committees when comparing possible candidates
- By Boards to enable better dialogue
- By any individual looking for personal growth
- By sport teams looking to increase collaboration and appreciation for diversity of perspective.
When combined with a personal and/or team professional coaching session, the tool becomes a supportive means of enhancing communications and increasing shared appreciation for each other’s unique ways of contributing to the organization’s mission. The beauty of this kind of tool is that it can offer an objective way of increasing your knowledge of different ways to view the world, which during times of stress, can lead to conflict.
During high pressure environments like international Games, hosting events, or while managing a crisis, wouldn’t it be useful to be forearmed with a deeper understanding of self, one’s limitations under stress, and an increased appreciation for how others might respond?