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Fully Customized Multi-Rater Surveys

VDS has extensive experience developing customized multi-rater (360 degree) survey instruments. We offer several different types of question and reporting styles including means-based and ipsative arrays, with or without importance ratings. We offer open-ended, verbatim style questions as well as traditional frequency and extent style questions. Our full-color graphic and tabular reports provide clear and concise feedback.

Clients who need assistance developing their own survey instruments can use the VDS proprietary Question Bank, a database that houses questions used in previous surveys, or they can draw on the experience of one or more of the consulting firms that have strategic alliances with VDS.

VDS also offers a wide range of pre-specified instruments appropriate for a variety of contexts.

The Vector Professional Manager Development Survey (PMDS)

The Vector PMDS has been used effectively by the Vector Group, for many years in projects with companies of all sizes seeking to develop their most valuable resources: their people. VDS supports the use of PMDS with a fully developed course curriculum that clients can use alone or in conjunction with their own program material and ratee workbooks. This ready-to-use multi-rater survey is designed generally enough to be highly effective in nearly all circumstances, yet focused enough to measure accurately.

Leadership Compass

The Leadership Compass Inventory, developed with Dr. Michael Fenlon, Associate Dean and Professor at Columbia Business School, is a 65-item, multi-rater (360-degree) instrument that serves as an assessment and action-planning tool for executives and managers. A distinctive feature of this instrument is its comprehensive design, providing insight about overall effectiveness and detailed feedback data on areas ranging from key organizational leadership practices to the interpersonal and personal competencies that reflect emotional intelligence (EQ).

Employee Satisfaction Surveys

Internal customers are an important constituency for a company’s success. Through the use of instruments like the Team Climate Survey and the Term Performance Survey, VDS has helped many clients assess employee satisfaction. Internal customers are an important constituency for a company’s success. Through the use of instruments like the Team Climate Survey and the Term Performance Survey, VDS has helped many clients assess employee satisfaction.

Team Climate Survey
VDS offers its clients the CDR International Team Climate Survey, an instrument that diagnoses the critical elements of a winning team, focusing on the areas of Direction, Recognition, Involvement, Meaningful Work, Excellence, Trust, Support, and Cross-Organizational Relationships.

Team Performance Survey
The Team Performance Survey was developed by Saletta Boni, Ph.D. and Michael J. Fenlon, Ph.D., who are both members of the faculty at the Columbia Business School, and has been used very successfully in the Columbia Business School Executive Education program. The Team Performance Survey is a multi-rater survey that evaluates how a team's leader and its members, as well as non-team members, view the team’s organizational environment, purpose, team climate, leadership, and results.

The Kiefaber Paradigm Preference Survey (KP2)

The Kiefaber Paradigm Preference Indicator (KP2) was developed by renowned management consultant, Mark Kiefaber, a noted management consultant and Co-Faculty Director of Columbia University’s Senior Executive Program. The Kiefaber Paradigm Preference Indicator is an instrument that reveals one’s own creative problem solving style. It measures the extent to which individuals solve problems inside versus outside an accepted framework and seek to implement problem-solving ideas in either a patient or impatient way. The test not only provides insight into individual preferences, but also provides a basis for understanding that can lead to greater group effectiveness.

The VDS Method

We work closely with our clients in every aspect of the planning, design, data gathering, and interpretation requirements relating to their project to ensure that the instruments they use bring them the results they want.

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