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The iWAM instrument was developed by Belgian cognitive scientist and NLP Trainer, Patrick Merlevede in 2000 and is the result of recent evolutions in cognitive science research. iWAM measures and describes 48 motivations and attitudes that impact on a person’s performance at work.

The Inventory for Work Attitude & Motivation (iWAM) is a questionnaire used for job-related activities, such as recruitment, coaching, and training projects. It is based on metaprograms, a model of cognitive thinking styles (48 parameters are measured and explained).

The iWAM Management Report identifies a person’s motivational and attitude preferences in the job context and predicts how this person will behave in various job types, such as administrative, customer contact or managerial tasks.

The iWAM predicts key motivational preferences and development areas using metaprograms data.

What are Metaprograms and why are they important?

Metaprograms are the series of mental filters which determine how one behaves based on how one thinks and what one pays attention to during observation.

For instance: Do you focus on the information or on people? Do you like to look at the big picture or are you a detail-minded person?

Think of it like the wiring in your brain.

Every person is wired a little differently, and this affects the way and what they see and act in the world.

Understanding how people are wired can have profitable rewards in self-knowledge.

[Note the excellent clue about the PSA here!]

Among other things, metaprograms can be used to determine whether a person will be motivated by certain jobs, environments, or input.

This is the reason that measuring metaprograms can be useful during recruitment, coaching and training people.

As well as designing an ideal approach to humaning!


PS: Metaprograms we’re first enumerated in Neurolinguistic Programming in the 1970s.

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Mike R. Jay

Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting, coaching, mentoring, and trusted advice emergent from dynamic inquiry as a means to cue, scaffold, support, lift, and protect; offering inspiration to aspiring leaders who are interested in humaning where being, doing, having, becoming, contributing, protecting, and letting go help people have generative lives.

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