Birkman Booster

Carol BucknerBirkman InternationalThe best thing about this session right off the bat is that the attendees from this session will walk away with a new Needs at a Glance, which is now called the Component Atlas. Social Energy (prev. Acceptance)

  • Represents preferences for group and team participation.
  • High scores – magnitude of social energy
  • Low scores – tend to conserve social energy
  • Needs – how we recharge our social energy (being around people or being alone)
  • Analogy: At a conference by yourself, do you feel comfortable going up to people and talking to them, or keep to yourself?
  • Norm: High (usual), low (need)
  • Reversal: Low (usual), high (need), low (stress)

Physical Energy (prev. Activity)

  • Represents preference for pace of action and physical expression of energy
  • High scores – appear physically active and busy
  • Low scores – can still be active, though they will seem less physically active and more thoughtful/reflective
  • Higher Thought can result in lower Physical Energy

Emotional Energy (prev. Empathy)

  • Represents openness and comfort with expressing emotion
  • Low scores – tend to regulate emotions
  • High scores – more expressive of emotions (positive & negative)
  • Physical energy and emotional energy are negatively correlated

Self-consciousness (prev. Esteem)

  • Use of sensitivitiy when communicating with others
  • High scores – think “what should I be saying? how will what I say be interpreted?”
  • Could also be considered “consciousness” because it takes into consideration how others will feel based on what you say.
  • High usual takes the scenic route, while low usual wants the most direct route.
  • High needs – wants others to pay attention to phrasing before speaking.
  • High (usual) – tactful / guarded with communication
  • Low (usual) – don’t worry about what they are saying.
  • Norm – low (usual), high (need)
  • Reversal – high, low, high

Assertiveness (prev. Authority)

  • Tendency to speak up and express opinions openly and forcefully.
  • Think of verbal dominance
  • How inclined somene is to speak up, disagree, or share their opinion
  • High scores – skill comes naturally and easily
  • Needs – what we expect from other people (high = vocal and assertive, or low = if we expect them to be suggestive/agreeable)
  • Reversal = high, low, high

Insistence (prev. Structure)

  • Approach to details, structure, follow-through, and routine
  • Original name choosen by Dr. Birkman


  • Drive for personal rewards or group rewards
  • Low scores (usual) – group rewards
  • High scores (usual) – individual scores

Restlessness (prev. Change)

  • Preference to focus attention or change focus and seek varied activity
  • Person’s ability and preference to focus on a task before finishing another one.


  • Decision making process and concern for consequences in making the right decision

Overall – Not a bad session. I wish there was more time spent on the last 3-4 components so that I could get a better understanding of them. But the time spent on the first 1/2 of the components was really good. I haven’t had a chance to flip through the Components Atlas but the fact that they redid it was good.

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