Your perceptions influence everything you do. When you have a proper perspective on them, you may be surprised at how things fall into place. So said Dr. Roger W. Birkman, a pioneer in workplace psychology, as he began to craft one of the most sophisticated measures of employee needs and interests. Today, the Birkman Method is the only assessment tool that moves beyond self-described behavior and situational analysis to reveal the incentives that drive and inspire. The evaluation begins with a personality assessment that offers a layered profile of interests and needs. It goes further to highlight relationship with authority, response to incentives, and ability to deal with change. It flags stresses that can derail competent professionals. The test puts these aspects into the context of how a person sees the world. Individual profiles are so profound that those who have taken the test years apart get near-identical results. Unlike snapshots, the Birkman unravels the DNA of workplace satisfaction and accomplishment. And like DNA assessments, its strength is in its 3 million-person database. The Birkman Method can help people launch new careers. On the job, it offers invaluable insight into reducing conflict and improving relationships. It helps solve problems, such as “I like my job and my colleagues, so why do I feel people pulling away?” For a manager, it can answer why a well-crafted team can’t seem to get along and get a job done. The result is a handbook to more-inspiring leadership, better team harmony, and higher individual achievement. Birkman offers a free online assessment with the book. The Birkman starts with a broad framework of preferred work style and adds layers of understanding with a plain-English report.