How Forte Works Download the Forte Monograph 2012 (pdf)
The Forté primary profile (survey - takes just four minutes to complete)
is a genetic, or cradle-to-grave, profile that identifies an individual's
natural interpersonal communication style/strengths. From each individual's
primary profile Forté presents the environment each person needs
to be self-motivated, a self-starter, effective and productive. Learn each
person's top five self-motivators.
The Forté adapting profile (survey
- takes four minutes to complete) identifies how an individual has been
adapting to their environment over the past 30-day period. We learn from
experience, the Forté system
documents the learning experience for forward growth. Forté further
captures how an individual or team is adapting to a specific environment,
specific individual, or both. Through the Forté adapting update
system (survey - takes two minutes to complete), the respondent is
provided updates on how they are adapting their strengths plus their
current logic style, current stamina level and current goals index. These
strengths have a numeric value, as well, and may be tracked/charted over
an entire work or lifespan. Tracking the adapting updates is a continuous
process that is utilized in coaching for performance improvement.
In addition, with
each adapting update, the respondent is provided an updated Forté perceiver
profile; how that individual is most likely coming across to others
for the next 30 days. The perceiver profile includes up to four personalized
interpersonal communication strategies to most effectively communicate
their needs to others for the next 30 days.
Unique to the Forté system
is the ability to compare the intensity dimensions of the primary, adapting
and perceiver profiles to measure tendencies or trends toward high performance,
burn-out or rust-out . . . for both individuals and teams.
Individual Forté profile information is combined to develop Forté composite
team profiles for use by teams and other organizations seeking the enhancement
of interpersonal and team productivity. As with the individual, the team
composite profiles are updated every 30 days for measurement and growth
through the Forté Performance Coaching System.
The Forté System,
which is online, can profile all employees, spouses and other family
members of employees, potential hirees, and clients/customers. The Forté Institute
offers Forté System Orientation, Forté System
Certification I and II, and other training programs that includes:
Team Building (a four modular system)
1. Individual Strengths
2. Meeting the Team
3. Team Problem Solving
4. Team Empowerment
Communicating to Hire
A complete hiring system to improve retention and productivity by hiring
the right person the first time.
An efficient and effective method to coach any individual to higher
levels of performance by all coaches/managers at any level within
for retreats, offsites, etc.
The Forté system overlays many other
training processes or programs via institution of the Forté site
license. The Forté Interpersonal
Continuous Process Improvement Module and Forté Performance Coaching
Model details the system further.
What Your Organization Can Do Once
You Are a Forté User...
Once an individual or organization has empowered the Forté process
they are able to continuously enhance productivity via growth of the
interpersonal communication skills of all concerned. The Forté system
identifies individual leadership styles, provides interaction reports
between individuals to build relationships of trust . . . and through
adapting profile updates grow/maintain those relationships. The Forté system
is unique in that it provides a lifespan understanding of an individual
and/or team, as well as how they can successfully continue to adapt to
their life or work environment. Forté facilitates the learning
Our clients report many team building programs they have tried
failed because the focus was one or two team building sessions versus
the lifespan process Forté facilitates. Forté never leaves
the individual or team.
To further insure success, every 30 days the Forté Performance
Coaching Module develops specific recommendations for each teammate on
how to best adapt to top performance models developed by the client/team
utilizing their Forté system. The Forté Performance Coaching
System has the flexibility to shift the coaching recommendations instantly
as conditions warrant. Written suggestions are provided each teammate
and Forté Performance Coaching even provides written coaching
instructions for each coach to grow their skills as well.
The Forté system
is utilized globally. The ultimate goal of the Forté system is
to teach individuals and teams their strengths and then how they can
become empowered to manage interpersonal performance improvement levels
for themselves and the teams of which they are an important part.
A Short Course on Forte Communication Styles
While people are generally aware that they have communication strengths which
govern their everyday behavior or communication style, they are not aware that
these communication styles are well defined and produce specific and unique
An individual's communication style can be determined, shared and enhanced
through the use of the Forte Interpersonal Communication System.
In most profiles, a primary communication style strength will be evident,
which, depending upon the intensity of the strength, will control that individual's
attitude, action and responses 50% to 60% of the time.
The measurement of communication style strength intensity (the distance from
the graph's center line) will range from 0 to 36 above or below the center
line, a 72-point scale. The importance of this measurement will become
apparent as communication style categories are discussed below.
The following information will assist you in understanding the characteristics
of the four primary strengths listed. Keep in mind that these strengths
reflect how you think, understand, are self-motivated and relate and can come
across to others; thus, there is tremendous value in knowing your communication
style characteristics and the characteristics of others.
The Decision Style Strength
(Represented graphically as Dominant to Non-Dominant or Controlling to Cooperative)
The Dominant or controlling person is results-oriented and primarily concerned
with getting things done. Dominant people are hard-driving, to the point,
and dislike indecisiveness. They appear outwardly secure, and are innovative,
venturesome, ingenious, big-picture oriented, and sometimes abrasive. They
are trouble-shooters, decisive and risk-takers.
The Non-Dominant or cooperative person is characterized by a non-threatening
way of working with others. This person is not forcefully demanding. A
Non-Dominant person will seldom impose upon others, is mild-mannered, composed,
and often modest. They prefer direction.
The People Strength
(Represented graphically as Extroverted to Introverted or Outgoing to Reserved)
The Extrovert or outgoing person is people-oriented. Extroverts are friendly,
pleasant, persuasive, emphatic, enthusiastic, talkative, stimulating, motivating,
and optimistic. They are good mixers and good coordinators. The Extrovert likes
to be with and influence people. They are verbal.
Introverted or reserved people are selective in whom they place
their trust; they take greater care in protecting their private life and prefer
not to speak without weighing the potential consequences. They are creative
and have an individualistic side that can manifest itself in a vivid imagination
and the ability to think things through to a conclusion. They tend to be contemplative,
enjoy quiet, and do not need others around for self-fulfilling activities.
The Pace Strength
(Represented graphically as Patient to Impatient or Paced to Urgent)
The Patient or paced individual is relaxed, easygoing, steady, amiable, warm,
dependent, sincere, likable, and a good listener. The paced person likes peace
and harmony, likes to be cooperative, likes to save time, and likes time to
adjust to changes.
The Impatient or urgent person is action-oriented and does not tolerate delays
for extended periods of time. This person often has to do things twice for
lack of adequate planning. Impatient people have a strong sense of urgency,
both for themselves and for those around them. It is important for these individuals
to keep busy and have others respond quickly to them. They learn quickly and
prefer variety as opposed to a single area of concentration. Their sense of
urgency often drives them to seek out new, exciting situations which offer
them a change of pace.
The Systems Strength
(Represented graphically as Conformist to Non-Conformist or Systematic to
The Conformist or systematic person, depending upon environment and experience,
will be careful, accurate, precise, thorough, skillful, dependable, meticulous,
conservative, prudent, anxiety-prone, worrisome, sensitive to criticism, and
a perfectionist. Liking details and systems, this person prefers to work systematically,
wants outcomes to be "right," and wants to be fair.
The Non-Conformist or independent person is characterized by a generalist
orientation to life. This person often shows a rather independent attitude,
with a tendency to avoid detail work. These individuals usually are uninhibited,
candid, and relate well to activities that take them out of ordinary or prescribed
situations. These individuals want freedom and minimal controls, both in work
and personal relationships. They can be resistant to controls and will tend
While there are over 250,000 possible strength combinations that can be generated
by the Forte system, The Forte Institute provides much more than the basic
Communication Style Profiles. The Forte system measures how one is adapting
to their environment, their logic style, and stamina level; the Forte system
can create top-performer profiles for any job position; it can build model
profiles and design interaction strategies between individuals, pinpointing
areas of potential conflict. The Forte system is the ideal team-development
tool that will enhance understanding and communication among team members.
The Forte system is quick, easy to understand, and extremely accurate in its
analysis. And, of great importance to your budget, Forte is very cost-effective.