online test talent management

"A unique test to discover your professional drives
and compare them with others."


Companies and organizations have an increasing interest in the ‘appreciative approach’. Contrary to popular existing HR-systems such as performance management and competence management the ‘appreciative approach’ is much more focused on identifying and making good use of the existing strengths, qualities and talents of the employees.

The appreciative approach doesn’t take the company or organization as the starting point, it starts with the individual employee. Which talents do you have as an individual and how can we exert these to make our organization successful ? What a change !
A structural approach to this is what we call ‘talent management’. ‘Talent management’ is complementary to competence management. It is not its replacement.

What is real life practice showing us ? Apparently it’s not that hard to manage talents. The tough part is to discover the existing talents. What makes it that hard ? Very often employees themselves are not aware about their own talents, and talents can’t be detected as such by others (the direct team leader for example) simply through observation.

Talent = passion + aptitude    (passion combined with aptitude)

You are passionate about something when you have a significantly stronger motivation for it than the ‘average’ person. Having a talent for something means therefore that you really desire to do it and  have a strong drive for it.

You have an aptitude for something, when this appeals to your preferred ways of working. A preferred way of working is a way of working that is easier and smoother for you than another way of working. You can have, for example, a preference for ‘abstract thinking’ or conversely, a preference for ‘concrete thinking’. Having a talent for something implies that you have an aptitude for it.

Thus a combination of a ‘passion to steer’ and an aptitude for ‘abstract thinking’ constitutes a talent for ‘steering on an abstract level’.

A combination of a ‘passion to understand’ and an aptitude for ‘concrete thinking’ constitutes a talent for ‘learning by doing’.

You will have to know your passions and aptitudes to discover your talents.

The NWS-test allows you to determine the strength of your drives. Each time your drive distinguishes you from the ‘average’ person (i.e. 80% of the people have a weaker [or stronger] drive than you) we call it a passion.

To determine your aptitude, we advise you to work with our MCS-test (My Cognitive Styles test). Inspired by the research of the Vlerick Gent Leuven Management School on cognitive styles with professionals, the MCS-test determines your preferences for taking in and processing information. This is the basis of your aptitude.

Do you want to know more about how to discover your talents and how the NWS-test and MCS-test can help you with that? Read further on or contact us. The tests you will find on and