The Ontology of Value®: Discovering Your Source of Value for the Society and Working Environment That Naturally Fit You (ODYSSEY) Test was based on strong methodological grounds. It is rooted in Alfred Adler’s school of psychology. Its central concept is that we all have a strong inner motivation to build value for others and prove ourselves to the world — in our own, individual ways.
Following this concept, we found a method for building your individual profile as a natural value-provider. Discovering your profile can have a tremendous effect on your career dynamics, as it will help you find your edge in the job market and excel.
THE TEST IS BASED ON FOUR FUNDAMENTS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY
MODEL DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION
Creating the testing set
After two years of field research, we developed a set of 140 questions covering all areas of professional life and tailored them for white-collar professionals working in today’s job market.
Collecting the data from a large group of professionals developing careers in 14 countries and representing all market sectors.
Data analysis and development of the model
We used psychometrics to analyze the results and craft the final list of 128 questions (reduced to 96 questions in the “Student” version of the test).
We validated the final version of the test on a large group of professionals developing careers in 14 countries and representing all market sectors.
Based on this data, we used machine learning to develop the final set of model parameters and we standardized the results.
Building the test
We built our test in a user-friendly way that allows the user to view their results in a way that gives the most useful information and advice.
THE MODEL OUTPUT
YOUR INDIVIDUAL PROFILE AS A VALUE-CREATOR FOR THE SOCIETY
a.k.a. Hipster, Visionary, Designer, Inventor, Innovator
a.k.a. Hacker, Developer, Expert, Problem-solver, Engineer
A professional whose biggest drive is tackling specific, specialistic problems. A specialist’s ambition is becoming an expert or the to-go-to-person in a certain domain. Specialists can independently come up with new solutions, i.e., hack problems. They find utter joy in finding geeky tricks to solve the issues encountered by their colleagues and astonishing people in their environment by making unexpected fixes to everyday problems.
a.k.a. Hustler, Communicator, Deal-maker, Community-builder, Connector
A communicator and a deal-maker whose biggest drive is growing projects and building impact by developing and managing communities, finding collaborators and followers. The term “linchpin” means the central, pivotal piece of a wheel. Linchpins are, indeed, the hearts of their communities. They have strong interpersonal skills, are empathic, and easily take other people’s perspectives. They enjoy expanding projects by increasing the outreach and finding potential new clients or beneficiaries of the organizations that they represent. Linchpins love people! They are usually well-connected and gifted with the ability to find the right people at the right time.
a.k.a. Executive, Leader, Principal
An individual whose biggest passion is managing a functional team and steering it in a way to reach the chosen goals. Managers feel the happiest when they can orchestrate a group of people to reach their targets efficiently and in a friendly, collaborative atmosphere. They are good at finding synergies between people and putting the team members in the right roles. However, managers also take an individual approach to optimally motivate every team member.
a.k.a. Role-model, Performer, High-flyer, Go-getter
Loves to compete and win. Achiever’s biggest drive is to become the leader in some disciplines and serve as a role model to others. Some achievers (e.g., Olympians) aim to become world-renowned professionals in their field and inspire young people around the globe. Other achievers don’t seek public attention, but rather, prefer to be recognized in a narrow, specialistic field. In either case, achievers have the ambition to get to some level of measurable success and influence others in a positive way.
a.k.a. Mentor, Helper, Guardian, Protector, Supporter
An individual whose biggest drive is to help other people directly. Most missionaries have a strong personal sense of mission (as the name suggests!) and are eager to compromise on their level of comfort or sacrifice a large portion of their free time to serve others. Missionaries feel the happiest when they see the smile on the face of the person whom they have just helped. They highly value non-material qualities at work, such as integrity, equality, and diversity.
a.k.a. Workplace-Architect, Logistician, Coordinator, Planner, Trustee
Prefers to create an infrastructure for others so that they can accomplish their projects and build their careers. Contributors usually avoid the spotlight—they prefer to work from behind the scenes. They care about creating a friendly atmosphere at work and are masters of multitasking. Contributors feel the happiest when they observe that their working environment develops in harmony, and when they live a balanced lifestyle. They enjoy hearing that it feels great working with them and that their contribution matters.
a.k.a. Capitalist, Financial Libertarian, Patron, Philanthropist
Aims to achieve full financial freedom and only focus on doing projects out of interest rather than out of need. Investors don’t search for fame and recognition for what they do. They prefer to build their wealth in silence and live a peaceful life so that they can enjoy a high degree of personal freedom and cherry-pick projects that are most exciting to them. They are also eager to support budding projects with their know-how and financial resources.