why harrison assessments?

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The development tools of Harrison Assessments are based on a deep understanding of human resources and modern-day psychology. The PeakFocus team is a managing partner of Harrison Assessments and works to provide the most trusted and accurate professional and personal development tools in the industry. 
These powerful personal analysis reports and tools benefit every part of the professional process, from hiring and selecting talent to knowing your own unique behavioral traits and using that in-depth knowledge to evolve for greater success.

The Benefits of Harrison Assessments:   

  • For Companies — Get the right talent into the right roles for your company or organization, then keep that talent engaged and evolving (saving resources and solidifying your retention). Learn More
  • For Universities — Complement the formal education of your students with a turnkey solution that includes personalized assessments and coaching that have been proven to fuel self-confidence and lead to a fulfilling career (and life). Learn More
  • For Individuals — Achieve your personal and professional development goals, whether it's getting a new job despite today's ever-changing  world or wanting to understand your specific behavioral strengths to leverage them for a promotion or a career shift. Learn More
  • For Coaches/Consultants — Add an accredited and compelling professional development toolset to your coaching/consulting practice and watch your clients transform into thriving advocates. Learn More  
Join the vast community of professionals, students and coaches that use Harrison's award-winning, cloud-based technology, powerful personalized assessments and transformative teaching tools to keep evolving talents all over the globe.

harrison assessments are Backed by psychology

There are two foundational theories that support the Harrison Assessment: the enjoyment performance theory (focusing on behavioral preferences) and the paradox theory (focusing on interpersonal, achievement and leadership behaviors). 

The Enjoyment Performance Theory

The Enjoyment Performance Theory suggests that when we enjoy a task then we do it more often. When we do something repeatedly, we tend to get better at doing it through repetition—getting better, one usually receives positive recognition and feedback from others and ourselves for our success or progress. That positive external feedback or internal self-satisfaction increases our enjoyment of the behavior. The cycle then keeps repeating itself, increasing the strength of enjoyment and preference for the behavior. (And to some degree resulting in behavioral habits that we don’t realize are choices.)
This cycle also plays out for the tasks we don’t enjoy. We avoid, or procrastinate, on those behaviors we don’t enjoy so we usually don’t do them enough to get better or improve. Thus, the feedback (from self or others) may be negative, or at least less flattering, which decreases the enjoyment or preference for those behaviors. Over time, those behaviors become a very low preference or tendency—often they aren’t even on our "radar" as a behavior choice.

The Paradox Theory

The Paradox Theory is the second foundational theory that supports the Harrison Assessment. A paradox has two statements or beliefs that on the surface appear to be oppositional or contradictory that nevertheless are both true. Paradoxical traits are two traits that also seem oppositional but are in fact interdependent and synergistic. Having one and not the other is incomplete and predicts potential difficulties.
Dr. Harrison has identified 12 pairs of behavior traits that are paradoxical in nature. If only one of the traits of a paradox pair is strong, even the strong trait can become a weakness rather than a strength. Within each paradox, the degree of balance or out-of-balance can be very predictive and revealing about your behavior.

The Harrison Assessment

What is the Harrison Assessment?

Harrison Assessments has a proprietary, industry-leading SmartQuestionnaire™ that measures your exact personality traits and can provide personal analysis reports based on 175 modern-day workplace themes, enabling the most effective measurement of your leadership paradoxes, emotional intelligence level, personality traits, motivations, attitudes, passion for specific career paths, engagement, and more—all from one 20-minute questionnaire.

When applied to group data the SmartQuestionnaire can be used to analyze an organization's leadership capabilities, talent pipeline, potential talent retention rate, and can provide next steps for improving company engagement, leadership development and succession planning.


Why it's Such a SmartQuestionnaire:

  • Easily match the right people to the right roles
  • Boost and maintain employee engagement
  • Develop job-specific behavioral competencies
  • Accelerate professional development 
  • Enable managers to truly coach, engage and retain talent


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why trust harrison assessments?

The SmartQuestionnaire™ prevents deception because it contains only positive statements that are ranked according to what the individual enjoys the most. The built-in lie prevention system automatically detects even the slightest attempt to manipulate the results.


  • Test-Retest Reliability
  • Technical Consistency


  • Ranking
  • Preference Focus
  • Paradox Methodology
  • Technological Lie Detection


  • Content Validity
  • Construct Validity
  • Criterion-Related Validity


  • EEOC (US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) Compliant
  • ISO (International Organization for Standardization )10667 Compliant
  • Complies with all 13 requirements of OFCCP
  • Complies with EU GDPR Data Law Protection

Accreditation and Training

To ensure Harrison Assessments' customers and partners are maximizing their knowledge and use of our predictive talent analytics technology we offer in-depth training leading to certification. Customers can be assured that holders of the Harrison Assessments accreditation have been trained and have passed a stringent competency assessment.


We offer self-paced accreditation, in-person accreditation and virtual training options for your entire team. Connect with us today to determine which of our training options will best suit the needs of your organization. 

International Coaching Federation (ICF) CCE Accredited

Harrison Assessments accredited training is approved for Continuing Coaching Education credits for those who complete the training and pass the competency assessment. CCE credits only apply to existing ICF members.


Integration with HR Systems and Applicant Tracking Systems

Harrison has different integration API options depending upon the level of integration required and the type of system with which you wish to integrate. You can automatically request questionnaires and receive scores or reports in your HR or Applicant Tracking System. For further information please request our integration information package.

how to get started

Harrison offers various options to suit your unique needs. These include pay per assessment, monthly or annual fees for unlimited screening for unlimited jobs, and unlimited usage for employee development.

for teams or organizations (pay as you go)

Whether you are looking to acquire, develop, lead or engage your team — we're here to help. We offer a variety of cost-effective programs to assess your candidates and employees, assist you with on-boarding, development, engagement, retention and succession planning. Connect with us to get started and we'll help you predict success and inspire performance.

for organizations or universities - RUN YOUR OWN SYSTEM (pay as you go)

There is no charge to send out a questionnaire or to complete the assessment. We only charge when assessment results are generated. With a multitude of reports available to be generated from the one assessment, it's a cost and time effective way to assess candidates and employees. With the exception of only a few reports, there is a maximum charge for all the many types of assessments that can be generated. Our currency are called units, buy as many as you need, replenish as you need — they do not expire. We'll train you on how to administer the system, teach you how to gain the most from the results of the data and be here to help you along the way. Connect with us to get started. 

for hiring managers or organizations (unlimited for one month)

Choose a role that you're looking to fill and obtain one month's access to unlimited candidate screening for eligibility and suitability for only $1,000. This option includes a free Your Greatest Strengths Report with employer branding that you can give to each candidate upon completion of their SmartQuestionnaire™.

There's also a special offer for new customers that includes a free customized assessment (using the Job Success Formula) reviewed by one of our Expert Job Analysts. Connect with us to get started.

For organizations or universities (Annual Assessment Agreement)

Our Annual Assessment Agreements are custom tailored to your needs and usage of the Harrison Assessments' system. We'll maximize the value to your organization by offering unlimited use of the Employee Development, Succession Planning and Recruitment Modules (including all assessments, technology, and reports for a fixed monthly fee based on the number of employees or candidates being assessed.) Connect with us to get started.


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