The good ol’ days

There was a time, a few centuries ago, when aged 14 you’d be apprenticed off to some artisan for 8 years. You’d live in their house, and eat at their table, and you’d have a heck of a time not getting to know them.

About a century ago, by pulling a few strings, you’d have gotten a job somewhere, and most likely stayed there until you dropped dead at your desk, quill in hand, 30 years later, of gangrenous rickets, aggravated by scurvy of the gout. Alright, alright, I’m not a medical professional, but you get the picture.

Back in the ‘80s you’d have popped out for a fag break every hour, and flirtily asked each other for lights, and thus started getting to know the people you worked with. Not to mention pints after work at the local boozer (sherry for ‘er, mate).

Nowadays it’s… not all that easy.

The usual suspects

So how do people do it today? We’ve got the usual suspects, of course - ‘personality’ assessments, based on 1950s theories of personality. By answering a bunch of similar-but-different questions, they diagnose what personality type you have. For the individuals diagnosed, it can feel pleasant at first – you feel like someone knows you. But that fades as it becomes clear they’ve just been labelled and put in a box, with no guidance on what next.

As an HR professional, how do the results of those tests really help you do your job?

Do they give you real data about each individual you’re tasked with developing? Do they give you a comprehensive understanding of your team members? 

Or do they just arbitrarily categorise your people?

Wouldn’t you really want something that allows you to build meaningful connections with your employees, and empowers you to take action?

How about an eight-week experience that unlocks the potential of Character development, offering unique human-focused insights?

The 180 self-assessment

Entelechy’s Discover solution kicks off with a 180 self-assessment, encouraging employees to reflect on their strengths and growth opportunities. As well as developing their self-awareness, it's also an hour of accredited CPD. Show your team you value their growth, and save those pounds that hiring new blood sucks away.

The 360 feedback assessment

Discover's 360-degree feedback system brings in insights from colleagues, friends, and family, giving employees a fresh perspective on their Character. It's like having their inner circle whispering secrets to help them grow.Specifically for the HR professionals, it can help identify talents you never knew existed within your teams.

The company 180

But Discover doesn't stop at individuals. It dives into the heart of your organisation with Company 180 and Company Aspiration. Compare leadership's vision with employees' dreams for the company; align values; and build a stronger company together. And in further good news for the HR people, this alignment along shared values and improved company reputation can lead to increased retention.

The Character Key and Character Kaleidoscope Dashboards

Unlocking these insights isn't just data dumping; it's empowerment. The Character Key report visualises it all for each individual, empowering them to take responsibility for their improvement.

The Character Kaleidoscope, built on millions of data points, ties it together into a dashboard, for a company-wide view. HR professionals can drill down from company to employee, to generate an individual growth plan for every employee, and uncover hidden leaders within the organisation.

Skip the fag break, try Discover

You could revert to gossip during fag breaks, or a round of sherries in the pub. Or you could embark on a quest with Entelechy's Discover. It's not just about understanding your people; it's about empowering them to soar.


In a nutshell, Discover helps you:

  • Stoke self-awareness among your team.
  • Spot hidden talents.
  • Bridge the gap between suits and staff.
  • Forge a united vision.
  • Hand the reins of growth to your employees.
  • Unearth hidden leaders.


So, how do you get to know your people? Discover has the answers, minus the gangrenous rickets.