Self-Awareness Without Borders - TTI South Africa
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Self-Awareness Without Borders

Self-Awareness Without Borders

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According to Harvard Business Review writer Anthony K. Tjan, “…there is one quality that trumps all, evident in virtually every great entrepreneur, manager & leader. That quality is self-awareness…”.

With the use of TTI’s Talent Insights assessments, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or ‘Doctors Without Borders’ employees in South Africa were able to get a better understanding of behaviours & driving forces which has now empowered them to ‘recognize perceptions’ whilst increasing their ability to ‘mediate better’ between each other.

Who is MSF?

MSF is a non-governmental organization that holds a ‘Nobel Peace Prize laureate’. It is known for providing worldwide “help where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters & exclusion from healthcare”. Their work in & around South Africa speaks volumes on its own & has left an indefinite mark on the face of Africa. For TTI Success Insights South Africa, the chance to flex our human behavioural science muscles to help the MSF team also gave us a platform to contribute towards our #100k Lives CSI initiative.

What did we do?

Sessions were conducted over two days amongst 26 MSF employees which were facilitated by one of our VAA’s in South Africa; Aishling Inwani. She donated her time and TTI Success Insights South Africa, came through and donated the assessments. This was part of Aishling’s giving back and for TTI, it was part the touch #100k Lives global initiative.


The main goal of the session was to reveal how the MSF team could get more work done together & become more self-aware. To reach this goal, a report for each individual was processed to better explain the how & the why behind their actions.

Aishling’s presentations dove into the many levels of DISC, including what you should say & not say when communicating with one another. Together with the 12 Driving Forces the team was able to understand how & why individuals in the team behave in a certain way at work & what drives their actions. This gave the team the, “ability to restructure work & communication in ways that best suit the team” as pointed out by MSF employee; Sbu Maseko.

All in all, the sessions were received positively as explained by MSF employee; Brett Sandler, who found the whole process “interesting to note the difference between natural & adaptive traits” whilst gaining a better understanding of the “strengths and weaknesses” of his colleagues.

“interesting to note the difference between natural & adaptive traits”

Brett Sandler, MSF

What was the  result?

Through the Talent Insights assessment, the MSF team has now seen the importance of being aware of peoples’ personality types, how to react to different situations and how to communicate effectively as a team. This is the result of the combination of behaviours & driving forces which is an extremely useful tool in understanding one’s self & building meaningful relationships.


Lives Touched: 26