Enhanced Performance Systems - ICCS

Flourish Collective Academy Assessment ICCS

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  Romans 12:3-8


At the heart of what the Apostle Paul is saying in the quotation from Romans is the fact that we are all, unique, and have been endowed with a wide variety of talents and abilities.  In addition, we are all confronted with two challenges.  The first consists of identifying and fully developing our particular gifts and talents.  The second involves finding ways of blending our gifts and talents with others so that we can be the instruments that God uses to restore His creation to the perfection He intended.


Although Paul listed a number of specific gifts like teaching, encouraging, serving, leading, showing mercy, and prophesying.  Let me suggest based on what we know today, about some of the biogenetic differences between people, that the list Paul provided is better thought of as a list of performance arenas, or a list of secondary callings.  Each of the gifts that Paul identified is made up of a unique combination of gifts or skills and abilities.  It is that combination of smaller gifts which suits us to, and calls us into, a particular performance arena. 


Paul’s list of gifts or performance arenas was never intended to be exhaustive.  Instead he provided a few examples as illustrations of what he was talking about.  In today’s world we can add literally thousands of examples of the kinds of performance arenas that we are called into.  You may feel called to be a cardiac surgeon, a homemaker, a gardener, an engineer, a computer programmer, a missionary, a pastor, an artist, a professional basketball player, etc.


You may be one of the lucky ones who have already found your vocational calling, as opposed to having a vocation.  The difference between the two is relatively simple.  If it’s just your vocation, it’s all about you and what you need to do to meet your own needs and perhaps those of your family.  If it’s your calling then it’s no longer about you and your needs.  Oh, it is very likely that your needs will be met (God has promised to provide), but you are not engaging in your vocation to meet your needs.  You are engaging in your vocation because it is what you were created to do, and as Eric Liddell the Scottish Missionary and Olympic champion in the 400 meters, who died in a Chinese Prison Camp in 1945 said, because you “feel God’s pleasure,” when you do it.


One of the things that we have learned over the past two thousand years is that there are a few key building blocks that help to determine the different kinds of performance arenas we are likely to be suited for.  The relative strengths of those building blocks differs from person to person thus predisposing to be able to perform will in some arenas but not so well in others.  Think of it as scientific confirmation of Paul’s statement that we have been given different gifts and talents.  The questionnaire that you are talking measures those “building blocks” of performance.  Your honest answers to those questions will provide information that can be used to help you identify some of the performance arenas you seem to be suited for.


If you already know you’re vocational calling that’s wonderful.  If that’s the case, you don’t need the answers to help you identify new performance arenas and/or to support the one that you already have.   Even so, you may find the assessment valuable because it is designed to do a lot more than just help identify the areas that you are likely to perform well in.


In addition to helping you discover some of your secondary callings, the Inventory of Concentration and Communication Skills (ICCS), has been designed to help you work more effectively as a member of “the body.”  That happens when you begin to see more clearly when your performance strengths become a weakness, interfering with your ability to communicate effectively with others, preventing you from playing off of and complementing each other’s strengths, so that you can accomplish God’s purpose. 


Finally, irrespective of the performance arena or secondary calling (e.g., spouse, parent, boss, employee, friend, etc.), the ability to communicate effectively is absolutely critical.  The ICCS will help you begin to recognize when fear, anxiety, anger, and pride are getting in your way early enough for you to do something about it.



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