A More Efficient Talent Selection Process

The following is an excerpt from essay, “The Story of PCM” by Taibi Kahler.

“I had been hired by Dr. Terry McGuire, NASA’s Lead Psychiatrist for Manned Spaceflight [1959-1996] in charge of selection and crew management, to work with him in choosing astronauts.

As Terry would kindly state in the foreword to the reference manual of Insight (Three- Sixty Pacific, 1992), “Dr. Kahler was invited to participate with me as a consultant in a selection cycle. As I conversed with the individual applicants, Dr, Kahler sat quietly and listened, only rarely asking a pertinent question. Ten to fifteen minutes into each two hour interview, he would make a few notes on a piece of paper and place it on the floor. When each interview was concluded, we would share our findings. To my amazement, he had been able to extract and commit to paper at least an equal amount of meaningful data about the applicant’s personality structure in a fraction of the time it had taken me. My response was, ‘I must learn how he does that.’ Thus began a long and very satisfying personal and professional relationship that continues to grow and be enriched with the passage of time.”

Hundreds of the best of the best were being interviewed, but we needed a more efficient selection process. … It was to be the birth of the Personality Pattern Inventory (PPI) (Kahler, 1982b).”

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