What do the McQuaig Psychometric System and Socrates have in common?

What do the McQuaig Psychometric System and Socrates have in common?

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The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is believed (perhaps together with Plato and Aristotle) to have laid the foundations of Western philosophy. He was famous for facilitating his discussion partners with his innovative and unique ‘Socratic method’ to seek ‘self-knowledge’.

It is now accepted that self-awareness is the foundation for achieving higher levels of performance.


The McQuaig Psychometric System is a powerful ‘modern’ tool.  It enables professionals around the world to gain more and better self-awareness.  Users discover their strengths and their potential limitations.  They learn how to be more successful by optimising their strengths and by avoiding the pitfalls which might limit their success.

‘Know Thyself’

The McQuaig Self-Development Survey Report and the McQuaig Word Survey help you identify your strengths and become aware of weaknesses that decrease your effectiveness. This knowledge enables you to improve your performance, increase your job satisfaction and achieve greater success.

The significance of self-knowledge was recognised long ago in ancient Greece, as recorded in the famous dialogue between Socrates and his friend Euthydemus.

Socrates: Indeed, Euthydemus. And do you think that people may choose more wisely when they understand their own strengths and weaknesses?

Click here for Socrates’ dialogue with his friend Euthydemus

What can we learn from Socrates and Euthydemus?

  1. Success in any job role or profession requires self-awareness in first place. We need to know our strengths and our potential limitations in order to be successful.
  2. We need to know the real behavioural requirements of any job role in order to plan our way to success.
  3. Often, we tend to wonder why other people in our organisation or team do not perform as well as we want them to and we build a false picture of the root causes of their behaviours and/or about their intentions.

How can the McQuaig Psychometric System help us?

  1. We can increase our self-awareness. Thus we discover our strengths and our potential limitations (depending on our challenges).
  2. We can define the behavioural requirements of any job role and compare them with our strengths.  We also learn how to optimise our strengths and avoid those pitfalls which might limit our success.
  3. We can help our people improve their performance by playing to their strengths and coach them effectively.

Nowadays we do not need an Oracle. The McQuaig Psychometric System gives us all the information we need to become more conscious in making decisions which affect our performance and success in the long run.

In working with many successful people over the years, I’ve learned that understanding your own strengths and weaknesses is more important to career success than education, intelligence or charisma. Successful people know themselves and consciously play to their strengths. The good news is that we can all learn to do this.

Jack H. McQuaig,
Founder, The McQuaig Institute®

Ioannis Gousgounis self-awarenessAbout the author: Ioannis Gousgounis is the owner and founder of SUCCESSKeysGR. Ioannis is an Accredited McQuaig Interpreter, a Certified McQuaig Psychometric System Trainer and a Consulting Partner to Holst (European Distributor of the McQuaig Psychometric System) covering Greece and Cyprus.

To contact Ioannis email info@success-keys.gr (attn: IG) or call on +30 6944141114

To find out more about the McQuaig Psychometric System in the UK visit  www.mcquaig.co.uk  or call 0203 111 9292.