First hand client accounts of impact achieved.
We engaged with Mantis at the outset of designing a new, strategic development programme for senior leaders. Sophie and her team have designed and delivered an assessment approach, providing delegates with excellent individual feedback and analysis, as well as providing valuable direction to the overall programme. They have worked with us across several locations and professions, working flexibly to help us achieve challenging timescales. All members of her team have succeeded in helping delegates to help them gain better personal insight to inform their future career plans, and enable the business to develop a more robust talent pipeline.
COO FTSE 100 organisation
I first met Sophie as part of the on-boarding process for my current role. Sophie is so clearly qualified in her field and provides a great service in helping understand your style, strengths and development needs as they relate to undertaking a senior leadership/management role. She utilises various “scored” exercises where it makes sense to do so but without sacrificing the inherent “personal” conversation/interview demands which are vital to making such engagements relevant and meaningful for the client (this is so not just a case of filling in a psychometric multiple choice!). The follow up that Sophie provided demonstrated a keen commitment to providing the best for the client, including meaningful and actionable guidance. I found the whole exercise rewarding and valuable.
I have undertaken a number of different psychometric tests and other leadership exercises throughout my career (of varying quality and value) and I have no hesitation in recommending Sophie whether to examine candidates for potential leadership roles or to help yourself “fine tune” your own skills and capabilities.
Deputy General Counsel, Global Bank
Sophie has become a trusted partner over the past year. Her insight, integrity and ability to hold her own in a business that moves fast and can be dismissive is impressive. I’m fussy who I work with but in my opinion Sophie is an excellent professional who quickly distinguishes between leaders even when they would prefer she didn’t!! She then works hard at presenting her insights in a way that adds value to individual and organisation. She maintains the integrity of the process whilst being creative and pragmatic, quite a tension in our business. Thoroughly trusted, super smart and good fun … Its been a pleasure to work together.
HRD EMEA, Digital Media
We have used Mantis for Executive assessments on many occasions. The formal forensic reports are useful and informative and certainly flag up issues which can then be further pursued. It has also been very helpful as we have worked more frequently with Sophie to have her insight as to the issues we should consider as she has become more informed about our culture and our business. Equally, we have benefitted greatly from Sophie’s more informal view as to the appropriateness or otherwise of taking forward particular candidates.
Chairman, Top 10 International Law Firm
I was both sceptical and a little scared when I was informed … I was to meet an external psychologist… “Old dogs, new tricks, etc., all were my initial thoughts”. However, Sophie was the lead mentor for myself and scarily understood me far too much for comfort in the initial meeting… she made me relatively comfortable discussing relatively uncomfortable subject material, i.e. my management style, strengths and WEAKNESSES, conflict areas etc… Am I more or less successful? I certainly addressed some areas that previously I had not tackled and those had an immediate positive financial impact; I delegate more and that was not easy so I now have more time for strategic thinking, I reflect more and consider alternatives more; I have no doubt the time spent with Sophie understanding myself, peoples perceptions, the company and options for change have certainly helped me to develop as a person but also as a business executive… On a personal note, I have done more reviews and personality tests than I care to remember but this was different, it had substance, relevance and meaning. Sophie was able to make an experienced executive take stock and change and at all times I felt at ease.
General Manager, Large European independent technology solutions provider
Mantis reports provide valuable insight when we are hiring Partners from outside the firm and promoting from within. What sets their reports apart from others of this sort I have previously experienced, is the more direct style of writing. Sophie and the team get straight to the heart of the issues and don’t shy away from being clear about an individual’s strengths and development needs. The reports are highly regarded within the firm for their accuracy and detail.
HRD EMEA, Top 10 International Law Firm