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2013 Basic Business Viability Study (BBVS) for Independent Human Development Professionals

Based on more than 10 years of foundational research and two prior studies, the 2013 BBVS explores the top 25 mission-critical activities independent professionals perform in building strong and thriving practices as trainers, coaches and consultants. The study reveals their strengths and weaknesses, sources of stress and untapped potential. Participants in the study must be human development professionals (trainers, coaches, consultants, etc.) who operate private, full-time practices.  In addition, participants must agree to complete all three steps of the process. CLICK HERE for full details about the study and how participants are compensated.

To view some of the results:

Executive Briefing #1 — Participant Feedback on Accuracy and Value

Executive Briefing #2 — Rankings and Problem Ratings of Mission-Critical Activities



2014 ChangeWorks Needs Assessment Heuristic Study


Merging of Brilliance


Adjective Mapping