The Attentional & Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory

Training – Certification Program

Thank you for your interest in the TAIS Training Program.

The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory is used to help people perform under pressure in corporate, sport, and military settings.

Performance depends on the ability to pay attention to the right things at the right times and pressure changes the way we concentrate, make decisions, and interact with others. TAIS measures these critical performance variables, helps elite performers understand the conditions that create pressure, and predicts their responses to pressure.

TAIS applications include:

✓ Performance Enhancement in Corporate, Sport and Military Settings

✓ Leader Development / Executive Coaching

✓ Selection and Screening [Hiring & Promotion]

✓ Draft / Transfer Evaluation in Sport

✓ Teaming / Teambuilding


The advanced TAIS inventory certification program is a competency-based course designed to teach individuals how to use TAIS inventory to assess performance-relevant psychological strengths and weaknesses or challenges of high-level performers in business, sport, education, and the military. Success in this course is directly tied to the willingness to express your thoughts, ideas, and interpretations of the test information and interpersonal behaviors encountered as individuals move through the material. Feedback about progress is provided via email and through phone conversations. Feedback sessions are designed to be helpful, challenging, thought-provoking and fun.

Course Goals

The course will significantly increase awareness of the critical role psychological assessment can play in the development and selection of individuals at every level of competency, including those who possess ultra-high performance capabilities. In order to identify various performance competencies, participants can expect to learn the key psychological markers that are predictive of performance no matter the performance setting. A full understanding of human performance capability that is gained from this course will allow practitioners to carry out a variety of functions in an enhanced manner.  Some of those applicable functions include: more effectively designed teaching programs; enhanced training and coaching skills; advanced selection capabilities, etc.  It will also provide you with the skills needed to effectively engage in the assessment feedback process in ways that are constructive, educational, thought-provoking and supportive to both clients (if applicable) and individuals.


Ideally, participants either have completed four years of college/university or have significant work experience in the field of psychology. Courses in any of the following will be of significant help in understanding the presented materials: personality theory; cognitive psychology; statistics; experimental design; psychological measurement; interviewing techniques and stress management.

Please note that many participants have successfully completed the material with little or no applicable background in psychology. Further, your age and overall experience has no bearing on success with this course. Successful participants have ranged from early 20’s to 60’s. One would expect that individuals who are entering the course with a limited applicable background will have to put in extra time in order to complete.

Performance Objectives

By the end of the course you will be:

  • able to evaluate the validity, reliability, and utility of tests in general and TAIS in particular for use in ‘across-the-board” performance settings.
  • capable of interpreting The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory in your professional setting.  As an aside, TAIS is pronounced TACE.  [Anyone looking at pre-1995 literature will see that TAIS inventory was originally called the Test of Attentional and Interpersonal Style and became known as TAIS. Many people tighten up at the mention of the word “test” so we renamed the instrument to de-emphasize the word test. We try to call it by its full name or TAIS inventory, but many people still refer to it as the TAIS (including one Bob Nideffer J).
  • comfortable in recognizing that while TAIS inventory is a member of the category of psychological tests, it is an inventory of operating and performance style and capabilities and is not designed to assign a passing or failing grade.
  • able to use test information, interview data, behavioral observations, and performance history to identify and consensually validate an individual’s cognitive and intra and interpersonal performance strengths and weaknesses.
  • capable of using TAIS inventory data to describe how an individual is most likely to respond in a wide variety of settings, including under-stimulated environments and those which are highly stressful, demanding, and competitive conditions.
  • be able to explain how cognitive processes interact with changes in arousal to affect decision-making and performance.
  • comfortable linking various psychological interventions to specific performance issues.

For any other questions, please contact:

Karen Turcot at info@winningmind.com / +1 619.819 2970


Marc Sagal at sagal@winningmind.com / +1 619.497.0156


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