Performance Tracking

Behavioral Evaluation, Analysis, and Systematic Tracking(B.E.A.S.T ):

Interactionism: The interactionist perspective on the situation vs. person debate

"Traits and Situations interact to influence behavior - how else could it be?.  (It’s like the genetics vs. environment issue, one cannot exist without the other).  So, the trait and situationist perspectives are too simplistic: reality is more complex.  In reality, different situations affect different people in different ways. Some situations allow expression of personality; other situations provoke a narrower range of behavior.  Thus, Behavior = personality x interpretation of the situation"

It is important to analyze both the individual’s critical core dynamics as well as the environmental context in which he is being asked to perform. Using quantitative research methods to categorize general “Personality Groups” and “Behavioral Types” allows us to group individuals together by sets of commonly shared traits. These traits can then be applied to basic, pre-defined environmental conditions using available quantitative and qualitative data.

This theoretical framework ties into the Structure and Agency debate, using the principle that environmental structure influences human behavior, while the nuances of the individual’s personality are capable of going against social norms. For the purposes of this research, we’ve defined environmental structure as the governing standards associated with the basketball team environment as opposed to general societal demands.

Differences in socio-developmental background are accounted for when analyzing a particular individual to further refine the process beyond the bounds of standardization. Defining the general characteristics of both the individual and the environment helps to add context. It can increase the probability of predicting the cause of behavior and help with eliminating errors in attribution.  Our research focuses on defining four distinct areas:

SITUATION-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE: Behavior = Personality x Interpretation of Situation


Background History

Observed Behaviors

Personality Traits


Group Cohesion

Organizational Direction

Performance Standards


Perceived Talent

Short/Long Term Projection

Developmental Readiness


Development Structure

Workload Volume

Role Responsibility

The value of accounting for these variables has widespread sociological roots. Understanding the environmental demands at play in various team situations can help provide clarity regarding how different types of individuals react situationally. This may lead to a more concrete definition of both the power of Groupthink present in certain situations as well as how much pressure to conform is being brought to bear relative to the individual in question.

Additionally, adding structure to the concepts of role and opportunity provide the framework for a more thorough understanding of their impact on performance. How an individual perceives his role expectations as well as his belief that the opportunity provided is adequate to fulfill both personal and team objectives is critical. The ability to quantify the level of disconnect using a standardized model should help to create a lens for gauging the cause/effects of Cognitive Dissonance and Diffusion of Responsibility on a case by case basis.

The collection and use of large-sample behavioral data in conjunction with a standardized system of measuring environmental factors is consistent with the best practices of Experimental Psychological design. A better understanding of the sociological influences that effect performance can lead to an increase in both the frequency of successful outcomes and the efficiency of reaching those outcomes. Increasing our understanding of the probabilities involved in a situation makes it easier to narrow focus and reach faster, more effective conclusions.&nbs

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