The Crucible

Report Insights

The Crucible report shares unique learning insights that help assess
possible performance in a private equity environment.

The report is centered around a proprietary behavioral model that includes five catalysts:

  • Execution
  • Interpersonal
  • Emotional Leverage
  • Leadership
  • Cognition

The report includes two types of scores:

  • The Catalyst Score (a raw score out of 100 that indicates the strength of that catalyst for that participant)
  • The Private Equity Quotient (The report generates one PEQ which is an algorithmically generated result derived from the five catalyst scores, that is indicative of the candidate’s potential fit in a private equity-backed portfolio company.)

The Glossary:

  • Authenticity (the state of being truthful to one’s real sense of self, their values, and their convictions)
  • Catalysts (the five behaviors identified by The Crucible that best predict performance in the private equity-backed middle market)
  • Cognitive Horsepower (a strength rooted in raw intelligence and the ability to leverage that intelligence to make accurate, insightful decisions quickly)
  • Collegiality (the quality of being able to engage with the hearts and minds of an organization)
  • Confidence (the belief in one’s ability to overcome challenges)
  • Contaminant (performance derailers specific to the private equity-backed middle market)
  • Emotional leverage (a leader’s ability to drive results and change within an organization by using their capacity to contagiously emote)
  • Empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of individuals or feeling of the organization)
  • Emotional Intelligence (the ability to recognize and understand one’s emotions, as well as the other emotions of others)
  • Execution Engine (the ability to act and respond quickly and accurately)
  • Hunger (the drive to surpass the idea of “good enough,” always striving for success)
  • Impatience (a lack of tolerance for slow decision making, slow action)
  • Intensity (immense energy and concentration put into solving the problem at hand or achieving a goal)
  • Interpersonal play (A strong sense of self-esteem that helps build meaningful and effective relationships across an organization)
  • Leadership Muscle (the learned ability to influence and drive change in an organization)
  • Passion (the powerful sense of wanting to accomplish, achieve, and drive change)
  • Private Equity Quotient (A weighted average of the five catalysts scores that is indicative of the participant’s potential fit in a private equity-backed portfolio company)
  • Processing Speed (the pace at which one takes in, makes sense of, and responds to information)
  • Raw Intellect (the unrefined capacity for rational and intelligent thought or knowledge)
  • Upside (the potential or promise of an organization)
  • Urgency (A powerful sense of tenacity and determination that aids in execution)