Insight & Awareness

We have learnt that building an understanding of what makes us who we are is the most critical step in self-discovery. As the first certified Masters of the Reiss Motivation Profile (RMP) in Australia, we are able to leverage this tool to help understand and predict behaviour and decision making, in a professional and personal context.

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The most powerful tool to a better you. So why are you not investing in it more?

Self-awareness has long been considered one of the critical skills of an effective leader. In today’s world of multi-generational workforces and employees bringing their ‘whole-self’ to work; it has never been more important to be aware of yourself and those around you.

Research shows that increased self-awareness can lead to:

  • More effective leadership
  • Increased resilience to cope with change and ‘life events’
  • Higher performance in teams
  • Better professional and personal relationships

Following extensive research on the hundreds of tools available, we are pleased to be the first certified masters in Australia of the Reiss Motivation Profile® (RMP).

The RMP is a scientifically valid and reliable standardised assessment of who we are, what motivates us and how we are likely to react in different situations. The tool is based on the 16 Basic Desires Theory which can help individuals understand what makes them tick and why; helping you kick-start or reignite your commitment to developing yourself, teams or your organisation

Reiss Motivation Profile®

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Scholars have spent centuries studying human nature, but until recently noone had conducted large-scale surveys of human purposes and deeply rooted psychological needs. The 16 Basic Desires Theory is a theory of motivation proposed by Steven Reiss, Psychology and Psychiatry professor emeritus at the Ohio State University in Ohio, USA. The list of 16 basic desires is the first empirically-derived taxonomy of human needs. 

The result is a breakthrough in motivation research, as it enables you to describe precisely what drives people, i.e. their individual needs and motivations behind their actions. 

Reiss’ work goes further than most tools that help us better understand ourselves - by focusing on our basic desires we get to the core of what drives us.

Through our own Reiss Motivation Profile, we can see why we consider certain actions to be reasonable; by combining our own, personal, individual motivators in life, it helps us understand and see the reasons behind our behaviour.

Like a finger-print, each person’s motivation profile identifies how we express our motives and needs different from another person. Knowing your basic desires and understanding how we are motivated differently leads to improved performance, engagement and overall satisfaction in how we choose to live our lives.

Completed in 2007, Reiss’s work on fundamental goals and motivational desires is one of the most recent and compelling ways we can get to the heart of who we are and what makes us tick. Steven Reiss advocates understanding and accepting the motives of other people. Because we tend to consider our own values as desirable and to underestimate those of others.

It is a modern tool in the history of professional development and self-awareness.

Steven Reiss died on 28/10/2016 from illnesses associated with a long-term, chronic ailment.

We are proud to the first in Australia certified as RMP Masters to administer the profile to help you gain increased awareness of yours and your teams instrinsic motivators, basic desires and internal values. 


How we apply the RMP in our work

  • Individual and Leadership Development
  • Team Dynamics and Awareness of others to improve team performance
  • Career Coaching and Guidance
  • Talent and Role Mapping- a unique and powerful way to assess candidate fit to role and organisation.
  • Organisational Engagement and Value Proposition


The desire for positive self-regard


The desire for aesthetically appealing experiences


The desire for understanding


The desire to consume food


The desire to raise children and spend time with siblings


The desire for upright character


The desire for social justice


The desire for self-reliance


The desire for structure and stability

Physical activity

The desire for muscle exercise


The desire for influence of will


The desire to collect things

Social contact

The desire for companionship with peers


The desire for respect based on social standing


The desire to avoid experiencing pain and anxiety


The desire to confront those who frustrate or offend us

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