Create High Performance Teams
and Quality Improvement

The Championship Formula Inventory (CFI) is a
360-feedback instrument used to develop teams on the championship factors: 


  • Professionalism

  • Leadership

  • Emotional Stability

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Resourcefulness

The CFI-360 is used for Human Resource Management and Team Building.

High Performance Teams

MMaximize talent and teamwork in a learning environment. High Performance Teams are involved, organized, informed, accountable, and empowered.

The Championship Formula Inventory (CFI) assesses the behaviors related to the development and successful performance of championship athletic teams, business teams, and human service high performance teams. 

  Easy to use


  • The CFI-360 is a convenient, easy to use online tool.

  • A minimal administrative effort is required.

  • Perform evaluations in only 45 questions.

  • Invite participants by emailing a link to the online question form.

  • Create individual reports or combine data in a flexibel and efficient way to create team reports.


The Championship Formula Inventory (CFI) assesses the behaviors related to the development and successful performance of championship athletic and business teams.

The conceptual and measurement framework underlying the CFI is that championship performance is related to:

  • professionalism

  • leadership

  • emotional stability

  • interpersonal skills

  • resourcefulness

The 15 items assessed on the CFI are based on behavioral indicators that can be assessed through an interview conducted with team members or employees. These championship dimensions and indicators are based on a thorough literature review and extensive experience by the senior author with championship football, basketball, hockey, and NASCAR teams, and work with major corporations throughout the nation (Stark, 2011).


Conceptual framework: Championship factors and dimensions

The conceptual framework underlying the CFI is that:

  • Effective and efficient (i.e. ‘championship’) team performance is related to five core factors: professionalism, leadership, emotional stability, interpersonal skills, and resourcefulness

  • Each of these five factors has associated dimensions that define the respective factor

  • Measurable behavioral indicators can be used to assess the three dimensions composing each of the five championship factors (Stark, 2011; Schalock & Verdugo, 2012).


Championship Formula Inventory (CFI) Conceptual Framework






Authors of the Chamionship Formula Inventory








Jack A Stark, PhD.


As a performance psychologist, Jack Stark provides psychological and performance enhancement training to elite athletes at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels.
He served as the team psychologist (1989-2004) for the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football program. During his tenure Nebraska won 88% of its games including 3 national championships and had the highest winning percentage in the 1990s.


He is in his 12th year as the team psychologist for NASCAR’s premier Hendrick Motorsports Team (winner of 5 straight national championships).
He maintains a practice as a licensed clinical psychologist and has provided assistance to more than 10,000 individuals. He served on the faculty of the Nebraska Medical Center’s Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics as a tenured professor of medical psychology.

He is founder and director of Performance Enhancement Group and consults to F-500 executives. He has made over 1,000 presentations on Leadership and Teamwork.

Having consulted and mentored leaders of top Fortune 500 companies and numerous sports teams that have gone on to win multiple national championships, author Jack Stark well understands what it takes to build a dynasty–a team that produces consistently extraordinary results and is the dominant entity in its field.

In The Championship Formula, Stark, a clinical psychologist, condenses what he’s learned over his long career into the 4P formula: people + personality + process + purpose = success. Getting these elements in place is the biggest challenge leaders face, and Stark guides them through the processes of both building and maintaining a winning team.

Showing his winning formula at work, Stark draws readers into the inner circles of the championship NASCAR team for whom he’s been team psychologist for the last five years and the Nebraska Huskers’ three-championship dynasty of the 1990s. He also gets up close and personal with the consistently successful leadership at Berkshire Hathaway. Written in straightforward no-nonsense language, The Championship Formula can help any organization consistently achieve extraordinary results.











Robert L. Schalock, PhD.

Robert L. Schalock was prior to his retirement Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Hastings College, Nebraska, USA. He is currently Professor Emeritus from Hastings College. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas (Life Span Institute and the Beach Center on Disability), University of Salamanca (Spain): Chongquing Normal University (Mainland China), and University of Gent (Belgium). He is also President of Bob Schalock and Associates-Planning and Evaluation.



Dr. Schalock has participated in the Editorial Boards of a number of different journals, including the American Journal on Mental Retardation (now American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), Jr. of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, Evaluation and Program Planning, Mental Retardation (now Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), and Jr. of Intellectual Disability Research.
Bob has been Member and Chair of the Board of numerous associations and is a former President of the American Association on Mental Retardation. He is a member of a number of Committees of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly American Association on Mental Retardation): Terminology and Classification (Chair), Supports Intensity Scale, Children’s Supports Intensity Scale, and Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale. Dr. Schalock has published numerous books and articles on personal and program outcomes, the supports paradigm, adaptive behavior, clinical judgment, and quality of life. He also travels across the world consulting on human service issues.







Concept and realisation of the CFI-360 by QOL-zone



Administration procedure

The CFI is administered by a team or employee supervisor who has familiarity with interviewing techniques and behavior assessment. The interview entails asking the respondent to provide specific examples of each of the indicators assessed on the Inventory. Based on this input, each dimension score on the following 3-point scale:

3=3 evidence-based indicators demonstrated
2=1 or 2 evidence-based indicators demonstrated
1=no evidence-based indicators demonstrated

Scoring and feedback

The CFI is administered via an on-line, computer-based procedure ( Assessments are done on the basis of an interview involving the evaluation administrator and the respective respondent/team member.  Each factor related dimension is scored via a 3-point Likert Scale. Scores per factor are presented via a Radar Chart that summarizes the 5 Championship Factors based on raw scores obtained from the assessment. This reporting format also allows for comparing an initial baseline level on each factor and dimension with one or more subsequent administrations.

The CFI provides a scientific basis for team building and human resources management. The CFI can be used as an instructional tool, a management tool, an evaluation tool, and/or a research tool.

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CFI-360 Manual