They say a picture paints a thousand words. They also say that human behaviour is complex. Fortunately, Human Synergistics International has a model that paints a picture of human behaviour. It is called a Circumplex. The Circumplex is a visual model of humans' thinking and behaviour styles. It is used to help individuals, managers, leaders, … Continue reading How to see your thinking and behaviour styles
You don’t have to “go it alone”
Amanda had always been fiercely independent. She prided herself on being self-reliant and self-sufficient. She had built a successful business from the ground up, and she was always looking for new opportunities to expand it further. But there was a problem. Amanda had trouble relating to others. She struggled to connect with people on a … Continue reading You don’t have to “go it alone”
How to evaporate Conflict, reduce Silos and stop Bloating in your organisation
Discover the Power of finding Synergy between Commercial Responsibility, Customer Value, and Culture Are you tired of the conflict, silos and bloating that stop your organisation from delivering on its potential? Do you want more collaboration, flow and throughput to drive performance and achieve more for your organisation? If so, then this webinar could be for you! Join … Continue reading How to evaporate Conflict, reduce Silos and stop Bloating in your organisation
How to stop the habit of being against things
Peter had always been an ambitious individual. He was a high-performing manager at a reputable company, and he was always seeking to improve the way things were done. One day, he had an idea to harness the power of his team's ideas to achieve even better performance. He knew that if he could get his … Continue reading How to stop the habit of being against things
How to stop having difficulty being accepted
Amanda had always been fiercely independent. She started her small business from scratch and worked hard to make it successful. However, as the business grew, Amanda realized that she needed to collaborate with others to expand further. She struggled with the idea of relying on others and found it hard to trust anyone else with … Continue reading How to stop having difficulty being accepted
Learning to accept criticism
Loraine was a high achiever and a perfectionist who had always taken her work very seriously. However, she had a reputation for not taking criticism well, which often made it difficult for her to collaborate effectively with others. Loraine recognised that she had conflicting needs. On one hand, she wanted to improve herself and to … Continue reading Learning to accept criticism
Giving up being dictatorial
Trevor had always been a successful businessman but had difficulty letting go of control. He believed that to have great decisions happening in the business, he needed to keep control of the decision-making. But as he began to recognise the importance of his employees' input, he realised he needed to find a different way. Trevor … Continue reading Giving up being dictatorial
How to deal with internal conflict
Amanda had always been a determined woman. She had started her own small business from scratch, and it had grown to become a successful enterprise. But as the years passed, she found herself feeling more and more disconnected from the people around her. She had become so focused on her work that she had forgotten … Continue reading How to deal with internal conflict
How to develop your Leadership mindset.
How can we combine the research on adult development with existing world-class tools to measure mindset and accelerate the journey towards great leadership? A leader's mindset plays a huge role in their leadership development. We know that different levels of mindset elicit different types of behaviours. For example, a person with a fixed mindset will … Continue reading How to develop your Leadership mindset.
Why do we find it so hard to change mindset?
Have you ever wondered why we often find it so hard to change mindset? Consider the common phrase, 'You can't teach an old dog new tricks'… Now think about a recent example where you attempted to make a change in your behaviour at work, or at home, but inevitably fell back into old habits… Why … Continue reading Why do we find it so hard to change mindset?
How to become a ‘daring’ leader …
If daring is the key to great leadership, and vulnerability is the key to being daring, then how can we combine the research on vulnerability with existing world-class tools to measure our journey towards becoming a great leader? The picture below shows the before and after of one of my clients. It shows a shift from … Continue reading How to become a ‘daring’ leader …
How can we be “affiliative” virtually?
Human Synergistics International is a global leader in helping organisations to support their people and improve their performance through a focus on culture change, leadership development, and team building. The results of their surveys are displayed on the Circumplex, a graphical representation that breaks down the factors underlying performance into 12 ways or “styles” of thinking, … Continue reading How can we be “affiliative” virtually?
The Group Styles Inventory (GSI)
The Group Styles Inventory (GSI) is the only research-based tool that provides a valid and reliable measure of how people in groups interact with each other and work as a team to solve problems. Extensively researched and internationally proven, this assessment provides group members with a ‘safe’ way to talk about their behaviour and how … Continue reading The Group Styles Inventory (GSI)
Unlock the secret of team synergy with one of the most widely used exercises for team building and group development in the world. Do your teams have what it takes to survive?
The Desert Situation "It is approximately 10 o'clock in the morning on a mid-August day and you have just crash-landed in the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States." Your task is to rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of their importance to your team's survival. Set in an unfamiliar location, … Continue reading Unlock the secret of team synergy with one of the most widely used exercises for team building and group development in the world. Do your teams have what it takes to survive?
The Life Styles Inventory™ helps individuals to develop Constructive thinking and behavioural styles that are proven to be related to job performance, quality of interpersonal relationships, and problem-solving effectiveness.
Life Styles Inventory™ Research and development by Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D. and J. Clayton Lafferty, Ph.D. The Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) is an organisational tool that uses both self-assessment and colleague feedback to identify individual thinking and behavioural styles. By providing insights into strengths and areas for development, it empowers people to embark on their own journeys to … Continue reading The Life Styles Inventory™ helps individuals to develop Constructive thinking and behavioural styles that are proven to be related to job performance, quality of interpersonal relationships, and problem-solving effectiveness.
How to create an environment for breakthrough results in any team.
Team breakthroughs require a combination of skill and expertise, constructive interpersonal behaviour and rational thinking. The size of your breakthrough depends on the quality of the decision, multiplied by the degree to which the decision is accepted by those who must implement it. Quality and Acceptance are brought about through consensus decision-making. Skill and expertise … Continue reading How to create an environment for breakthrough results in any team.
How Culture Works
What is culture?'Culture' is a term that has become an important part of any organisation's vocabulary and a defining characteristic when talking about the organisation to both employees and customers. However, what it really means, how it works, and the impact it has on performance are often misunderstood. At Human Synergistics International, they define "culture" in … Continue reading How Culture Works
How we resist change.
In a previous post I described Efrat's Cloud, a very effective way to explain why we resist change. Human thinking and behaviour is very complex. In order to make something complex easier to understand a picture can paint a thousand words. While Efrat's cloud is a picture that describes the dynamics of our thinking and … Continue reading How we resist change.
Can the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) be used as a cultural diagnostic?
The Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) is one of the Human Synergistics International tools for individuals. It is actually two tools: The first is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 1). This tool provides participants with the answer to the question “How do I think I think?” The second is Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI 2). This tool provides participants … Continue reading Can the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) be used as a cultural diagnostic?