Have you ever worked with a colleague whose communication style you found difficult? Did they frustrate you, lack detail, fail to consider people’s views, or seem uncaring? Or have you had a colleague you couldn’t get through to? Communication challenges can have an impact on the cohesiveness and potential productivity of a team. In this blog we introduce you to Insights Discovery and how it may be able to help employers to address (or better still, prevent) challenges of this nature.
Insights Discovery is a “psychometric tool based on the psychology of Carl Jung, Insights Discovery is built to help people understand themselves, understand others, and make the most of the relationships that affect them in the workplace.”
The methodology uses an easy-to-understand four colour model to help people understand their style, their strengths and the value they bring to the team. The four colours are referred to as “colour energies”, and everybody has a unique mix which helps us to understand why we behave the way we do. The colours and a brief descriptor of how best to communicate with people who have these as their strongest colour energy are:
Fiery Red – “Be brief, be bright, be gone”
Sunshine Yellow – “Involve me”
Earth Green – “Show me you care”
Cool Blue – “Give me details”
Here at View HR, one of our Directors Sarah King is a qualified Insights practitioner. One of Sarah’s clients, a Dorset-based professional services Company, reached out to Sarah to arrange for help with team development using Insights Discovery.
The team’s profiles highlighted a true mix, and to celebrate this, the team even adopted their own mascots to symbolise their preferred behavioural styles. The Managing Director said: “The team and I are very happy to have identified such a range of strengths in our working styles. The work we undertake for our clients is very varied and requires different approaches, and so we are in an excellent position to allocate our strongest team member to meet their needs in every case.”
Another member of the team was amazed that his profile captured him so accurately. “As I was reading through my report, I kept finding myself saying ‘wow, this really is like me!’. It has given me a really good opportunity to reflect on what I do well, and what I should work on too, which is important for my professional development.”
“I love delivering these sessions and seeing the ‘light-bulb’ moments. That is, the moment when someone shares their profile with a colleague that perhaps they’ve never connected well with before because of their perceived differences. They gain a realisation that the persons approach to a task for instance was just a different approach to theirs and not the wrong approach.” – Sarah King
If you are an employer and would like to gain a better understanding of your team and improve their communication, and would like to understand more about how Insights Discovery may be able to support this, please contact ViewHR today.