Have you ever wondered why some team members prefer to focus on the big picture while others prefer to understand fine details? Or why some people are happy to take risks and deal with any challenges as and when they present themselves, while others prefer to understand the risks before giving a project the green light? These different preferences can cause friction and misunderstandings between colleagues because they all believe that their approach is best. Positive interpersonal working relationships are the cornerstone of a happy, productive, and engaged workforce. However, it can be challenging for leaders to get different people in the business communicating effectively especially if it feels like some of them seem to be speaking a different language. Marshall Centre has partnered with Clarity 4D to deliver their personality profiling, coaching and 360-degree feedback tool to help people become more self-aware and aware of the people they work with.
What is Clarity 4D?
Clarity 4D is based on Carl Jung’s psychological preferences towards the dynamics of behaviour and decision making, whilst incorporating the Greek philosophical ‘elements’ of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Prior to the Clarity 4D workshop, facilitated by our Head of Learning and Development, Darren Jenkins, your team will be asked to complete a multiple-choice questionnaire about themselves. They will then receive a report outlining their personality colour profile, their strengths, blind spots, how they communicate and how best to communicate with them. The team are then encouraged to share their profiles with others to receive honest feedback. The management team at Marshall Centre went through this process. We were pleased to discover that there is an even split between dominant colour energies, which means that there is a good balance of strengths and weaknesses in the team. As these profiles are shared publicly, the team also know who to approach if they need help with a project that requires a different point of view.
What is colour energy?
The personality traits are represented by four colours: Red, Blue, Yellow and Green and people are assigned a colour spectrum based on their psychological preferences based on how introverted or extroverted they are, how much they prefer to make decisions based on thinking or intuition and how they perceive information based on sensing or feeling. The table below outlines some of the typical personality traits of each colour energy.
In each Clarity 4D report, it outlines the colour energies that people lead with and the colour traits that are less dominant. Personalities consist of a percentage of each colour. The important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to be and none of the colour traits determines your potential for success or reflects on your capabilities. For example, if a person leads with yellow and has a low percentage of blue, they might be more comfortable doing tasks that do not involve fine detail, but that does not mean that they are incapable of delivering detailed work, just that it is not their preference to do so. This is another good reason to share the teams’ personality profiles publicly as it helps when setting up project teams to know that you have an even split of people with dominant colours and tasks can then be assigned based on everyone’s strengths.
Incorporating the four colour groups into a model for interpreting personality types is the Clarity4D framework. Employers can use this to assist in recruitment and selection, creating a culture of learning and development, which can impact factors such as staff engagement, attrition, stress and absenteeism, performance management, succession planning and diversity and inclusion.