By the end of this article, you’ll have answers to the following questions:
- How do we objectively measure behaviour at work?
- Why is it important?
- Who tells us how we are behaving?
- How can you measure a colleague’s behaviour at work?
The answer to all these questions will help you be more effective in the workplace and a better leader. Like health and safety, leadership is for all of us to take note of. After all, the study of the ‘self’ is perhaps the most interesting of all human studies.
Behaviour in the Work Place
The word “behaviour” can conjure up negative connotations like “Why are you behaving like that” or worse “Why should I put up with that behaviour?”
Behaviour though, in a work context, is fascinating. There are two real principles:-
- We can measure behaviour.
- Behaviour is a choice and therefore can be changed or modified.
Who invented behavioural theory?
Over the years there have been huge studies around how we behave in different contexts, different environments etc.
We are going to look at two giants in the psychology world: Hippocrates and Carl Jung
Hippocrates the famous philosopher and his influential school of medicine first noticed four personality differences. Through research, he was able to predict some future behaviours. However, his studies were flawed. He contended he could tell personality type based on the amount of “body fluids”. This we know is incorrect; still, his behavioural observations were very accurate and are still used today.
Carl Jung (1875-1961)
Jung built on the work of Hippocrates. He defined personality types in terms of colour.
In addition, he superimposed some other work he had carried out around personality. These are based on two scales. Look at these Seesaws. Where do you place yourself?
Carl Jung’s Colour Matrix:
Swiss psychologist Carl Jung expanded on the work of Hippocrates and defined the four
temperaments in terms of colours: Cool Blue, Earth Green, Sunshine Yellow and Fiery Red.
Everyone has all of the colour energies in their personality, to differing degrees. Depending
upon a situation, our different colour energies and the qualities associated with them will be present and visible at various times.
COOL BLUE: showing no bias, objective, detached, analytical
EARTH GREEN: still, tranquil, calming, soothing
SUNSHINE YELLOW: cheerful, uplifting, spirited, enthusiastic
FIERY RED: positive, decisive, bold, assertive
How can this help you at work and benefit the workforce?
Once you measure how you behave at work (both normally and under pressure) you can apply this knowledge to so many aspects of life. For instance, you can alter your behaviour to suit conditions leading to High Team Performance. Knowledge of Carl Jung’s Colours can also help you understand how colleagues tick. Once these are perfected the colours can be applied to all aspects of personal life and relationships.
How can Colour Behaviour help in Business?
Knowledge of Yourself: How are you behaving at work? How does your behaviour affect others?
Human Resource Management: Allocation of tasks, job specifications and balanced teams, leadership and management information. Project management.
Sales: properly trained sales staff will soon pick up on lead or customer preference; often creating higher conversion rates.
Continuous Team Development: More intimate knowledge of peer behaviour will drive up team performance.
How can Right Angle Team Development help?
We supply Personal Profile Assessments (Colour Behaviour) to evaluate behaviour at three levels:-
We can either run a team development day OR supply the materials for a “self-delivery day.
Here is the great news. Some firms offering Carl Jung’s Behaviour Assessments charge a fortune. We don’t. All of our events are run by top quality qualified facilitators with one aim in mind- drive performance to achieve HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAM STATUS.
For the next two months, we are offering a one-off fantastic deal. (Offer ends 31st December 2019) Contact us on 0207 1676 717 or [email protected] to learn more.