The past six months under your wing have been extremely helpful and worthwhile. I feel I have gained insight into my work behaviour and have tackled more than one hurdle. On reflection, the most useful tools have been 1) breaking down projects into manageable tasks 2) incorporating them into a schedule that is a work in progress, not the rosetta stone! 3) Realizing my gifts of humour, creativity, personal service and listening. You are a great coach and have a great deal of passion for what you do. Thanks too for hanging in with me when employee issues really got me off track!

Christine North President, North Company Graphic Design

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Pioneering Culture Insights

The Human Synergistics Circumplex provides a way to see, measure, and change the thinking and behavioural styles proven to drive the performance of not only individuals, but also groups and organisations. Used across our Integrated Diagnostic System, it enables you to use a common language and visual model for development across all levels.

The Circumplex – Our Measurement Model

If you agree with the adage that ‘a picture’s worth a thousand words’, you’ll understand the beauty of the Human Synergistics Circumplex.

With this practical visual device, you:

  • can ‘see’ the thinking and behavioural styles that are driving the performance of people and groups in your organization, as well as the organisation itself
  • have access to a common ‘language’ that you can use to quantify and discuss individuals’, teams’, managers’ and leaders’ behavioural styles and approaches, as well as the culture of your organization
  • have a foundation for developing your people, improving performance and enriching your culture.

A ground-breaking innovation when it was developed 40 years ago, and regularly reviewed and refined since then, the Circumplex has been applied and endorsed by millions of clients around the world – a true testament to its validity, relevance and value.

The Circumplex is typically incorporated into Human Synergistics’ measurement tools such as the Organizational Culture Inventory®, Life Styles Inventory™, Group Styles Inventory™ and Customer ServiceStyles™ Survey.

How does the circumplex work? click here

As you can see in the image, it breaks down the factors underlying performance effectiveness (at individual, group and organisational levels) according to 12 behaviours or styles.

These behaviours or styles are further grouped according to three general style clusters:

  • Constructive styles encourage the attainment of organisational goals through people development; promote teamwork and synergy; and enhance individual, group and organisational adaptability and effectiveness.
  • Aggressive/Defensive styles lead people to focus on their own needs at the expense of those of their group and organisation, and lead to stress, turnover and inconsistent performance.
  • Passive/Defensive styles lead people to subordinate themselves to the organisation, stifle creativity and initiative, and allow the organisation to stagnate.

Blue, green, and red extensions to the Circumplex graphically depict statistical results and the styles’ strength in terms of percentile scores – so you can see how your individual, group, or organisational results compare with those of thousands of other organisations that we’ve already researched.

The Circumplex is simple, elegant and extraordinarily insightful – a great tool for organizations pursuing performance excellence at every level. Contact us at 902.499.7585 or to find out more about our coaching services.