I’ve never been great at networking and this is why. Even before Covid, when we could actually see people face to face, give them a hug and share a coffee, I found it difficult. Now, when networking consists of ‘seeing’ people in little boxes, battling the technology and trying hard not to talk over the top of someone else, I find it almost impossible.
But that’s not just because I am an introvert. That doesn’t help, of course, but that’s a subject for another time. The reason I’m not great at networking is I dread the question ‘So, what do you do?’ and after all, that question is what networking is all about isn’t it? It’s the question we ask each other around the coffee station. It’s the question we have to answer in our 45 second pitch.
I do, of course, know what I do and I love what I do, but trying to explain it in a succinct sentence is not possible. I’ve developed a sentence over the years, though. It goes: ‘I work on personal and team development using, as a starting point, a personality profiling tool called Clarity 4d, which uses colour to describe the different personality types.’ Which doesn’t really say anything about the whole range of benefits Clarity 4d can offer, and usually just leads to the question: ‘So, what colour do you think I am?’
In terms of the profiles, it is, of course, really interesting and actually good fun, to find out how our personality breaks down in terms of the four colours of blue, yellow, green and red– with each colour having its positive attributes and not so positive attributes! However, the behavioural model which is offered by Clarity 4d is so much more than this.
The Clarity 4d profile provides an opportunity for us to look at our strengths and our areas for development. It provides an opportunity to discuss the options we have in terms of our behaviours. It helps us to improve our communication with others. It helps us to understand how we can adapt and modify our behaviours to meet the needs of different people and situations in our personal and professional lives. It helps us to reach the heights of self – understanding.
The Clarity 4d team profile looks at the attributes and talents each member brings to the team, which enables a team workshop to analyse the team and how people fit within it. We all know that effective communication is essential to good teamwork, so the profile and workshop explore strategies to communicate effectively with the different personality types, thereby reducing barriers that may cause messages to be misinterpreted.
The team workshop also looks at building relationships in a team and at ensuring team members come to recognise and value the differences in others. The colours become a language for the team members in terms of their team development.
For personal development, in addition to the personal profile there are the following profiles:
- A 2d profile. This is carried out by other people and shows how other people see you – which may be quite different from how you see yourself, dependant on role, situation etc
- A Youth profile for young people
- A New Direction profile – excellent for anyone looking at changing the direction of their lives in some way
For team development, Clarity 4d now offer Team Dynamics, which is a performance measurement and reporting tool that compliments the Clarity 4d profiles to provide an understanding of how effectively a team is working together.
Finally, the name ‘Clarity 4d’ came from the concept that there are 4 dimensions of personal development.
- 1st Dimension: DISCOVER how you see yourself
- 2nd Dimension: DISCUSS others’ perception of you
- 3rd Dimension: DIVERSIFY your hidden potential
- 4th Dimension: DEVELOP your full potential over time
Trying getting all that across in 45 seconds!!