On our previous post we have talked about the four natural energies, and today we will deep-dive into each of them.
Creates a vivid vision combined with ideas and innovations that pull the team and company forward.
Activating energy accelerates and ignites change, bringing innovation and the ability to initiate new projects. It tackles obstacles head-on, solves problems and sees new opportunities missed by others.
This energy sparks activity drives others forward and maximises the view of the bigger picture and the visionary future ahead. When not in balance, Activating energy can push so hard that the team is left exhausted.
Indeed, those who operate within this energy just consider this collateral damage in the process. It can quickly destroy value through its drive to relentlessly create and not finish what is started or to not build the team to support it.
What are the Risk Factors with Activating Profiles?
We can’t be in “flow” all the time so how does being out of flow show up for activating profiles?
- So focused they don’t notice who can’t keep up their “gear shifts” can be extreme as not everyone can embrace change as they can.
- So relentless they can be exhausting
- Can drive a team to burn out
- Often impatient
- Often act on gut instinct
- Don’t always value refining & sustaining energy
Ignites the spark in others, rallying the team to support the shared vision while striving to excel.
Inspiring energy ignites the spark in others, rallying the team to support the shared vision while striving to excel, individually and collectively.
It hears the voice and sentiment of the people in the team and builds engagement, rapport and team spirit, as well as connecting with others around them and their network to rally behind the same cause.
This energy maximises the talent of a group and fires them up to get moving. When not in balance, Inspiring energy can result in too much attachment to the feelings of others and the inaptitude to focus on the specifics required to achieve the result.
It can quickly destroy value through the inaptitude to hold the team accountable and not getting tough when required.
What are the Risk Factors with Inspiring Profiles?
We can’t be in “flow” all the time so how does being out of flow show up for inspiring profiles?
- So loved by their team people will often leave and follow them
- So people focused they can miss a detail
- Can take things to heart
- Don’t like working by themselves
- Rarely do detail
- Don’t like to say no
Sustaining energy brings others’ ideas to life through the implementation of those ideas and the nurturing of their growth over the long term.
It is grounded in reality and understands the elements, resources and pace required to achieve sustainable growth. This energy maximises value through the consistent application of the right effort along with a persistent commitment to completion.
When not in balance, Sustaining energy can get bogged down in the limitations of the current reality and long-standing routines that no longer serve. It can quickly destroy value through doggedly following the tried and tested and resisting the breakthrough moment
What are the Risk Factors with Sustaining Profiles?
We can’t be in “flow” all the time so how does being out of flow show up for refining profiles?
- Can be overly logical and emotionless Not people-focused
- Overly reliant on attention to detail
- Hijack ideas by asking “how” and not seeing the possibilities
- Can be cold, cynical and insensitive
- Not big picture thinkers
Brings a sharp eye for data-driven improvements, simplified systems and profitable processes.
Refining energy brings a sharp eye for detail, cutting through the noise and identifying risk with a factual and data-based perspective. It has the ability to assess and solve complex problems while optimising efficiency and return.
This energy maximises value through analysis and the testing of solutions with a considered approach that focuses on continuous improvement.
When not in balance, Refining energy can get lost in the numbers and analysis, losing perspective of the vision and becoming too risk-averse. It can quickly destroy value through being out of touch with the people in a team and the human dynamics at play.
What are the Risk Factors with Refining Profiles?
We can’t be in “flow” all the time so how does being out of flow show up for sustaining profiles?
- Don’t always find the balance between people and project delivery
- Will naturally slow down other profile types
- Not future thinkers
- They don’t trust their gut
- Can be overly cautious
- Can be too rigid with process
- Can over-rely on how they feel rather than what data supports
- Don’t adapt well to change
Now that we have deep-dive into each of the four natural energies, we will now look on how you can work out and/or who you will need on your team in the next post.
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