Element B: Behavior (originally FIRO-B)
Element F: Feelings (originally FIRO-F)
Element J: Job Fit
Element S: Self-Concept
Element E: Self-Esteem
Element E: Self-Esteem (leader)
Element W: Work Relations
Element T: Openness (Truth)
The primary purpose of Element B is to provide information for expanding self-awareness. People use Element B to:
Will Schutz created Element B as part of his comprehensive methodology for addressing the human issues in organizations, called The Human Element. In addition to Element B, The Human Element uses several other FIRO-based instruments called The Elements of Awareness, and a variety of experiential methods to form a transformational learning experience that leads to profound improvements in individual, team, and organizational performance.
The primary purpose of Element B is to provide information for expanding self-awareness. Increased self-awareness improves your understanding of why you behave in the way that you do and allows you to be more effective as a leader, manager or team member. Rather than telling you the answers or what they think you should do, Element B practitioners create an environment where you assess your own scores and make your own interpretation — helping you to create your own knowledge of what the scores mean for you right now. Element B does not measure fixed traits or attempt to classify you into a particular category or style — it is not an evaluation. There are no “good” or “bad” scores.
Element B-based training helps people:
Element B Coaching uses FIRO Theory to help you understand your behavior by breaking it down into three components:
Inclusion—amount of interaction—the area concerned with achieving the desired amount of contact with people
Control—structure of interaction—the area concerned with achieving the desired amount of control over others
Openness—depth of interaction—the area concerned with achieving just the desired amount of openness with others
Coaching helps you explore the similarities and differences you share with others, and how we tend to get in our way.
Moreover, Element B coaching shows how you see others through the lens of your own preferences. It helps you explore the degree to which your behavior is rigid or flexible in order to maximize your interpersonal effectiveness.
Understanding how teams and relationships work is helpful in solving problems and improving output. A popular myth in organizations is that there is not time to deal with personal relationships. There are deadlines, bottom lines and goals to meet—and they take priority.
Ignoring personal problems in favor of “practical matters” is organizational self-deception. When interpersonal problems exist and are not dealt with, the productivity of the organization inevitably suffers. It is more true to say that organizations cannot afford not to take the time to deal with relations between people.
Element B training with teams helps members give non-defensive behavioral feedback. Teams can also evaluate how members relate to each other in the way their behavioral aspects (inclusion, control and openness) influence the team’s atmosphere, as well as how the their behaviors can affect the compatibility of their roles. The training provides the useful information for teams to find solutions to accurately measure their compatibility and increase productivity.
The Element B Certification course is held on-demand. Contact us for more information.
The course will certify you to use Element B: Behavior, as well as provide you with an introduction to The Human Element® approach, a comprehensive body of work designed to improve individual, team, and organizational effectiveness.
Human resource managers, consultants, and executive coaches who want to use Element B for individual and team applications or who want an introduction to the FIRO-based Elements of Awareness and The Human Element approach.
- Experience an Element B workshop as participants.
- Principles for using Element B results
- Behavior awareness activities
- Element B
- Interpretation of Element B
- Activities using Element B in teams
- Practice facilitating Element B.
- Practice presentations of principles and instrument
- Coaching practice using Element B Individual Workbook
- Background and theoretical underpinnings of instrument
- Next steps
- Learn to use Element B for individual coaching and improving relationships
- Gain skills to use Element B for team composition and diagnosis
- Increase their own self-awareness
- Gain greater ability to identify individual behavioral preferences
- Acquire working knowledge of FIRO theory
- Understand the differences between Element B and FIRO-B® Workshop Agenda
Tuition | $800
Duration | 2 days
Class Size | 4-24
Specifically, we use lecture, verbal and non-verbal activities, visualization, group feedback, and FIRO-based psychometric instruments that quantify behavior, team compatibility, and self-concept. These provide powerful means for immediately implementing lasting changes both on a personal and organizational level.
No. Because The Human Element is highly experiential, it cannot be shortened effectively. Our two-part Human Element Course is an introduction to The Human Element (and a pre-requisite for this course) that covers the core material for those who are not ready to engage in the full process.
In addition, we can customize Human Element solutions for your organization to fit your schedule. Contact us to learn more.
We do encourage you to get in touch with your feelings because behaviors are driven by feelings and if you want to change behavior, you have to understand what drives it. If you want to improve relationships with others, it is helpful to understand what impact your behavior has on others.
You are invited to participate and will not be forced to do anything. In fact, one of the core concepts of The Human Element is choice, and you will have the opportunity to practice making deliberate choices throughout the workshop.