The 4 Main Factors are Mental Platforms
Methodological factors – the blue room
How does the individual perceive reality? How is reality screwed together? How do we get from A to B quickly and most efficiently? What are the possibilities and limits of this reality? How do we acquire knowledge about the world? The methodological factors are about everything we do, figuratively speaking, when we sit at our desks and organise reality around us in our minds in order to solve a particular task. How we think before we act. We establish a method by which we attack and process the tasks we face.
Work life motive: Increased complexity and factual knowledge of the world within a defined domain.
Work life roles: specialists, experts.
Underlying emotional motive: Safety and security.
Learning: through increased factual knowledge. Knowledge of.
People who feel at home in blue space prefer order, regularity and stability. They are most comfortable with a clear framework, clear rules and fixed structures. They prefer to solve tasks on the basis of well-defined and precise knowledge in a known and predictable universe. Blue space people thrive in work situations where the criteria for success are clear, where things are under control and where factual and professional knowledge is an important basis for solving tasks.
Focus areas of The Blue Room
System orientation – Detail orientation – Security orientation
Performance factors – The red room
At some point in life, the need and desire to define ourselves as unique individuals will grow. We begin to set personal goals; learn things through experimentation; test our willpower; perform and develop until we become independent and unique individuals. We must separate ourselves from others and set ourselves unique personal goals. We must strive and perform in order to achieve our life goals.
Work life motive: to strive for material goals and perform at our very best.
Work life roles: Deliver results. Emotional motive: Self-assertion.
Learning: through trying. Gaining experience and personal skills.
When we move from the comfort and security in The Blue Room and make a leap into the world, we bring along the best and most useful things from this “Blue” stage. However, the thing that used to be the goal itself, now becomes a tool in our attempt to reach even higher life goals.
Who makes that kind of leap? People who score high on Performance motive, Confidence, and Independence feel very much at home in The Red Room. They want freedom and their personal and emotional platform is strong. This allows them to deal with difficult, critical, and challenging tasks. They have an inner desire to constantly perform in a better, faster, and more efficient way. They view themselves, their abilities, and possibilities in a positive light.
Focus areas for the red room
Performance motive – Self-confidence – Independence
Relationship factors – The green space
Throughout life we must form relationships to other people. On our journey through life we may realize that in order to connect with others on a deeper level, or to reach our personal goals, we cannot rely solely on the things that we have learnt on our own. So far, we have primarily been focusing on ourselves, but in order to move on we must learn how to see things from the perspective of someone else; to give other people space; to listen to others; and to understand the relationships that we are part of. We develop a curiosity towards other people, we begin to wonder what they think about and how they feel. This is when we realize that this new knowledge can help us develop even further in our own lives.
Work life motive: Insight into social processes as a way of reaching shared goals.
Work life roles: Responsible for the relationship factors in one’s surroundings.
Emotional motive: Love and quality of life through the relationships with others. Learning: through emotions. Self-insight and understanding of others. The ability to see and understand someone else.
When we make the leap from The Red Room into The Green Room, we bring along the best aspects of The Red Room, willpower and goal orientation. However, now we are able to utilize our advanced understanding of ourselves and others and integrate the qualities of both The Red Room and The Green Room, and we can use this to set even higher goals. Many leadership positions require the candidates to have skills that relate to The Green Room. These jobs also have an enhanced level of complexity since the results are no longer just a matter of quantity or something factual. The tasks are more focused on processes, they last longer, and they have a greater level of uncertainty.
Who makes that kind of leap? People who score high on Social understanding, Trust and Extroversion feel at home in The Green Room. They show a lot of interest in their fellow human beings and they spend a lot of time understanding the thoughts, emotions, and actions of others. They are socially curious, extrovert, and open-minded, and due to their strong focus on emotions and relationships, they have fundamentally strong social competences.
Focus areas for green space
Social Understanding – Trust – Extroversion
Personal growth factors – The Yellow Room
At some point in life we may travel into unknown territory, cross some of the borders that we know, and search for new insights and new goals. We do all of this because we sense an unfulfilled potential in ourselves. We are driven by curiosity, feelings and a desire for ultimate freedom. This movement can be ignited by inner and outer factors and circumstances. These circumstances cause us to uproot and commence our journey into the unknown.
We then move from The Green Room to The Yellow Room. Through personal and critical self-reflection, we learn things about our actions and our thoughts. We look back at our past but also ahead to our future, which is still just a vague sense of something new.
Work life motive: Seeking change in order to reach a higher goal
Work life roles: Agent of change
Emotional motive: Self-development and achieving your life goals
Learning: Through reflection, self-insight and realization
When we make the leap from The Green Room to The Yellow Room, we break away from a safe mental landscape, and we travel into unknown land. We become explorers, unsure about what hides behind the horizon. We try out something completely new. Externally, this is seen through our new actions, new settings, and new situations. However, internally it can be seen in our existential reflections, our new insights, and the narrative about who we are and why we are here.
Who makes that kind of leap? People who score high on Intuition, Integrity, Influence and Unambiguity feel at home in The Yellow Room. In many facets of life, they possess the personal and mental freedom that is needed to realize their full potential. They have an unyielding faith in the future and its opportunities; they hold on to their personal integrity even when their views and identity are under attack; and they have a desire and willpower to seek influence on their own lives, as well as the lives of others.
Focus areas for the yellow space
Intuition – Integrity / Conflict Resolution – Influence – (Self)Insight / Ambiguity
Some people make it all the way from The Blue Room to The Yellow Room several times during their lives.
As individuals, we risk facing situations in our lives that force us re-think our way of living completely. We may have to start all over again and figure out a way to gain new knowledge about the way our world works. When the foundation of our knowledge shifts, we are often forced to change the way we perceive and experience reality. We might see this new position as a chance to rethink our mental platforms. We are forced to look at our ego in a new way, make new and different relationships, and ask completely new questions to ourselves about what life is all about.