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Navigating The Return To Work

We would like to present a slightly left-field view on how you could approach resolving these issues...

The Question of Compatibility

At the end of the day, communication is a huge part of any type of relationship, professional or otherwise, and if we cannot “speak the other person’s language” then we’re unlikely to get along except on a surface level.


Mapping Motivation for Leadership

Mapping Motivation for Leadership

Chapter 4 introduces the Five Elements model and how it is a heuristic device for problem solving. Chapter 5 expands the idea of the Five Elements into practical questions to address personal and organisational issues.

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Motivational Maps

Motivational Maps

"Making the invisible visible."

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Using 5E with a Team

5 Elements Team Spreadsheet

Spreadsheet to allow for the 5E communication style of a team to be calculated.



James Sale and The 5E Communication Styles Diagnostic

James Sale discusses The 5E Communication Styles Diagnostic with Marie Ball and guests

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The Magical Number 5...

Everyone knows that three is the magic number. Or is it? In fact, there are many magical numbers. Seven is an obvious example. Seven colours of the rainbow, seven musical notes (that make up all of musical possibility), seven days of the week, seven planets visible from Earth, I could go on! However, one lesser known magical number is the number five. If you are at all familiar with our Five more

The 5 Seasons of Life & Business

In previous articles we’ve covered how the 5 Elements Communication Styles diagnostic covers the 5-step lifecycle of any project. To summarise this in brief:We begin by Checking what we did previously and how successful it was;we then move to Visioning;this vision leads to Planning;plans need Facilitating (or in other terminology: resourcing);penultimately, we implement all of the above (Doing!); more

3 Key Ways You Can Use The 5 Elements Communication Styles Diagnostic!

In our previous articles, we covered the importance of communication, and 5 reasons why you should use the 5 Elements diagnostic. These articles go some way to answering the questions of what and why, though of course there is much more to be said on both topics. Now, we want to cover the “how”! We know why communication is important and we know what 5 Elements tool is, but the final step is to more

5 Reasons to Use The 5 Elements Communication Styles Diagnostic!

 These days, we have so many profiling tools at our disposal, ranging from psychometric tests to self-perception inventories, it is hard to work out which ones we should deploy. Many of these tools have overlapping utility, and some are vastly popular, having become a kind of “industry standard”. However, as is frequently the case, just because the majority of people are following one path, doesn’ more

Communication is not always easy - so how can we help?

The important things you need to know!In our modern world of instant messaging, email, mobile phones, and Zoom, we have the ability to communicate with people all around the world, and in a variety of different ways, perhaps more so than at any other point in human history. However, as we all know, communication is not always as easy as it’s cracked up to be. Even simple ideas or gestures can be more

Self Awareness & The 5 Elements Communication Styles

The critic and philosopher Walter Pater once said that, “‘To see the object as in itself it really is,’ has been justly said to be the aim of all true criticism whatever, and in aesthetic criticism the first step towards seeing one's object as it really is, is to know one's own impression as it really is, to discriminate it, to realise it distinctly” (The Renaissance). Whilst here Pater is more

Navigating the Return to Work

Lockdown has profoundly changed the way we work, and the reality is that it’s unlikely everything will “go back to normal” at this point. As a result, there is understandable uncertainty about what awaits us when businesses are able to operate without restrictions. Some questions crop up frequently when the topic of “returning to work” arises, including: should we bring people back into the more

The Question of Compatibility

 The 5 Elements report provides a solid grounding in which communication styles are more easily compatible with each other and which could potentially struggle and clash. Whilst we’ve approached this from a working perspective, it might well be applied in the instance of friendships, or even romantic interest. At the end of the day, communication is a huge part of any type of relationship, more

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