Seminar using the assessment tool Lumina Spark

We support your organizational review, team building, and communication improvement.

(1) Team Buildingp12_01

We tackle how to improve productivity as a team under a normal circumstance by each member deepening their self-awareness and understanding how and where other members differ from them. Then we take on the challenge of sustaining high productivity in a commonplace stressful situation (such as due to the lack of time, manpower, and other resources) by predicting how each member is prone to act under such a circumstance. The seminar is designed to generate team work and group spirit.

(2) Communication improvement

We learn that different types of people prefer different styles of communication. Through repeated role play, we hone our powers of observation so we may promptly grasp the communication type of each of our coworkers. Some prefer detailed data at the outset while others request to see the big picture first. The purpose of this seminar is to raise workplace productivity by becoming capable of modulating our communication style in accordance with each of our team members.

(3) Understanding diversity

Misunderstanding and conflict can easily emerge when an organization starts a cross sectional project or members of different races, ethnic groups, nationalities, etc. are selected to work together, if each individual adopts their standard national rule assuming that it is universal and absolute. It is therefore incumbent upon the team to firmly accept each member’s uniqueness and to embrace the competitive edge resulting from such diversity. The Japanese tend to regard similarity and sameness as something desirable. The purpose of this seminar is to train the participants to be more receptive to diversity.

About the assessment tool Luminap7_01

Constructed on the foundation of Jungian psychoanalysis and the personality traits according to the Big Five Inventory, Lumina is the world’s cutting-edge tool for personality tests and self-analysis designed by the British company Lumina Learning based on the latest empirical research by the University of Westminster.

Four main features

a) Visual

As the method uses the four colors of red, yellow, green, and blue, it has a visual effect—with the consequence that it will stick in memory and that it is easy to grasp since it comes intuitively.

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b) How it treats personality traits normally considered opposites (e.g., extroverted and introverted)

Based on the fundamental assumption that a human is a complex being, Lumina avoids conceiving of any person as 100% extroverted and 0% introverted for example. Instead, Lumina takes the position that an individual can be both extroverted and introverted and that the sum need not be 100%.

c) Three personas

You will be able to understand how you change depending on the circumstances—the Underlying (immanent) self, the Everyday self, and the Overextended (stressed) self.

Three personas

This person’s underlying persona is very Extraverted and uses a lot of Red energy. She has an innate preference for seeking positions of influence within a group. She is usually very Extraverted and this can be observed, infused with Yellow energy, in your everyday persona.
She might notice that when she is under lots of pressure her overextended persona is quite Yellow energy driven and Extraverted. Sometimes, in her effort to engage someone in conversation, she can come across as insensitive of other’s personal boundaries.

d) Organizational review

By reviewing the organization in its Underlying, Everyday, and Overextended profiles, you will discover the strengths of the organization, as well as areas to watch out for.

Team Mandala

The pale blue, slightly larger circle represents the persona of the team as a whole, weighting each member’s data. The mandala of the team’s Underlying persona shows that it is strongly results-driven, despite the fact that it is comprised of a diversity of members. However, the Everyday persona tends to be highly introverted since actual responsibilities require that they work at the PCs, leaving the president the only one driven by results. The mandala of the Overextended persona reveals that the team is inclined to seek fixed rules under stress. What we can learn from this case study is that the manager needs to encourage the team to take a breather now and then and to lead the members to be focused on results.

Lumina Learning Practitionerp7_01

Lumina Spark is a personality trait assessment tool designed and developed by the British company Lumina Learning. It is used in 40 countries around the globe. Their practitioners can leverage Lumina Spark to design and run training and coaching programs tailored to the distinct needs of each corporation. To date, their activity as organizational reformer as well as human capital coach has taken LUMINA to 40 countries and impacted over 1,000 corporations and educational institutions worldwide. They will customize the program and offer original training to meet the specific set of issues and needs of each corporation and institution.

Mikako Suzuki is the only practitioner in Japan who served as the head of HR at big name corporations such as DHL Japan and interviewed more than 10,000 candidates.

Customer feedback

Now I know the tendency of my team as a whole!

Unlike other vocational aptitude tests, Lumina was easier to take because the results are verbalized in detail and the personality traits are visualized and expressed by varying degrees of the spectrum from one end to the other. It was a great gain that it allowed me to realize the tendency of the team as a whole. The test persuasively showed me how each type reacts under stress. It was a helpful insight. I came away with the important lesson that I need to deepen my understanding of both myself and others so I will be able to avoid the trap of thinking I am always right.

The role play exercise taught me a critical lesson.

I learned a critical lesson in the communication role play exercise: I need to calibrate my influencing technique depending on the person since different individuals require different methods of persuasion. I was also made to realize that knowledge is one thing but practice is quite another. Studying the results afterwards, I realized that I had attempted to influence in my habituated style. My takeaway was that it is vital to learn to respond flexibly while I retain my ordinary style as the basic approach.

It helped me realize that my commonsense may be against someone else’s.

I was grateful for being reminded that each person has a different character, inclination, and preference. In particular, the test helped me realize that what I consider commonsensical may be against someone’s commonsense. The tool allowed me to see that a team benefits from the diversity of its members. I also liked the fact that, instead of sitting the whole time, Lumina got us to move our bodies, getting up and exchanging our cards as well as moving forward step by step. I especially appreciated discovering how I was being perceived by others as I got up and exchanged cards.