LeadU presents Four Directions


Four Directions

I believe that a significant amount of our behavior can be classified by directional values vectors.

These four [five] directions are:
—away from
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While this meets a test for simple, it might not meet the test of "no simpler".

However, in order to have shorthand for explaining and interpreting our behavior, these directional vectors or four movements can help us understand the clues to a deeper, more sophisticated set of "combinatorial effects”.

These MetaSystems of behavior, even though oversimplified by just four directions, can be efficient, effective, and sustainable (EES) approaches to creating dialogue around behavior.

When I combine the four directions with motive systems and Gravesian/spiral value systems, I can construct the following matrix for your use:

With —>BE – Affiliation – Sacrifice of Self to Get Now

Against —>DO – Power – Express Self to Get Now

Towards —>HAVE – Achievement – Express Self, to Get Later

Away From —>BECOME – Avoidance – Sacrifice of Self to Get Later

A 5th Direction is emerging.  Stay tuned for the addition of CONTRIBUTE…

Helpful Hint: These directional values vectors allow us to superimpose a significant amount of behavior into these movements.  We KNOW that each of us has several movements occurring in various amounts at the same time, making it somewhat difficult for the uniformed to know which is means or ends.

However, with some training of how to find the signal in the noise, each of us can evaluate our own behavior, as well as the behavior of others, and provide meaningful ways to discuss this behavior towards many ends.

Action Step: Notice "significant" behavior — occurring routinely and in standard ways or approaches — and see it through the four directions, noticing the amount of movement that takes place in which direction.

Often this gives us insights to deeper inborn characteristics, needs, and ends.

Usually we can formulate a behavioral map of ourselves in particular contexts, under particular conditions, where similar code is usually generated.  This then paints a picture of algorithmic density and the direction or movement, most of us call home base…where the greatest density of our values emerges.

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    Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting, coaching, mentoring and advising as methods to offer developmental scaffolding for aspiring leaders who are interested in being, doing, having, becoming, and contributing… to helping people have lives.

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