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Harmonic Learning is a company with a purpose... Creating More Harmony In The World Through Learning. Our Harmonic Work-Styles Model, assessments, and learning programs provide individuals and organizations with a path to strengthen communication, increase interpersonal awareness, and heighten leadership skills.

Harmonic Relation Model


This is the blog of Brian L. French where you'll find pondering's about the Harmonic Learning programs.

Harmonic Relation Model

Brian Lowell French

Hi Folks,

I'm Brian L. French, with Harmonic Learning, and I'm here to tell you about the Harmonic Relation Model, an exciting new model that describes our Work-Style preferences in how we can best communicate, lead and team with others.

The model provides a close-up mirror that allows us to see ourselves more clearly. Though close-up mirrors can be a bit scary (especially for old goomers like me who have plenty of scars and wrinkles), it's a good thing for us to see the good, as well as the not-so-good stuff in us, because that's the only way that we can develop and improve.

We call it a Work-Style 'Relational Model' because it allows us to see the relation between different people as we communicate and interrelate with one another in the workplace. It also indicates our Leadership style, as well as how we prefer to work together on a team. It's akin to a behavioral assessment in that the model does show behaviors that are typically exhibited by a given type when interacting and communicating with others.

Let's break it down a bit. You'll see in the simple view of the model provided below, that there are six Harmonic Relation Work-Style Types. The name of the type serves as the main description of that type's preferences when interrelating and communicating with others. It also describes that type's innate leadership style.

  • Engagers engage with others and communicate through conveying emotions.
  • Encouragers encourage others, and communicate by externalizing thoughts.
  • Speakers speak to others, and communicate by speaking forthrightly.
  • Doers do things for others, and communicate by conveying ideas.
  • Observers observe others, and communicate by internalizing thoughts.
  • Helpers help others, and communicate by speaking politely.
 See the full view of the model within our learning programs.

See the full view of the model within our learning programs.

Note that the full version of the model is found within each of our Harmonic Work-Style based courses. The full model includes a list of eight behaviors for each of the types - behaviors that are commonly displayed as that type interacts with others in the workplace.

Now, here's where the model gets interesting (and where the close-up mirror gets even closer). There are two sides to the model. The Positive-Traits side lists the communication preferences and supporting behaviors that a given type shows when in a good and positive mood. But the flip-side displays the Negative-Traits; the communication challenges and detracting behaviors that a given type shows when in a bad and negative mood.

This delineation between the Positive-Traits and the Negative-Traits is what sets the Harmonic Relation Model apart, and what makes it an extremely powerful tool in learning how to better lead, interrelate, and communicate with others.

It is also, frankly, what can make it a bit scary, because most of us do not want to look in that close-up mirror. Most of us do not want to have to admit that some of the things we do are viewed by others as negative. And most of us do not want to have to try to change from the way we've always lived and worked (being stuck in the mud might feel good... mud is supposed to be good for our pores, right?).

It's completely understandable to feel trepidation, and to want to hesitate from taking the assessment and seeing the close-up reflection that it will provide. But the potential benefit far outweighs the possible uncomfortable feeling.

It might help to know that we provide the learning in a way that is very pragmatic and practical, with a key message being that nobody is perfect... we all display the Negative-Traits at times. And we can work together to help each other live more on the Positive-Traits side. So, we're all in this thing together, and together we can sing with more harmony (and yes, there are a lot of musical metaphors that we use throughout the training, as one might expect based on the name of our company).

We invite you to begin your Harmonic Learning journey by exploring our learning programs to become a stronger communicator, better leader, and fully engaged teammate.