Team building

SEMINAR THE HUMAN ELEMENT®:  Relating to yourself and relating to others


The first step towards solving organisation and leadership problems is to get to know yourself as best as possible, as an individual and as a member of a group.
The ‘HUMAN ELEMENT®’ approach of the American psychologist and statistician, Will Schutz, presents a method that aims at helping each person to achieve his or her own potential to the full and also become really effective professionally

Well-Being at work and team performance

An enterprise is an organisation, made up of a group of individuals who put their personal and collective skills to work to reach a common objective.
The more someone commits his or her potential for the benefit of the group, the better the result will be.
In the complex world of today, the criteria of excellence are creativity and reactivity, for the capacity to innovate is the factor that makes all the difference:

  • Creativity is not linked to any mental knowledge, but rather to a flood of energy, connected to the pleasure and motivation each person finds in taking part in the global project.
  • Reactivity is being able to solve everyday problems of all kinds efficiently and it depends directly on the general atmosphere that exists in the firm, since any difficulty of collaboration between two departments or two people can slow down the whole process.

During the 70’s,Will Schutz, an American psychologist and statistician, carried out his experiments within structures as varied as the US Navy, the Nasa, universities, hospitals and industrial firms all over the world. His studies revealed that thequality of the relationships between members of a team is the backbone of the
motivation and creativity required for the success of a common project. In other words, if the result obtained by the team is average or disappointing, it is not because the members of the team approach the problems to be solved differently or because they have different types of personality or even because circumstances are bad.
The performance of the team is linked to the ‘reigning atmosphere’ that allows each person to assert him or herself and make safe progress in the group. This also concerns personal criteria, and more especially, the quality of each member of the group’s self-esteem.

What Schutz suggests with the Human Element method is a process of improvement in the quality of human relationships.
The first step is personal awareness, via the reinforcement of your self-esteem.

  • understanding yourself better
  • understanding your preferences and other people’s in terms of relations
  • experimenting communication skills that respect different points of view.


All this paves the way for healthy and authentic interactions. The problems that arise are no longer risks of open or latent conflicts, but become problems to be solved together.
The Human Element is an effective method for establishing an atmosphere of cooperation, favouring the development of individual potentials working for the cohesion of the team, towards the success of the global project.

Here is the programme for the first course ‘Relating to oneself and relating to:

Once we have established the operational framework for the course that is necessary forthe safety and comfort of each member of the group, we will study the concepts of ‘truth’ and ‘choice’ which are the pillars of the human element.

Then we will study human behaviour again, with the following three questions:
Why is it important for me to have many contacts or do I prefer to be alone more frequently?
 Am I more at ease when I take over, give orders and decide or do I prefer not to have any decisions to make? Which attitude is the most familiar to me? What about when I am stressed?
Do I express my feelings, thoughts and emotions naturally?
Then will come the moment when you take what you feel into consideration and this will give you the opportunity to discover how fears or anxiety can transform the other person’s vision and put people in a self defensive or aggressive position.

Finally, for you to reach a better understanding of yourself, we will use self-observation of our own behaviour and our feelings about ourselves.

During these workshops, the experiences carried out will allow each member of the group to learn about him or herself, in different situations, through:

  • games
  • physical activities
  • visualisations
  • questionnaires
  • feedback exercises between members of the group.