OBSERVE – I harness all your senses . . .
using man-made instruments as well, to receive and experience what is going on
e.g. see, hear, taste, etc., to notice the warmth or chill of an atmosphere, to pick up the flavour of a report or meeting.
What Observe Delivers
Observe is for giving and gaining experience through all the senses; your living exchange with the world. It provides information in the forms of evidence, enriched sensory perceptions and the results of experiments.
How to use Observe
You were doing this before you were born, for Observe is your primary source or input about the world around you. You may enhance the quality, magnitude or accuracy of any of your senses through instruments. Yet Observe is not pure science, as it may be influenced by your values, predictions and the level you choose to be operating on. But the overriding drive is for reality and Truth.
What do I know from doing it or feeling it for myself: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting?
Where you need Observe
Observe when either sending or receiving information, to find out, share, tell or show to someone else. Observing affects how you experience everything – or fail to – so it is essential for communicators. You can even see imagination as a super-refined version of Observe. Whilst everyone uses this Thunk all the time, there are many skills that some people develop for each sense to a specialised degree, to help them to perform exceptionally well or to become specialist professionals in their field, like musicians, dancers, painters, joiners, blacksmiths, glass blowers, thatchers, osteopaths, physiotherapists, astronomers, gardeners and so on…
Is there any work, when you do it well, that doesn’t require Observe?
CODE – I choose the form for truth . . .
using and appreciating the appropriate medium for the message
e.g. express meaning through gesture, jargon, slang, music, crying, braille, sign-language, colour-coding, etc.
What Code Delivers
Code is used to choose how you should convey your message to reach the receiver effectively so that s/he fully understands it, enabling a real exchange of understanding. Code helps you give clear communication in an authentic way that suits both you and your receiver, however difficult this might be with a diverse audience.
How to use Code
In tricky circumstances when ‘taking it the wrong way’ can happen all too easily this is just when Code is vital. This Thunk supports mastery of language, but also recognises there are many different forms of language: tone, body gestures, timing, place and situation. Yet thinking only of the other people is not good enough if you are not true to your own self and way of operating. Nor can you stoop to spin, because spin is a subversion of Truth. Some people become leaders just for their skill with Code.
How will this message come over to them without misleading in any way?
Where you need Code
Obviously when your impact on other people matters, Code is your close companion. For example:
• when you consider the varied weights other people will assign to their values and criteria in a decision,
• for any form of persuasion and influence, especially selling or making a bid or proposal,
• taking a new idea or invention forward into innovation
When you are alone is Code with you then as well? How do you talk to yourself?