Efficacy of Understanding Spatial Intelligence in Defining Work Roles
However, SRT also pertains to the interpersonal world. Interpersonal systems exist in organizations, in work related relationships or any domain that comprises groups who interact. The functional efficacy of their ability to work as a group, or team is contingent upon their understanding of “how” they process this dynamic when interacting with one another.
Spatial Relations Visualization (SRV) by contrast is the ability to see in three-dimensions when only given two. It is the capacity to regard a blueprint and construct an animated 3-D visual image. This innate ability may be used to spatially evidence the integrity of a project’s design that actualizes a sense of accomplishment. However, another person’s measureable spatial acuity might be satisfied with the mere concept alone. Their perception is focused more on the task at hand and “what” needs to be done to complete the project itself.
Spatial Abilities in Context
In its simplest terms, the blend of spatial intelligence reasoning defines “how” individuals perceive problems and “what” is required to affect change. The following descriptors differentiate “how” individuals are hard-wired to respond to problems in their purview:
Engineer: (H SRT + H SRV)
An Engineer is fulfilled when given a task to conceptualize or produce something tangible that needs to be designed and built. In order to engineer the creation, a person has to comprehend the theory behind it so the tangible creation will function according to its design. This represents a spatial need to be a part of the process from inception to completion, so that they might say, “I designed that.”
Builder: (L SRT + H SRV)
A Builder is fulfilled when given a project to construct a concrete product that is tangible. This “hands on” pattern empowers individuals to relate to the concrete or real world. While working with or producing “things,” this combination of abilities emphasizes the construction or production of physical results.
Theoretician: (H SRT + L SRV)
The Theoretician is fulfilled when fully engaged in determining “how” something works, whether it is tangible or intangible. Further, they have an appreciation for the acumen of others who can actually build it. It is the natural capacity to understand theoretical positions. However, they do not feel the urge to work with physical tools, equipment, or objects on a daily basis. This ability pattern emphasizes the theoretical and intangible world of relationships, systems and interconnectedness. It facilitates a “what if” systems thinking understanding of the big picture or the “why” that undergirds the method.
Executor: (L SRT + L SRV)
An Executor is fulfilled when they know “what” needs to be done (expectations) and are not subsumed with the need to know “why” or “how” it is going to function. They develop their abilities through experience using visual references to evidence “what” works based upon their experiential knowledge. While they may have an affinity to working with their hands, they may feel challenged if their job responsibilities are related to the creative R-directed (right brain) thinking that is outside their realm of spatial acuity.
Delineating spatial acuity is relevant to individuaitve work roles. It defines their capacity to comprehend “what” others may be expressing theoretically and then visualizing “how” its application is appropriate in resolving problems. If they cannot follow the linear logic of an approach on one level, they may be able to construe “why” a solution works using their R-directed spatial abilities to remediate the problem itself.
From an enterprise perspective, drawing out the potential of each employee is critical to effective team dynamics and morale. If one leader presumes others understand their role and appears dismissive, the cohesive veracity of the team will cycle out of synch. In response to this, tuning the minds of certain team members may be required by partnering with another counterpart to explain the spatial dynamic. This collaboration offers an intuitive method to align others on the same wavelength to embrace any enterprise solution as being efficacious.
Finally, if each individual possesses a gifted mind, then understanding “how” they work and “why” deploying these abilities in their work roles converge, offering the synergy to flourish. It is a matter of being assigned tasks that tap into their unique reservoirs of talent. Individuative minds function best when they find their ideal work “flow.” They accomplish tasks by drawing upon their gifted resources. Formatively, they are allowed to project their insight as a mechanism to make value-oriented and innovative contributions to the team. As a result, interpersonal dynamics will be accentuated through a collaboration of spatial strengths to fulfill work role expectations and performance in any goal-oriented value based system.