The following question arose during a search for new effective methods: what if it were possible to create a space adapted to a person’s individual characteristics that would help to reveal a manager’s strengths and successful strategies? Is there a way of consolidating coaching results in an interior and ensuring that the environment contributes to the achievement of long-term objectives and demonstrates the talents of a specific person? This is an interior creation method that shifts the focus from the effect on others to the effect that the space has on the owner of the office or home.
Based on traditional and modern psychology and a wave of current design trends, the lifecoachdesign method is intended to embody a person’s own style of organization within a private or office interior, and hence to provide the person with external support in the implementation and achievement of goals.
By analogy, the type of ergonomics that is widely used in design adapts rooms to physical factors, whereas lifecoachdesign works with mental processes and an individual’s way of perceiving and absorbing information by adapting a space to factors crucial to personal efficiency.
When we talk about mental processes, we mean filters and channels of perception (audio, visual, kinaesthetic), decision-making methods, strategies for achieving results, meta programs (such as activeness/reflectiveness, motivation for avoidance or achievement, attitude towards time, internal or external reference, generalization or identification of details, etc.), value systems, and a person’s view of long-term objectives.
The perception system functions in such a way that information arriving from the outside via sensory channels passes through filters of personal experience and acquires a certain meaning. The classic example used by psychologists is as follows: a round green object with a smooth surface, an approximate diameter of 12cm and a small indentation on top is interpreted as an apple. At a more refined level, emotions are identified and states are transmitted. Internal processes and acquired experience stored in one’s memory using sensory codes can be recognized in the same way.
The developers of neurolinguistic programming used the laws of the perception system to identify and describe the strategies of successful people and proposed a way of transferring and teaching them.
Each of us possesses a number of effective strategies of our own. We proceed from the assumption that if they can be described, then they can be manifested outwardly, too, in a three-dimensional space through the same language of sensory information using colour, volumes, illumination, intensity, size, distance, density, surface structure or other tools.
A projection of success, the development process and long-term objectives that strengthens the necessary aspects and helps us to keep sight of our priorities and the direction we are heading in, as well as the result we want, is thereby created in the external space.
Psychologists advise us to visualize future achievements in the form of maps, and to periodically review them. The work with spatial modelling is continuing, and we want to stay within the realm of these micro-signals, which are imperceptible to an outside observer but carry information to the person for whom it is intended.
In practice, work on a project using the lifecoachdesign method consists of three stages. During the first stage, all of the necessary information is collected, the development priority is selected and the factors that support development are identified.
During the next stage, the collected information is transferred to sensory maps by various means, including direct and indirect associations, analogies, metaphors, creative drawing, collages, etc. The client is given a laboratory of samples and colour and light schemes. This work yields clear processes for the application of mental maps to a specific space. This stage replaces the conceptual phase of traditional design projects.
During the third stage, the architect uses all of the information obtained to create a complete interior for a working or living space by contributing his or her professionalism and style to it.
This method links coaching with partnership with the client and a common desire to achieve a positive result, contributing to personal growth and realisation of objectives.
The interior thus created should be periodically reviewed in order to adjust it and add new elements on the basis of the results already obtained.
This is a new and growing area. Research programmes involving specialist institutions that are intended to identify the most effective working methods as well as to obtain more comprehensive statistics on the effects of external support when this method is used are also planned in the very near future.