My motivation for using Lumina Spark

I’ve recently shared my experience of using Lumina with coaches from the ICF New York Chapter via their webinar. (Look out for more webinars coming soon!).

Part of my instant interest in Lumina Spark was that my own profile captured parts of my personality that I know are core to me, in a way that no other profile had revealed. When I debriefed my own profile I found myself talking about my behavior in different contexts, rather than about my type or my character / qualities.

So I started using the tool with my own clients and it quickly became my preferred diagnostic to use whenever I got to choose. I want to share this tool with you because I think it will genuinely interest people who want to think critically about the diagnostics, people whose inner geek does a little dance about psychometrics, and people who are interested in the personality assessment market or who are considering adding something new to their toolbox.

I use it as a diagnostic assessment to help my clients know themselves better and define their development needs. Because it measures at a trait level, rather than a type level, I can show my clients why their behavior is as it is as and how it changes in different situations.

For example, Jane had received feedback that her style was direct and at times overbearing. Behind her back people described her as aggressive and this perception was holding her back. Yet she felt strongly that she was in fact a highly motivated team player who wanted to get everyone performing to the best of their ability. In her own mind, her pushy behavior was a form of encouragement. When Jane took the Lumina Spark she scored highly on both the collaborative and competitive qualities. As her coach, I was able to use the data to enable her to see that these seemingly contradictory traits coexist, but that only one of them is visible to the people around her. We discussed the triggers for her overbearing behavior; when and with whom does her collaborative trait manifest, and came up with a plan for how she could better demonstrate her care for her team without losing her authenticity.

In another case, Joe was a high achieving technical expert who prided himself in the quality of his work. In Joe’s Lumina Spark, his score on Reliability was high in all three modes – Underlying, Everyday and Overextended. By using this data, I was able to get Joe to see how Reliability (i.e. Delivering on your promises) is a positive quality in his Underlying and Everyday modes, but under pressure, he relies on it to such an extent that he risks burning himself out and damaging his personal relationships. Joe’s insight was that peak performance is a curve, not a constant flat line at 120% of his capacity. The insight from the data led to Joe identifying what causes him pressure, how he could identify the early warning signs, and what he could do to maintain a healthy Reliability.

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