Approach | The Human Element® Methodology

The Human Element® Methodology provides a comprehensive approach for Organizational Transformation for business leaders and practitioners

In the words of its creator Will Schutz, PhD, The Human Element approach is the “full realization of FIRO Theory.” It is applied in organizations through The Human Element program — training that creates an open atmosphere in which people can solve problems — in conjunction with consulting and coaching all based on the principles and concepts from the approach.

Starts with the individual

increasing personal awareness

Builds skills for working together

build team capacity

Consulting | Training | Coaching

creating lasting organizational transformation

At the heart of all human functioning is the self. The best solutions to organizational and leadership issues require self-awareness as an essential first step. Deeper self-awareness leads to self-acceptance and then self-esteem. As individuals gain self-awareness and self-esteem, they become more open and honest with their co-workers. They redirect the energy they now use for defensiveness, withholding, and other interpersonal struggles into productive work.

Will Schutz, Ph.D.

An integrated methodology that combines experiential learning based on…

Principles of The Human Element®


Awareness creates clarity

The higher our level of self-awareness and self-esteem, the more our behavior becomes rational and less defensive. When we are aware, we work better with others.


Openness is the grand simplifier

Openness is the fastest way to solve problems, period. It facilitates teamwork, decision-making, and helps us to be more effective and efficient.

Self Determination

Choice creates accountability

The choices we make — what we do and don’t do, what we are aware of and what we’re not — create our outcomes. Each one of us is 100% responsible for the situation we are in. 


Aliveness creates engagement

When people use themselves fully, they are productive, creative, and joyful. The organization becomes a fabulous and incredibly productive place to work.

A Different View

The key principles of The Human Element, when applied, change many of our common beliefs about teamwork, leadership accountability, decision making, performance appraisal, change, truth, empowerment, ethics, stress, and self-esteem. These new assumptions can have a profound effect on our work, our relationships, and our lives.