Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Different thinking styles
Whole Brain Thinking & Assessment
•The concept and process of Whole Brain thinking was discovered and pioneered over 35 years ago by Ned Herrmann, a physicist, entrepreneur, artist and musician.
•Ned spent most of his career as a manager at GE Corporate Headquarters. Based on Ned's research, and the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI), we now know that the brain is comprised of four areas, or quadrants (A,B,C,& D) that control the way we learn, interpret, process information, and interact with others.
What is Whole Brain Thinking?
•Whole Brain thinking means using all of the brain's 4 highly specialized functions and thought processes.
•Every person's brain has the same four quadrants, but not everyone uses them in the same way as anyone else, or with the same strength of preference. (You probably already know that from talking to people who just don't "get it!").
•Using Whole Brain thinking in your personal and professional life requires you to stretch across to other, less-preferred quadrants to get the job done, work better with your team, or talk to you partner or children with greater clarity (for them).
What are the Four Brain Quadrants?
Below are the quadrant descriptions that comprise any thinking style (based on the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) and Whole Brain Thinking Model):
•Analyze: This quadrant of your brain is looking for facts, logic, statistics and data. The information will answer the question, "What?," and provides the rationale for listening, taking action, or making buying decisions.
•Organize: This part of your brain wants details, preferably arranged in a systematic way (e.g., linear and sequential). It also is concerned with safety, reliability, and history. It looks for answers to the question, "How?“
•Personalize: Here, your brain is searching for an emotional connection from the personal who is speaking, or to the person who is listening. The emotional component is a strong motivating factor, and it needs you to answer the question, "Who?“
Strategize: The fourth quadrant looks for the big picture, a vision of the future. It likes to set long-term goals and explore possibilities. It searches for an answer to the question, "Why?"
What is the difference between the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) & MBTI?
People sometimes confuse the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) with other assessments, so let's set the record straight:
•The HBDI inspired by the physiology of your brain ; is based on a metaphor of how our brain actually works, and is used to determine thinking preferences and thinking styles. The model demonstrates that each of us has access to all four styles (in contrast to other assessment models).
•The MBTI — Myers-Briggs Type Indicator — is a psychological assessment that determines one of 16 personality types.
•The HBDI is the only assessment based on the metaphor for how the brain works, rather than the psychology of personality or behavior, and provides a clear picture of how people prefer to think and learn. This gives the HBDI and the Whole Brain Model great applicability to a wide range of business challenges, and makes it a practical tool to take the information learned beyond individual data, and into a new way of thinking.