When Harry met Sally. . .
It’s the stuff of situation comedy: free-spirited love child meets obsessive control freak. Ambitious law graduate flats with unemployed party animal. Artists, intellectuals and sports stars are all forced to work together on a school project.
These stories engage us because they contain plenty of dramatic tension and we can laugh as wildly different characters look at each other in mutual incomprehension. Underpinning it all is the hope that they’ll eventually see each other’s strengths and learn to compromise so they can live happily ever after.
It’s not that different in the workplace, with one important exception: a lot more is at stake.
Ned Herrmann, former head of Management Development for General Electric, devised the Whole Brain Thinking system in the 1970s.
His model identifies four main areas of thinking processing: Rational, Practical, Feeling and Experimental. Most of us lean towards two of the four and this preference significantly affects our thinking, communication, ability to understand others, and likelihood of reaching our potential.
Watch this video for an introduction to HBDI:
Organisations think too
The Herrmann Whole Brain Thinking model can equally apply to organisations. One company might focus on financials and logistics at the expense of people and innovation, stifling growth. Another might emphasise R&D without properly safeguarding its products and intellectual property.
It’s hard to move forward when you’re off-balance.
How Whole Brain Thinking can help your business
We use Whole Brain Thinking as a framework for your organisation. We design communication structures and processes to allow you to think outside the square, make the most of your people and develop your organisation.
We deliver training courses that apply the HBDI model to communication, leadership, team development, conflict resolution and negotiating win-win situations.
We aim to help develop high-performing teams that promote innovation and deliver bottom-line results.
Our presenters are HBDI certified practitioners and national experts in Herrmann Whole Brain Thinking assessments.
Email us or phone 03 545 6566 for a specification and quote.