Course Length: 1-day Note: Course requires a minimum of four students

Overview of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®), the assessment at the heart of the Herrmann Whole Brain® Thinking System.

Whole Brain® Thinking is a methodology designed to help thinkers, teams and organizations better benefit from all the thinking available to them. It acknowledges that while different tasks require different mental processes, and different people prefer different kinds of thinking, organizations will get better results when they can strategically leverage the full spectrum of thinking available.

Each person has thinking preferences, some strong, others intermediate. Those preferences develop into dominances, and without the awareness of those preferences, you may fall victim to blind spots when it comes to other people’s ways of thinking. But Whole Brain® Thinking reminds us that everyone has access to all four ways of thinking. Applying Whole Brain® Thinking means being able to fully leverage one’s own preferences, stretch to other quadrants when necessary, and adapt to and take advantage of the preferences of those around you to improve performance and results.

Course Description

Start thinking lays the foundation for individuals to understand their thinking preferences. It is the bases for advanced courses to drive innovation and revenue growth, increase productivity and engagement, and lead to change management initiatives. In addition to introducing Whole Brain® Thinking concepts and their application to everyday business, the workshop also includes a review of the participant’s Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument® (HBDI®) profile and focuses on thinking preferences.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the Whole Brain Model™
  • Recognize the four dominant thinking styles
  • Recognize the thinking styles of others
  • Explain the meaning of the HBDI® scores and understand their implications
  • Use a Whole Brain® Thinking tool to examine a business issue or challenge from multiple dimensions
  • Analyze work tasks and activities to determine which thinking styles are need for each

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Diversity

Lesson 3: Our Four Different Selves

Lesson 4: Class Exercise

Lesson 5: Examine Your Own Profile

Lesson 6: HBDI® Results

Lesson 7: Sharing Profiles

Lesson 8: Quadrant Clusters

Lesson 9: Apply Whole Brain® Thinking to a Business Challenge

Lesson 10: Your Profile at Work

Lesson 11: Strengths and Frustrations

Lesson 12: Start Thinking Action Plan

Lesson 13: Share an Insight and Action

Lesson 14: Class summary

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