Why Whole Brain® Thinking and HBDI®

Why Whole Brain® Thinking and HBDI®

The truth is – we think between 50 000 – 80 000 thoughts a day, though the jury is still out on whether it’s 50k or 80k thoughts, the point is that we spend a lot of our time – awake and asleep THINKING.  And our thinking drives everything we do, absolutely everything.  

And so I think that it’s so important that we become more mindful of not only what we think but also how we think.  So much of this sits in patterns, so if we can increase the awareness of our thinking patterns, then we can ensure we are continuously setting ourselves up with the best thinking we need for that particular situation we are navigating.  

This is why I was drawn to the work of Whole Brain® Thinking and subsequently the HBDI® ( Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument®) thinking instrument.  We have instruments to measure personality, team effectiveness and all sorts of other things.  Whole Brain® Thinking is a framework that focuses on thinking.  And the HBDI® assessment, developed from research conducted by Ned Herrmann, can reveal insights about your particular thinking preferences and the bonus is that you also see what happens to your thinking under pressure.  

I’m grateful to Melanie Kiley for introducing me to think work. Immediately in my conversation with Mel, I became excited because as someone fascinated by curiosity and learning, the ability to recognise how you think in different situations or what your natural thinking style is is key to understanding how to optimise your learning, curiosity and your work. 

I think that with the world we are in today, a world of so much change and uncertainty, I think it’s valuable to have this conversation with people about how they think and learn, and how best to optimise their thinking and learning opportunities. The ambiguous and complex world that we’re in is not going to become less complex and we can’t wave a magic wand to fix that. But the magic wand is this awareness of what your thinking is because once you know what it is, you can learn to manage yourself even better. 

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