Ever thought about how your brain affects the way you connect and communicate with people?
At today’s Startup Conversations event we played a game to shed a little insight. (Imagine, women in startup all congregated for a dose of daily learning only to end up playing games! What can we say, we like to have fun while we work!)
It turns out our “thinking preferences” affect the way we view the world, relate to people and even run our businesses. To illustrate the point, Dr Robyn Wilson (Athena board advisor and executive coach) took us through an activity to makes us aware of our thinking preferences (or maybe even thinking biases?)
Through the exercise we were able to understand ourselves more – and perhaps more importantly, others more. Becoming more aware of our thinking preferences allows us to see how we can better relate to others as well as accommodate our own thinking style to provide a more holistic approach to our businesses (and lives!)
The activity, based on the HBDI model, identifies four different modes of thinking:
1) Analytical thinking: logical, factual, critical, technical and quantitative.
Preferred activities : collecting data, analysis, understanding how things work, judging ideas based on facts, criteria and logical reasoning.
2) Sequential thinking: safekeeping, structured, organized, complexity or detailed, planned.
Preferred activities : following directions, detail oriented work, step-by-step problem solving, organization and implementation.
3) Interpersonal thinking: Kinesthetic, emotional, spiritual, sensory, feeling.
Preferred activities : listening to and expressing ideas, looking for personal meaning, sensory input, and group interaction.
4) Imaginative thinking: Visual, holistic, intuitive, innovative, and conceptual.
Preferred activities : Looking at the big picture, taking initiative, challenging assumptions, visuals, metaphoric thinking, creative problem solving, long term thinking.
The theory is based on the brain’s cerebral cortex and limbic systems and the research into left-right brain laterilization (that’s a great word isn’t it? Lat-er-il-zation).
Apparently we each have a mode of thinking that dictates how we digest information and breakdown problems. Which on do you think you are?
You’d need the official test to be sure, but once equipped with the knowledge, you can be more clear on your strengths and dare say shortcomings – as well as who you need to collaborate to have the most complete approach to starting and sustaining a business.
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Hope to meet you soon!