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Did you know we all have “thinking preferences” that affect the way we view the world, relate to people and even run our businesses?

Dr. Robyn Wilson, executive coach and resident expert in leadership development using HBDI (a type of question-answer brain mapping model), says that becoming 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 HBDI model identifies four different modes of thinking:

1) Analytical thinking: logical, factual, critical, technical and quantitative.

Analytical thinkers like to: collect data, analyse, understand how things work, judge ideas based on facts, criteria and logical reasoning.

2) Sequential thinking: safekeeping, structured, organized, complexity or detailed, planned.

Sequential thinkers like to: follow directions, carry out detail oriented work and step-by-step problem solving, organisation and implementation.

3) Interpersonal thinking: kinesthetic, emotional, spiritual, sensory, feeling.

Interpersonal thinkers like to: listen to and express ideas, look for personal meaning, pursue sensory input, and group interaction.

4) Imaginative thinking: visual, holistic, intuitive, innovative, and conceptual.

Imaginative thinkers like to: look at the big picture, take initiative, challenge assumptions, visualise, think metaphorically and creatively, as well as long term.

The theory is based on the brain’s cerebral cortex and limbic systems and the research into left-right brain laterilisation. (Lat-er-illi-sation, great word, huh).

Apparently, we each have a mode of thinking that dictates how we digest information and breakdown problems. Which one do you think you are?

You’d need the official test to be sure, but once equipped with the knowledge, you can be clearer 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.

What to learn more? Get in touch with PRAXIS Management Consulting for your very own brain map.

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