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HBDI in new format

HBDI Profile Package

Herrmann International has recently updated the HBDI Assessment package to make it more convenient for users.Originally composed of four separate booklets these have now been consolidated into a single package which is easier to use.

Within each personal folder are four sections. The first helps you understand the Whole Brain (R) model. The second takes you through your personal profile step by step and explains it. The third helps you understand how your profile has an impact on your work; it also allows you to understand the mental preferences of others so that you can value their strengths, which may be quite different than your own. Finally you can explore your profile further through additional ideas and exercises.

So now the improved profile can continue to offer learning insights to 90% of Fortune 500 companies, – and you!

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Testing preferences

I asked ten people to evaluate the new Thinking Accelerator as part of a small study on behalf of Herrmann International. Another 10 persons completed the assessment and received the print material package only. All of the 20 worked in team situations. Some were ordained clergy and others were not.
Six were students studying theology but only three were proceeding toward ordination as clergy.

The results were very similar to those of the 400 preceding participants – all were high in preference for innovation and intuition. Most also showed high preference for using emotion and concern for people. Their preference for organizing varied but fell within a mid range. But their preference for analysis and discernment was low with one exception. That person, how a student, had founded and run her own business for several years, and was the only one to show balanced high preference for all the four quadrants. What does this do to organizations when senior leaders are missing a key preference?

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Back again

After a long hiatus, it is time to be back. I wish I had acquired a knee injury as an Olympic athlete – but it was simply a steep step that unexpectedly did me in. Between finishing a project, getting back into the meeting routine and extensive reading relating to future projects and a new routine of strengthening exercise with ankle weights, I have been ignoring this spot. But that is going to change.

The HBDI came in handy on a recent project. As part of a project team I had the opportunity to ask more than 400 people what they saw as key characteristics of a national leader of a major church denomination. Using the four quadrants to tabulate the results, there was a lower demand for analysis, discernment and paying attention to the realities of facts and figures. That raised lots of questions and led to more exploration. More about that soon.

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ROI -where I=intelligence

Here’s something to watch from Herrmann International Asia – originally posted in earlier in the year, but still relevant.

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The HBDI Picnic


As children head back to school, outdoor picnics are going to be a thing of the past – even though the early fall weather here in Toronto is the summer we never had.

My own back-to-school involves reviewing and re-reading to consolidate what I already know about the HBDI – and I enjoyed re-reading Ned Herrmann’s account of a picnic attended by four quadrant families with extreme preferences for particular styles of thinking.

The A family – Mr. and Mrs Rational, and their kids, Logical, Analytic, Quantitative and Factual left their upper right apartment in the complex and brought their stainless steel high tech barbecue grill. Mr. and Mrs. Organized insisted the a strict time schedule would be necessary for their children, Sequential, Structured, Detailed and Linear – and they were extremely wary when Mr. and Mrs. Feeling thought they might invite relatives to come along with their offspring, Interpersonal, Emotional, Musical and Spiritual. How were they going to assess costs fairly?

Mr. and Mrs. Experimental essentially ignored the others and put their children, Imaginative, Synthesizing, Artistic and Conceptualizing to creating seafood stuffed sausages. 

Well you get the picture. We all bring our preferences to everything we do. Let’s hope that the kids enjoyed the picnic in their own way – and that they now have teachers who will respect their differences.  Teachers as a group generally have less tolerance for the kids in the Experimental family – and yet these are our best hope for true innovation and creativity – so long as they can learn to respect and cooperate with all the other kids.