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Understanding the Herrmann Whole Brain® model C Understanding the Herrmann Whole Brain® model C I — Single Dominant Profiles This group of profiles has only one primary and represents only 5% of the population surveyed. Instances of primary preferences occur across all of the four quadrants. One advantage of having a single dominant profile is that there is relatively little internal conflict. Perceptions and deci- sion making tend to be predictable, coherent and comfort- able. The single dominant person tends to see the world through a consistent set of lenses. II — Double Dominant Profiles 1. Left or Right A B Double dominant Left or Right profiles experience an internal integrated coherence between the two primary quadrants. In both Left and Right double dominant profiles, the two quadrants tend to reinforce each other. The logical, rational processes of the A quadrant reinforce the structural and pro- cedural qualities of the B quadrant. Likewise, the visual imaginative approaches of the D quadrant are supported by the expressive, sensory elements of the C quadrant. As opposing modes, double dominant Left This group of profiles has only one primary and represents only 5% of the population surveyed. Instances of primary preferences occur across all of the four quadrants. One advantage of having a single dominant profile is that there is relatively little internal conflict. Perceptions and deci- sion making tend to be predictable, coherent and comfort- able. The single dominant person tends to see the world through a consistent set of lenses. D C might perceive their Right counterpart as unrealistic and unfocused. The double dominant Right might see their Left counterpart as controlling and pedestrian. In both cases, these individuals will benefit from a greater appreciation of their mental opposites, not only to improve their communication and relationships, but also to appreciate mental processes very different than their own, allowing them to more effectively ‘cross the bridge’ between these very different styles. 2. Double Dominant Profiles — Upper and Lower Both the Upper and Lower dominant families of profiles unite distinct thinking processes in a synergistic interchange. The Upper mode, A + D may, for example, be as comfortable with facts, data and theory (A) as with conceptual frameworks and intuitive insights (D). This results in a cognitive, intellectual approach. The Lower mode, B + C, brings together a strong sense of detail and structure (B) with a sensitive, emotional awareness of 3. Double dominant profiles — Diagonal This diamond shaped family of profiles cross the diagonals from either B to D or A to C. There is an inherent internal con- trast of preferences within these profiles. The contrast is both Left vs Right and Upper vs Lower. This can translate into a sense of conflict, both internally and when interacting with others. For example: Ideas (D) vs. Action (B), Safekeeping (B) vs. Risk taking (D), Facts (A) vs. Feelings (C), People consid- erations (C) vs. Financial considerations (A). This contrast is often described by these individuals as a pull between two very different, sometimes contradicting thinking processes. Ideally, they are able to integrate and balance out these two different perspectives as they make decisions. How- ever under less ideal circumstances there may be a tendency to vacillate, or at worst, feel paralysed between both. It is worth noting that no direct connection exists in the brain to link the Upper Left mode with the Lower Right III — Triple Dominant Profiles The triple dominant profile represents 34% of the database. Within that total, 2111, 1121 and 1112 are the most frequent, representing 81% of the triple dominant profiles. This group has access to a certain thinking flexibility that comes from the multi-dominant nature of their thinking process. This allows the individuals to move through their three dominant modes somewhat seamlessly, looking at all of the perspectives before making a decision. Such multiple preferences also facilitate interaction with others. Due to the triple nature of their preferences, they are likely to share at least one preference with those with whom they interact. IV — Quadruple Dominant Profile The 1 1 1 1 profile expresses primary level preferences for every one of the four quadrants and is sometimes referred to as ‘whole brained’. Perhaps surprisingly to some, these profiles occur less than 3% of the time. They offer an enormous potential for a highly integrated, varied thinking processes. This can translate into an ability to move seamlessly from quadrant to quadrant and mode to mode as the situation requires. Often able to under- stand all the thinking perspectives, these individuals have the potential to function quite effectively in group situations feelings and people (C). This results in a visceral, grounded approach. On the other hand, both Upper and Lower modes can experi- ence a sense of two distinct mental perspectives as they look at the world. These individuals have an opportunity to learn when to apply particular thinking processes appropriately to different situations, allowing them to maximise the effective- ness of their mental processes. mode or the Upper Right mode with the Lower Left mode. In both the model and the actual brain, all iteration between these two modes must go through another brain structure or quadrant first. A good way to integrate diagonally opposed preferences is to enhance abilities in one of the other two quadrants. These quadrants can play the role of relay station to facilitate thinking processes. On the plus side, the person who learns to integrate his func- tioning has an enormously powerful combination of abilities. An entrepreneur, for example with a 2 1 2 1 profile, can envision the business as it can be and do the detailed work required to get it there. A financial person with a 1 2 1 2 profile has not only the A quadrant necessary for determining the best financial arrangements, but also the C quadrant which gives him the interpersonal ability to package and present his services effectively on a face– to–face basis. On the other hand, this multiplicity of preference can slow down the decision-making process due to the need to really check out all the alternatives available. Another potential challenge may be the multitude of options these preferences provide, as career decisions or education choices need to be made. Identifying the strongest preference among the three comes with time and a willingness to go with a lead quadrant long enough to be able to evaluate the experience effectively. Often the opportunities that present themselves first are the ones pursued. which require situational flexibility such as management or mediation (with appropriate training). They will interact easily with many different types of profiles. Like other profile families that display multiple preferences, these individuals are faced with certain challenges associated with the multiplicity of their preferences. Internal conflicts can occur, as well as a sense of indecisiveness or unclear focus. As with triple dominant profiles, establishing a lead quadrant helps provide direction. The overall tilt of their thinking preferences will be influenced by their highest profile quadrant or quadrants. Page - 20 Page - 21

Understanding the Herrmann Whole Brain® model D Understanding the Herrmann Whole Brain® model D The coalition of our different thinking processes Remember that you use each of the four quadrants at different times and in different ways. The most preferred styles seem natural and accessible to you, but they never Exploring your HBDI® profile Ideas and exercises function independently of the others. Secondary preferences are ‘comfort zones’, more ‘operational’, and tertiary preferences often require more effort. Keep in mind that all thinking preferences function as an integrated system, all part of your complex mental processes. Exploring implications You have just become aware of your HBDI® profile. Your curiosity is now satisfied. This next step is the most important. The real objective of the HBDI® profile is to help you achieve better results by exploring how you can be most effective and what development options you might wish to pursue to get there. The following exercises were designed to help you reach that objective. Take a few moments to relax and work through the following exercises. It represents an essential application step and will be time well spent. A voyage through your profile At this point, you should have reviewed your Visual Profile, Data Summary, explanation page and read the description of your ‘profile’ in chapter C (red) ‘How does your HBDI® profile compare to others?’, giving you a general description of your preference code and how it impacts your problem solving, decision making and communication approaches. The next step is to synthesise and personalise all of the infor- mation you have received. This will help you become more self aware and decide on actions you can take to broaden and expand the range of your thinking approaches. Note: these exercises are only guides; feel free to make your own inspired reflections. Exercise 1: HBDI® profile Describe a typical daily behaviour that illustrates each one of your four quadrants. 1. It may be helpful to also look at the relative scores between the Upper and Lower modes and the Left and Right modes. 2. Functioning in Upper mode (A+D) means that you would be considering things and people in an intellectual manner, somewhat abstractly, with a certain distance, without committing yourself, and thinking before acting. 3. The opposite functioning, in the Lower mode (B+C) means considering things and people in a reactive manner, being emotional, getting involved right away, because of gut feelings or by need for structure, detail or getting things done. 4. Functioning in Left mode (A+B) means considering things and people realistically, logically, factually, analytically (broken down into essential elements). It means thinking sequentially (one step at a time), liking precision, having control, measuring, numbers. > The opposite functioning, in Right mode (C+D) means considering things and people in an intuitive manner, seeing the ideal (rather than the reality), synthesising, imagining, looking at things holistically, being sensitive and aesthetic. 5. With the above in mind, imagine the effect of your dominances and preferences in everyday activities both in and out of work for instance. Page - 22 Page - 23

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