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Team Thinking: Get More from Every Meeting of the Minds

Teams, which have become the engine of the workplace today, are supposed to help with tasks like solving complicated problems and improving poorly functioning, outdated processes. But why is it so hard to get a group of bright people to work together effectively, to live up to the promise of their individual skills and smarts?

To find the answer, as Ann Herrmann-Nehdi explains in a recent article for Diversity MBA Magazine, you have to start where the challenge starts: thinking.

“Consider what we’re asking teams to do: solve problems, make decisions, execute efficiently, collaborate, generate ideas,” Ann points out. “All of these activities are rooted in how people prefer to think, and differences in thinking preferences will affect how people behave and approach the same tasks and issues.”

Read the article, Team Thinking: Get More from Every Meeting of the Minds, to learn Ann’s “ABCs” for putting a team’s diverse thinking to work.

 

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    Business Linked Teams

    One of the major benefits of the Whole Brain® Thinking System is its relevance to so many operational and strategic people development activities. We use the HBDI® as an objective and neutral way of helping our clients to understand their thinking preferences and how that plays out inBLT-Logo-Black-Letters-Huge-3371-x-1258 their everyday work. We work in partnership to implement meaningful personal development plans.  For us, the major advantages that the HBDI® has over its competitors, is the simplicity in design, application and accessibility and the ease of use across cultures and all levels of seniority.”

    - Samantha Caine, Client Services Manager, Business Linked Teams Ltd.

     

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      The Whole Brain Business Book, by Ned Herrmann

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      Goodbye, left brain/right brain. Farewell to simplistic concepts and superficial solutions. In the hot arena of mind research and its applications in business, the new benchmark is Ned Herrmann’s Whole Brain® Thinking System. It delivers what it promises.WBBB

      Here, in his most recent book, Herrmann himself shows how to apply his famous four-quadrant paradigm for maximum productivity and creativity at work! It is the first book to apply the whole brain® thinking exclusively to business.

      The culmination of decades of research, this guide is as well-balanced as the model of the brain it describes: it is visionary and communicative, logical, organized, with conclusions drawn from a database of over 1,000,000. You and your organization will use it to:

      • Learn about yourself and your company
      • Break out of the “box” created by overreliance on one or two styles of thinking
      • Optimize your leadership and followership styles
      • Create and manage Whole Brain® Teams
      • Inject creativity into every area of business

      If the administrators in your company are stifling the new ideas put forth by the communicators and visionaries…or if you’ve shifted too much power from the marketers to the budget cutters and are now paying the price…it’s time to get back in balance. Ned Herrmann will show you how to harness the power of all four thinking preferences, with exercises and examples citing lead-edge companies. It’s smart business. And it’s Fun! Order here.

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        July 2014: A Wake-Up Call for Human Resources

        It seems Human Resources is constantly in the midst of reinvention. From the early years as a “Personnel” function, it’s evolved in emphasis with the times through industrial psychology, organization dynamics, compliance and legal, and most recently, working hand in hand with finance. In other words, it’s been all over the place.

        In Whole Brain® Thinking terms, though, the function has been pretty consistent. The focus has been heavily on the B-quadrant aspects of processes, structure and “rules,” combined with some C-quadrant employee engagement activities. This preference for the green, B quadrant continues to show up even as the business environment has changed dramatically, and that means when new challenges arise, HR looks for the “green” answer. But the answer to a changing world isn’t limited to rethinking competencies or streamlining processes.

        The following graphic shows Bersin’s 2014 Predictions plotted across the Whole Brain® Model. Clearly, the future of HR isn’t just about technology or recruitment or engagement or analytics or strategy. It’s about all of these.

        More and more, I’m convinced the only way HR can truly reinvent itself and stay relevant is through Whole Brain® Thinking. The future of HR is Results-Driven and Streamlined and Social and Strategic.

        Download the Whole Brain® response to the Bersin 2014 Predictions.

        Download our latest white paper for specific tips and strategies for adapting to the future of HR.

         

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          Balance of Thinking Improves Team Effectiveness

          A six-year study at the US Forest Service concluded that teams with a balance of thinking preferences are 66% more effective than non-balanced teams, and that they consider more options and make better decisions.

          The study examined the effects of applying the Whole Brain® Thinking System to group/team construction, comparing teams comprised of people with homogeneous thinking preferences with those that included a balance of thinking preferences, representing all four quadrants of the Whole Brain® Thinking System.

          Download the full report: How to Improve Group Productivity (Charles G. DeRidder and Mark A. Wilcox)

           

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            On Demand Webinar: HRDQ Optimizing Team Performance

            Listen to webinar recording here. Organizations such as Microsoft Game Studios use a thinking-based strategy to assemble teams that are equipped to tackle tough business challenges, and Kevin Sensenig i is here to share them with you.

            As the business environment grows more demanding, organizations are becoming dependent on the collective intelligence of teams to improve problem-solving skills, discover innovative solutions, and deliver higher quality results in less time. Yet all too often teams are unable to reach their potential, regardless of the talent and experience held by the individual team members.

            Join us for A New Model of Team Performance: Optimizing Team Brainpower for Maximum Results. Led by, Kevin J. Sensenig, this interactive webinar will give you practical tools and think-centered methods for helping teams to tap into their full brainpower. He will use examples and exercises to guide you through an easy-to-apply model and she’ll share the specific strategies major organizations such as Caesars Entertainment and Microsoft Game Studios are using to assemble the most effective teams for tackling tough business problems.

            Participants Will Learn:

            A thinking-based model and tools to help teams work more efficiently, collaborate more effectively, and reap the benefit of diverse perspectives.
            How to apply the latest research on thinking and team productivity to help teams achieve specific business objectives, whether the team is virtual or on-site, intact or cross-functional, or collaborating with external stakeholders.
            How to assemble the most effective team, based on the mental demands of the assignment, project, or problem.

            Who Should Attend

            Organization development professionals
            Trainers
            Human resources managers
            Team leaders
            Consultants

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              Featured White Paper

              Are Teams Broken? Or Just Not Using Their Heads? Team Thinking in a New Light

              We’re relying on the collective intelligence of teams to solve problems faster, come up with more innovative ideas, and deliver higher quality results in less time. But is the sum of the parts really adding up to more?

              Download this white paper to learn:

              • A system that helps teams build trust faster, streamline communications, make better decisions and get the benefit of diverse perspectives.
              • How to apply the latest research on thinking and team effectiveness to achieve specific business objectives.
              • The limits of “feel good” teambuilding activities.
              • Tips for overcoming three common team challenges.

              Download the white paper: Are Teams Broken? Or Just Not Using Their Heads? Team Thinking in a New Light

               

               

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