Today’s tip is about being aware of your own thinking preferences and taking a more whole brain approach to the way we work.

Whole Brain Thinking is a framework which provides a lens for improved understanding and insight. It acknowledges that different tasks require different mental processes, and different people prefer different kinds of thinking. Whole Brain Thinking helps organisations get better results when they can strategically leverage the full spectrum of thinking available.

  • Yellow: Experimental thinking exploring possibilities, the “why”, creating new ways or approaches, innovating
  • Blue: Analytical thinking exploring reasons, data, the ‘what’, the evidence
  • Green: Practical thinking focussed on making things happen, creating a plan, organising, controlling or administering
  • Red: Relational thinking focussed on expressing, emotional expression, considering impact on people and relationships

Everyone has access to all four quadrants but with varying preferences. Applying Whole Brain Thinking means being able to fully leverage one’s own preferences, stretch to other styles when necessary, and adapt to and take advantage of the preferences of those around you.


The HBDI® is a powerful psychometric assessment that defines and describes the degree to which we think in the four quadrants of the Whole Brain Model. The data helps us adapt our thinking preferences to communicate effectively, improve decision making and problem solving.

After completing the survey, the person receives a comprehensive HBDI® Profile report that includes in-depth interpretation of the results, reference material about the Whole Brain Model, comparison data, and activities for further exploration and development. PeopleScape can also develop a wide range of learning programs to best leverage Whole Brain Thinking from your team.

Contact PeopleScape today to discuss Whole Brain Thinking for your employees.

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