A Metaphor for The HBDI®
Do you tune in your favorite radio station when you're in your car by twirling the dial or by programming your favorite stations so you can get them by simply pushing a button?
In some ways the way we use our brain is a little like the car radio. We can twirl the dial to get any station we like. But we also have favorite stations that we program in--the ones we prefer to listen to more often.
Some people, like my husband, have only rock stations programmed. Other people, like my Mom, are more eclectic and have a combination of easy listening music and radio talk shows. Other people don't have a strong preference and are always fiddling with the dial or reprogramming the stations!
Ned Herrmann's four-quadrant model of how the brain works helps us get a read on what "stations" we may have a strong preference for in our ways of thinking. Some of us have a strong preference in one quadrant while others of us have a preference in two, three or even four quadrants. It's not right, it's not wrong, it's just different.
Each of us can and do tune into any station we like. If we don't listen to a given station very often we may get some static and it may take some work to tune it in, but it's there for us to access.
- Janice Beer
I've been meaning to send you an email to thank you again for your work as a whole and for your session at the Training Conference. My new team (2 direct reports - my first time as a manager!) was assigned to me yesterday. I definitely want us to go through the HBDI® together as it will help us to more effectively communicate with each other and with our clients - and to plan our staff meetings, and to communicate with our families and friends. You can tell I'm a huge believer in the Whole Brain® Model!
- Kristen Wright, CDO Learning & Development Manager
The HBDI® is changing the world...
one brain at a time.
- James N. Casto, Senior Research Chemist
By making participants aware of many different tools for solving problems, by giving us a better understanding of human nature and why we act the way we do, the participants came away with enhanced creative thinking and problem solving capabilities.
- Dana Baugh, Senior Buyer
The HBDI® is the most easily understood, remembered and applied assessment instrument of those available. Our clients love it.
- Barbara Hughes
Whole Brain® Thinking has given our Field Technology Solutions Professional Managers a critical new method for improving business planning, strengthening their teams and boosting efficiency.
- Jerry Smith, Field Sales Manager
Great organization. Definitely got our money's worth. Not many consultants understand how to translate theory into day-to-day tactical actions. Herrmann International does!
- Angeline Fowler, Franchise Manager
We use Herrmann International Methods worldwide to strengthen our leadership communications and improve the effectiveness of new managers. The Whole Brain® approach also played an integral role in our recent successful efforts to increase sales and improve customer satisfaction with our sales force.
- Larry W. Green, Vice President Global Marketing & Sales Learning
In one team building using the HBDI® and Team profile, I have earned twice what I invested in going to the Certification Workshop.
- Cherie Douglas
I took the HBDI® fundamentals course and I really enjoyed it!
I thought it was great that there was appeal to many learning styles; pictures, auditory information, written information and symbols throughout the presentation. After going through two of the workplace situations (scenarios), I felt that I understood the profiles; 5 seemed like plenty!
Great work and have a lovely summer!
- Mary Mather