Recognizing Mental Diversity – The Pathway to Deeper Connections

Chuck McVinney fields a question from the audience

December 15th’s Lunch & Learn session at UBS illustrated the connection between neuroscience and effective communications with guest speaker Chuck McVinney. In this highly interactive workshop, participants were invited to explore how we think, the Whole Brain Thinking model, the Herrmann’s Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) and applying Whole Brain Communications to make deeper connections with those around us. Chuck challenged us to step outside our “mental tribes” and look beyond the left brain/right brain functionality.

The audience was extremely engaged, notably trying to understand verbal vs. visual thinking and if the increasingly electronic nature of communications is creating a shift from verbal to more visual. Understanding thinking style preferences of each of the HBDI quadrants is key to unlocking how you prefer to communicate and how to communicate with others. Each of the thinking style may approach a problem very differently and most people fall into a combination of preferences spanning the intellectual and visceral:

Peggy Decker addresses the attendees

  • Blue: Rational, Quantitative, “Just the facts ma’am”
  • Yellow: Intuitive, Holistic, Synthesizing, “Let’s experiment”
  • Green: Organizing, Planning, Detailed, “Let’s look for a conservative approach”
  • Red: Emotional, Kinesthetic, “What approach feels right”

The takeaways to building deeper connections included:

  • Get in touch with our red quadrants
  • Deliberatively listen
  • Leverage the power of silence
  • Have Empathetic imagination

Top tips from the workshop can be accessed at Knowledge Sources’ blog.

Special thanks to UBS for hosting this event and to UBS All Bar None networks, provide networking, mentoring and leadership opportunities that encourage professional and personal development.