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What does thinking have to do with business efficiency?

by | Apr 10, 2018

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How much money do you spend each year on business efficiency? Chances are it’s a considerable piece of your budget.

But what if we told you that you already have the tools you need to become more efficient? What if we said you’ve actually had them all along?

Understanding your thinking preferences and where you fit within the Whole Brain® Model provides you with a powerful tool for improving your individual efficiency and the efficiency of the people you lead.

That’s because when you understand how you think, you have a better grasp on how to improve your approach to just about everything.

What does thinking have to do with business efficiency?

Sounds interesting, right? We think so. But if you’re anything like us, you’ll need a bit more evidence before you’re convinced. Let’s lay down some concrete examples of when business efficiency and thinking help build better outcomes.

1. Have you been asked to solve any problems lately?

Good news then, thinking smarter (not harder) can lead you to the best possible solution much faster. When we look at problems from every potential perspective it’s more likely we’ll come to a more impactful resolution.

As a leader, better understanding problems also allows you to delegate the task of finding a solution to employees with the relevant skill-set and thinking approaches to best formulate an outcome.

Bottom line: Thinking smarter allows you to more efficiently find solutions – or at least delegate to people who will.

2. Could your communication use a bit of a facelift?

What if every time you relayed a message to your team, it stuck on the first try? Tailoring communication to thinking preferences allows this to happen. When you have important messages for your team make sure you are delivering them in a way that can be absorbed by all different types of thinkers. If you do this, your communication efficiency is sure to skyrocket.

Bottom line: Create communications with the four quadrants in mind, and watch your messages stick.

3. Do you want your employees’ actions to align with organisational values?

Your company values shouldn’t just be a PR stunt. You create core values for a reason, they are the guiding principles behind your company’s existence. Using these values as a compass lays out a more direct path to decisions – ultimately improving overall efficiency.

Cookie Time, an iconic New Zealand snack company, came to us with the challenge of articulating their brand vision, values and principles to their staff in a way that would stick. With employee thinking preferences as a jumping-off point, the leadership used the Whole Brain® Model to communicate these core values.

A personalised cube, which displays these principles alongside the individual’s HBDI Profile, sits on the desk of every Cookie Time employee, serving as a self-managing tool for keeping Whole Brain® Thinking and the vision and values in mind.

Bottom line: Your company values work as a clear-cut guide to decision-making when articulated right. Communicate them effectively and open up a more efficient path to business decisions.

How can Herrmann help you unlock your business’ potential?

When you understand how you think, you understand how to act in a way that drives efficiency. Looking at problems through the lens of the four quadrants enables better communication, improved problem-solving skills, more effective communication and even more value-oriented actions.

Whether you’re looking to undergo your first Whole Brain® Thinking assessment or you’re aiming to dust off your long-held evaluations and put them to good use, our team is here to help. Herrmann has the tools to pinpoint your thinking preferences and unlock all the potential that these insights hold.

Keen to get started? Reach out to us today!

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