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Quotes from The Whole Brain Business Book, 2nd Edition

Twenty years ago, Ned Herrmann’s groundbreaking book opened the eyes of business leaders and professionals around the world to the power of Whole Brain® Thinking. With the release of The Whole Brain Business Book, Second Edition, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO of Herrmann International, is carrying on her father’s legacy and bringing practical new insights and advice specific to the challenges of the 21st century business environment.

Filled with real-world examples and essential charts, action steps, exercises, and tools, The Whole Brain Business Book shows you how to rethink your business, prepare for the future, realign your goals, and reinvigorate your team—by putting your whole brain to work.

The select quotes below give you a taste of what’s inside: Read more

Plan for 2015 (and Beyond) By Building a Pathway to the Future

As 2014 begins to wind down, you’re probably starting to think about your plans for next year, and maybe even further down the road.  But where to begin?

As the Cheshire cat reminded Alice, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there.” You have to think about where it is you want to go before you can create the path to it.

In this brief video learning nugget, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi shares an easy exercise you can do to build your pathway to the future, whether you’re looking at the next year, or five years down the road, or even further. Try it and see where your imagination leads you!

 

Build Your Thinking Agility with “Strategy at the Speed of Thought”

It’s one of the top priorities and concerns we’re hearing across industries and professions: To keep today on track and stay ahead of the pace of business, you have to find a way to sharpen your short-term focus while maintaining a strategic eye on the long-term view.

At the New Jersey Human Resource Planning Group’s event on May 15th, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi will show participants how to build their thinking agility so they can better manage their strategic and talent plans for success both today and tomorrow.

Ann will demonstrate an easy-to-apply, brain-based framework for quickly analyzing business objectives and their human capital implications, and for identifying and managing the diverse cognitive resources needed to create and execute high-value strategies.

This is a great opportunity for New Jersey-area HR professionals—whether you are an internal or external practitioner—to learn how to take advantage of all the brainpower available to you so you can synthesize wide-ranging issues and maintain a strategic mindset.

And there’s an added bonus: All participants will have a post-event opportunity to complete the HBDI® assessment and receive a complimentary personalized HBDI® Profile and application debrief—a $300 value!

NJHRP offers a variety of options for both members and guests to receive a reduced rate on attending this event. Check out their website for more information and to register.

Event Details:

The New Jersey Human Resource Planning Group presents
STRATEGY AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT: 4 Steps to Building Your Thinking Agility
Featuring Ann Herrmann-Nehdi

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
8:00am – 8:45am Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
8:45am – 12:00pm Program
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch

Location: Bridgewater Marriott
700 Commons Way
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Register now.

4 Steps to Developing the Thinking Agility of Today’s and Tomorrow’s Leaders

We have to be faster. We have to be more flexible. We have to constantly balance the long term and the short term, and quickly rearrange what we’re doing and how we’re structured to deal with today’s and tomorrow’s big challenges.

The question is:

How will you adapt? 

Find out how thinking agility—the ability to consciously shift your thinking when the situation requires it—can provide the antidote to an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. 

Whether you’re responsible for developing leaders, are a leader or aspire to be one, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi’s recent webcast for HR.com, 4 Steps to Developing the Thinking Agility of Today’s and Tomorrow’s Leaders, will give you strategies and actions you can immediately put into practice to claim the thinking space necessary to adapt and be more agile every day.

Here’s what one participant had to say about the webinar:

This was EXCELLENT! I love webinars that share a little bit of knowledge along with a lot of action items and resources in an organized fashion.

View the webinar and then share with us:

What are the few critical competences your organization needs to focus on to help people get mentally “unstuck” so they can adapt?

It’s Brain Awareness Week!

March 10th through the 16th is Brain Awareness Week (BAW), the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. You can find plenty of activities and resources on brain-related topics on the official BAW website.

For quick tour of the brain’s four thinking preferences, click on the image below and watch as Ann Herrmann-Nehdi explains how you can apply what we know about thinking and the brain to be more effective at work.

 

 

Social, Sleep and Learning: Update from the 2013 NeuroLeadership Summit

Herrmann International’s CEO Ann Herrman-Nehdi filed a video report from this year’s NeuroLeadership Summit, where she was also a presenter.

Some highlights:

Matt Lieberman’s new book “Social” explores the impact of the social brain on everything we do. Key lessons for learning and development professionals:

  • When someone is learning to teach versus learning to memorize, it engages the brain in a way that is much more effective in terms of long-term retention. Consider this when designing learning experiences.
  • The discussion about the tension between the analytical brain and the social brain is substantiated by our HBDI® data. It’s rare to see both in play, and important for us to understand how to help leaders activate the social part of who they are.

Jessica Payne’s research on leadership stamina reinforces how important sleep is. If you feel sleep deprived, get 20 minutes more a day – go to bed earlier, sleep later or take a power nap if necessary to improve what you can get out of your brain.

Tony Bingham, President of ASTD, says that 70% of learning in today’s organizations is informal. What are you doing to build in more tools and opportunities for informal learning?

Watch the video to hear Ann’s full report.

Meet Your Customers Where They Think

One of the traps of our technology-enabled, overloaded world is that we often default to a one-size-fits-all approach when dealing with others. When you’re expected to “do more with less” and shift your priorities and attentions on a dime, template-izing repeated tasks or common responses seems like a good way to shortcut the process.

But does it really?

The truth is, one size typically only fits a very few. So what usually ends up happening is that you spend more time trying to “be heard” and get your point across. When the people you’re interacting with are external customers, it may even put you at risk of damaging the relationship or losing the business.

In a recent Loyalty Management Magazine article, How to Think Like Your Customer (And Why It Matters), Ann Herrmann-Nehdi explains why “thinking like your customer” can make all the difference by allowing you to quickly focus your attention where it matters and communicate with the greatest impact.

The article describes four different kinds of customers you might encounter, how their thinking preferences will impact their behaviors and interests, and tips for adapting your thinking to improve your success. (Note: Free registration is required to access the article.)

For more quick tips on this topic, check out Ann’s video lesson for AthenaOnline’s MyQuickCoach Series, “Connecting with the Customer.”

“Living Agile Thinking” at Swisscom

On a recent visit to Swisscom in Bern, Switzerland, Herrmann International CEO Ann Herrmann-Nehdi explored some of the ways the telecommunications provider is integrating Whole Brain® Thinking into its culture to build the thinking agility and flexibility necessary to better serve the needs of its customers.

Watch the video to learn how Swisscom is preparing for a changing world by “living agile thinking.”

Engage the Brains of Your High Potentials & Managers As If Your Business Depends On It (Because it Does)

High-potential leaders are critical to ensuring businesses can meet their goals now and in years to come, and that’s why one of the most pressing human resource challenges today is a lack of up-and-coming managerial talent to quickly and effectively execute on critical strategies and initiatives.

A recent PWC survey found that 50% of business leaders say their biggest challenge is recruiting and retaining high-potential middle managers. The impact, they report, is being felt across the business, from cancelled or delayed strategic initiatives to missed market opportunities and an inability to innovative effectively.

In its 2012 Talent Shortage Survey report, Manpower points out that organizations need to make some changes to turn this tide:

This lack of talent will force organizations to adopt a new mindset regarding talent development, where upskilling their existing employees and developing candidates with potential becomes the norm rather than the exception.

The question is, what’s the best way to do it, particularly when time and resources are limited?

Start with thinking.

Our research shows that thinking preferences impact the way people approach communications, problems, decisions, projects and tasks. When you align management and high-potential development with what we know about thinking and the brain, you can accelerate and optimize the performance of the “bench,” helping this essential group accomplish more today and lead the way tomorrow.

Here are just a couple of areas where a framework of thinking can help your up-and-coming leaders meet the challenges of today’s business environment:

Execution: Leaders need to quickly and efficiently move the organization from Point A to Point B, and that means knowing when and how to get work done through others and manage the thinking resources on a project. Your leaders — whether they have the title or not — need to effectively leverage their own thinking and the thinking around them to successfully execute on critical strategies.

Innovation and Problem Solving: Quickly coming up with breakthrough ideas and solutions requires leaders who can bring together and manage diverse thinking and put it to work to solve problems that may not have clear-cut answers. The most effective leaders are encouraging everyone around them to bring their best thinking to work. And they understand how to lead an effective problem-solving process so even the most complex issues are addressed quickly.

These two examples are just the tip of the iceberg. In her November 29th HR.com webinar, Building Brainpower on the Bench: Motivate and Engage the Brains of High Potentials and New Leaders, Ann Herrmann-Nehdi will show you how to incorporate a Whole Brain® Thinking framework into your HR, talent management and learning & development strategies so you can develop a strong bench with the thinking capacity to lead effectively in any situation.

What do you think? Is the leadership skills gap impacting your organization?

Thinking Agility Webcast Available for On-Demand Viewing

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Ann Herrmann-Nehdi’s July 13th HR.com webcast, Getting More Done With Less: 4 Steps to Building Your Thinking Agility, is now available for on-demand viewing for HR.com members.

Ann reveals how you can apply what we know about thinking and the brain to better “see around corners” and harness the full brainpower available—your own as well as others’—to meet today’s mental demands while maintaining a more strategic mindset. 

Here’s what people are saying about the presentation:

 Best webinar I’ve attended yet – it kept me engaged the whole time!

 She’s an excellent speaker with a captivating voice. She gave a well prepared and skillful presentation.

 Thank you for this information and new ways of trying to use my brain. Information was clear concise but oh so very useful. Additionally the extra tools provided will help me “focus” on ways of using this.

 This was really informative and can be used to help my team also work better moving forward.

Let us know what you think! How will thinking agility play a role in your own or your team’s performance going forward?

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