We, at Herrmann, know that managers and the employees they lead are a company’s most valuable asset. Employers grow when their employees are growing. If an organization wants to survive or better thrive, they must start by developing managers into learning leaders. To best do that, they have to understand what managers and teams are up against first.
Role of the Manager is One of the Most Critical In Any Business
Managers: You are one, and you have had them. You have loved some and loathed others - but now that you’re in the role of manager, you realize just what a tough job it is!
Redefining the HBDI® Debrief
During the pandemic we at Herrmann spent time examining the HBDI® debrief experience and challenging our thinking (hey, it’s what we do) about how we educate Thinkers about Whole Brain® Thinking. Our approach, of course, was to use a walkaround.
The upcoming holidays are all about sharing kindness and good tidings to others. ‘Tis the season for giving. Giving one's time, giving one's resources, and giving understanding to others, whether it be to your family, your friends, or your co-workers.
As certified practitioners of Whole Brain® Thinking and the HBDI®, we love the “ahas” that occur during a profile results debrief. These are the magical moments when the person getting their results for the first time has a sudden awareness or recognition of a personal truth revealed by the Whole Brain® Thinking model. Maybe it was a situation with a spouse or partner or a team dynamic at work that suddenly had a clear explanation. We see a certain look in their eyes, a shy grin, or maybe an enthusiastic laugh that signals that personal “OH! I GET IT NOW!”
Even with all the excitement around our transition to the New Year, many of the colleagues, executives and managers I speak with describe a feeling of mental fog and slowness, as well as hesitancy in gearing up for the coming year.
As one meme stated: "Before I commit to 2021 I am going to need to see a list of terms and conditions."
For years, businesses and employees have debated whether working from home was a good thing. In 2020, that debate came to an abrupt end when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the decision. The traditional office environment gave way to remote work, whether or not that’s what you (or your boss) was prepared for.
Since then, some companies have returned to the traditional office setting, but flexible, remote, and hybrid-remote workforces are likely here to stay.
A study in the UK found that 82% of businesses there are considering changing their future working practices to allow more staff to work remotely.
And PwC’s US Remote Work Survey reveals that 83% of office workers want to work from home at least one day a week. That same survey also found that more than half (55%) of employers anticipate that most of their workers will do so beyond the pandemic.
As Certified Practitioners, one of the most common questions we ask is, “What’s next?”
After our Thinkers have taken the HBDI® and we go over their results and help them experience their own personal ‘AHA’ moments in a debrief session, where do they go from there? How can we help them continue on their journey of awareness and application of Whole Brain® Thinking on a daily basis?
These days, resilience is something that’s on all of our minds. We often hear it talked about in the context of how well we can “bounce back” from a setback or crisis. In some ways, though, bouncing back implies that we’re at the mercy of everything that’s going on around us. Or as Ann Herrmann-Nehdi put it in a recent LinkedIn post, “It feels like I am in a pinball machine.”
This article is a guest post from Ashley Blackburn, Director of Programs at Uncharted Learning.
Do you know what your brain “looks” like?
I didn’t, until about 3 months ago when I completed a Whole Brain® Thinking assessment (called the HBDI®) and participated in a debrief workshop as a professional development event led by our friends at Miami University’s John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship. Through this experience, I gained exciting new insight into my own thinking and that of everyone around me - students I’ve taught, colleagues I’ve worked with on teams, supervisors I’ve reported to, even my personal connections.