We continue our series on whole brain thinking with a focus on the R1 thinking style. As mentioned in the previous post on L1 thinking style, we use all quadrants of our brain to think but each of us has our own cognitive style, a thinking preference that impacts the way we receive and communicate information. Our thinking styles have implications for leadership, innovation and how we interact with others.

R1 Thinking Style

R1 Thinking Style

Remember pong?

As an R1 “Right Brain” thinker I am a critical member of any design and innovation team. I do not always think on a linear basis and can “ping pong” around, making connections to concepts and ideas that others don’t see. In that sense I am a creative powerhouse and should be considered as a critical member of cross-functional design thinking and innovation teams.

Details “Schmee-tails”

I am known for thinking big picture and ignoring the small details.  I am a strategic thinker and prefer to look at the big picture. Details slow me down. I search for alternatives and am comfortable challenging the status quo. I do well in less structured environments and when you apply too much structure to my work environment I feel constrained and could possibly shut down on you.

The risk taker

I am comfortable taking risks and like to experiment. I often dream about what can be and am very future oriented. I am comfortable doing more than one thing at a time as I get restless and bored easily.

Tell me a story

When presenting to me, don’t lead with data such as numbers and percentages, I prefer qualitative data such as metaphors and stories as they add context that quantitative data does not provide.

When paired with other thinking styles such as the L1, we complement each other when we have awareness of our differences in cognitive preference. As an R1 I think big picture and integrate new ideas and concepts easily, the L1 can take those designs and provide the detailed analysis necessary to bring the idea to life.

Curious to know what your own thinking style is? Or wonder how knowing your team individuals better could benefit your organization?

Without a doubt, people think and communicate in different ways. At Bridge 3 we view these differences as strengths that, when put to work in the right combination, lead to amazing new ideas and breakthrough solutions for organizations.

The Neethling Brain Inventory assessment is a great measure of thinking preferences and cognitive style. This insightful assessment  offers a deeper knowledge of how individuals lead, communicate, negotiate, innovate, and make decisions.

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