Tools to Help You Take
Your Client's Thinking
Skills from Ordinary
to Really Something
|When the quality of people's lives
is the core issue, you want to get it
right. Here are BTC's step-by-step
guides to help you do exactly that.
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MindMaker6® Instructional Guide:
Leveraging the 'Action Buttons' of Values and Beliefs in Yourself and Others
Whether used with one person or with whole teams, MindMaker6 offers the thinking skills professional a superb opportunity to help clients understand how their worldviews color their perceptions, explanations and expectations of the world around them. The instrument is based on the spiral values model of the late Dr. Clare W. Graves, the pioneering multi-disciplinary-minded American psychologist.
This 13-page instructional document was prepared by Dudley Lynch, co-creator of MindMaker6. It begins by reminding the reader that, in facilitating MindMaker6, they, too are “struggling to explain ‘how things appear, how things work and how things are’ from the inside looking out.” His personal and executive coaching suggestions are draw from the very principles that MindMaker6 teaches: Ask for permission to meddle with their beliefs. Remember all rules are ambiguous. Recognize people have a right to be.
In a Q&A about Dr. Graves, Dudley briefly introduces the man, his theory and what made it so unique and earth-shatteringly different. Even if a newcomer to Gravesean theory, a professional educator, personal or executive coach or trainer will be able to respond adequately to most questions from their thinking skills and self development clients after reading this review.
Dudley’s discussion of how to use MindMaker6 is both a tutorial on the model itself as well as a guide to how to collect, present and interpret group findings. Reminding that that any exploration of values and beliefs in an organizational setting must be done with care and sensitivity, he draws on his own training experiences to suggest (1) possible areas of controversy (2) ways to guide participants in the questionnaire and scoring phases (3) post and narrate grouip results and (4) introduce participants to the tool’s self-interpretation sections. The guide also contains numerous “how to” illustrations.
Other things to read about the MindMaker6 model
These works, for which Brain Technologies President Dudley Lynch was the lead or sole author, contain extensive discussion of the MindMaker6 model and its applications not found in other sources:
- Strategy of the Dolphin®: Scoring a Win in a Chaotic World. A business book best-seller in the German and French languages. An alternate Literary Guild selection in the U.S.
- Your Dolphin High-Performance Business Brain: An Operator's Manual (257 pages, soft cover. Brain Technologies Corporation, 1993). An illustration-filled revision of Your High-Performance Business Brain, a MacMillan Book Club selection.
- Code of the Monarch: An Insider's Guide to the Real Global Business Revolution. (314 pages, soft cover. Brain Technologies Corporation, 1990). Goes beyond Graves to examine a new world-view expected to dominate cutting-edge ideas and technologies in the new century.
- Evergreen: Playing a Continuous Comeback Business Game. (208 pages, hard cover, New Echelon Press, 1995). A startlingly different kind of book about business thinking that encourages you (in the words of philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer) to expect "some things against your nature." Calls the most commonly encountered levels of existence identified by Dr. Graves on the values spiral "The Magnificent 7" and offers suggestions for detecting them in the stories people tell to explain themselves and justify what they've done.
- The Mother of All Minds: Leaping Free of an Outdated Human Nature. Dudley’s latest work on the Graves “biopsychosocial model” is also his most original, most evocative and, in many ways, most informative. He provides an “interior” view of the model, informed by his own experiences in changing levels of existence. Praised for its page-turning intensity and sense of personal discovery, the work combs modern psychology for insights supporting Dr. Graves’ conclusions that often surprise. (Example: how closely Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s stages of grief match Dr. Graves’ spiral values stages of existence.)
PathPrimer® Instructional Guide
The idea that it pays to know where you want to go next and then enact your vision and stay on message has transfixed much of management theory and practice as well as self development and self improvement theories, coaching and counseling for a half-century or more.
This guide orients facilitators to the core ideas, strategies and intended uses underlying PathPrimer's highly original approach, which is articulating what a person or group of people is alive to do. The guide:
- Provides the facilitator with several ways to explain why the purpose approach is a viable, valuable one to use when inviting a greater sense of order and direction into your planning and action.
- Discusses how to handle specific needs both of the facilitator and the participants as they work together through PathPrimer's probing search for meaning in an individual's life and work.
- Details how to construct group activities around key sections of PathPrimer. Also, the guide provides a point-by-point process for helping organizations and teams discover why they exist and how to benefit from this knowledge.
The mCircle® Instrument Instructional Guide
In today's swift-changing, fast-forward kind of world, it is essential to know how to "reframe" the meaning of events almost at will and shape your responses and personal decision-making strategies accordingly.
So how does a facilitator drive home to a group or team that it isn't so much what happens to you that determines the final outcome so much as it is how you respond to what happens to you? One highly effective way is to use Brain Technologies’ The mCircle Instrument.
This instructional manual outlines how to create rewarding life coaching and self development workshops or presentations built around results obtained from the use with one or more participants of The mCircle Instrument. The guide:
- Shows a facilitator how to introduce five significant "action strategies" that, when used skillfully and strategically, can be used to quickly reframe most situations encountered in one's personal and work life.
- Discusses in detail how to choose a strategy, especially when it will improve survival chances for a project or idea.
- Coaches the facilitator in the art and science of interpreting group mCircle profiles.
- Offers detailed instructions on how to facilitate an exercise that often takes the idea of Breakthrough Thinking to a completely new level for participants.
- Provides extensive coaching on how to make all the theories and strategies of The mCircle Instrument “come alive” for groups and teams.
The BrainMap® Instructional Guide:
Using The BrainMap to Get Your Teams Aligned, Motivated and Mobilized for Change
BrainMap creator Dudley Lynch draws on his many years of experience in using this “change your brain” assessment tool with teams, small groups and individuals. In this detailed 14-page thinking skills guide to facilitating the acclaimed brain test, he:
- Provides information on the number of participants required, materials needed and space and time required; where to go for additional background information; audio-visuals that are available and detailed point-by-point directions, usually with sample scripts for providing your participants with “how to” instructions.
- Discusses how to get participants to “buy into” an expectation that the tool can profoundly improve how they think about themselves, about others and about how the world works (after all, a “whole brain” instrument can be expected to contain “the whole world”!)
- Outlines a step-by-step process for administering The BrainMap to busy people who may have questions or issues that need to be addressed before they proceed to take the questionnaire and score their results.
- Offers "special touch" suggestions for producing a quality group BrainMap experience by focus the results on “the nitty-gritty of where people work, live and problem-solve.”
- Narrates an 8-step process for taking clients through the entire BrainMap interpretation section, offering tips and observations to help users connect powerfully with new information about their thinking skills.
Audio Visual Aids (PowerPoint Show)
Enhance your narration and interpretations of each of the four Brain Technologies assessment tools by using our highly professional PowerPoint shows. These are a multi-colored, animated presentations of several dozen slides with strong graphics and clearly worded descriptions that are easy to narrate. These audio visual aids will quickly establish you as an informed professional to be respected on the specific thinking-skill issues and techniques inherent in each of the assessment models and tools. It is also recommended that the audio visual aid user purchase the instructional guide described above for the assessment instrument involved.