Benziger’s Thinking Styles Assessment
There is no shortage of assessment tools to be used by managers hoping to analyze thinking styles among employees and potential employees. However, many of those tools and models function in a way which is very similar to one another. That is not true when taking a look at Benziger’s Thinking Styles Assessment. This is a tool that approaches the topic from an entirely different direction, which may be just what you need to gain valuable information.
In this assessment, Benziger identifies four brain types, each of which comes along with specific strengths and preferences. By identifying which of the four ‘modes’ an individual falls into, it will be possible to place them in the best possible situation for success.
It is not that any one of these ‘modes’ is better than the other; they are simply different. The four possibilities are as follows –
- Basal Left
- Basal Right
- Frontal Right
- Frontal Left
Of these four options, each person will have one of the four where they do their best work, so to speak. By pairing up people who operate best in a specific mode with a job that asks them to stay in that mode most of the time, performance can be optimized. The content below is going to take a closer look at each of the four modes.
Someone who operates best in the Basal Left mode is an individual who prefers to have clear-cut systems and procedures in place for their work day. This is a practical person who others can rely on to be steady, sensible, and logical. Those with a preference for the Basal Left mode tend to be solid employees who are excellent at filling their role within the organization. Most likely, your business has plenty of roles which would be nicely held by this kind of individual.
While there are many jobs that can be handled beautifully by this person, there are areas where a Basal Left thinker may be out of his or her element. For instance, this person may not be particularly creative, preferring to stick to the plan or the rules rather than branching out with a new idea. Also, this individual may struggle when work gets ‘messy’ and has to be improvised on the fly. If a particular job calls for the employees to frequently adapt on-the-fly, it might not be a good fit for someone in the Basal Left category.
This next mode is quite different from the first stop on our list. Here we find a person who is more concerned with emotional connections and finding harmony than staying within the lines and following strict processes. They trust their feelings most of all, and they have a need for solid personal relationships. In your organization, this person will usually be known as a ‘team player’ whom others can trust for support.
Of course, you can probably already see where the discussion is headed with regard to this type of employee. This is likely not a person you want to place in a highly structured role, both because they would not be effective and because they would not feel satisfied. Rather, this individual needs the room to be creative while getting to work regularly with others.
At this stop on the list, we find another individual who will prefer to be creative and open-minded as opposed to stuck in a structure of rules and procedures. This is an employee who likes to work on intuition rather than hard fact – which can be both a good and a bad thing, depending on the situation. Finding meaning in their work is important for a person who settles into the Frontal Right part of this model, so this person is not likely to be a good fit for repetitive, basic tasks.
In some cases, for some organizations, this is the type of person who may be a good fit for dealing with the customer. Along with those who work well in the Basal Right mode, someone in the Frontal Right mode will appreciate the meaning that can come from working with people, and their intuition may come in handy when trying to foster a strong relationship.
To conclude our list of the four modes in this model, we find the Frontal Left mode. This individual is someone who likes to think clearly and logically about the situation at hand. Analytics are a strong point of this person, and specific targets and goals are always appreciated. Very likely, this is someone who will work hard to climb the corporate ladder by checking off a variety of achievements along the way.
Many jobs within a traditional business are a perfect fit for this kind of employee. By laying out expectations and criteria for this person, management can expect to get excellent results. Of course, this is the type of person who tends to struggle when creativity is called for on the job. Without clearly defined objectives and the structure that comes with a set of goals or benchmarks, this person may feel out of place and a bit lost. As long as they are left in an environment which suits their mode of thinking, someone who tends to the Frontal Left mode can be a tremendous asset.
Allowing people to use their natural talents is a powerful thing. A person who is placed in the right job for their strengths – or, at least, is given the right tools to perform the job in a manner that they see fit – is going to be a more productive employee. Not only will this person provide more value to the company, but he or she should be happier on the job as well. In the end, everybody wins when employees are able to find their way into the right role based on their dominant mode of thinking.
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