When the left brain meets the right brain – especially when it is someone else’s right brain, it can be a meeting of difficult progress.
I have a right brain bias. I enjoy the company of both and fortunately did a left brain/right brain based degree.
Logic is great for a lot of things, but I believe the spirit of the organisation is a right brain thing. And if you’re out of spirit you are out of business.
For those not familiar –
[pullquote]Right brain: Random, Intuitive, Holistic, Synthesizing, Subjective, Looks at wholes
Left brain: Logical, Sequential, Rational, Analytical, Objective, Looks at parts[/pullquote]
The right brain may be described as clockwise, it takes us forward, whilst most of the left brain functions take us back over facts, data, history etc. and is described as counter-clockwise.
To strong left brainers, right brainers can seem somewhat unhinged!
Many right brainers are now amongst the big movers and shakers out there. Richard Branson, (the late) Anita Roddick, Steve Jobs, Seth Godin and author and trained architect Arundhati Roy amongst them. Women are more predisposed to right brain (some would say that’s why they are – right!).
I agree with those commentators that predict right brain as the way of the future.
If you are not starting to give your right brain a work-out then watch out.
• Facts won’t keep pace with change. Paralysis by analysis will happen at light speed relative to the past.
• Movements will not be logical and sometimes those that are meant to be logical are destructive (the financial crisis was fuelled by a process built on logic).
• An increasingly selective consumer will not be wowed by a selection of 1 or a ‘me too’. Henry Ford’s Model T wouldn’t see the light of day. Creativity and innovation will rule.
Get amongst it. Learn how to engage right brain.
Think about how you build yours and others ability and how you let those with natural right brain inclinations shine in your organisation.
Do the Right thing.