Mindex: Introduction
The Mindex Model & Thinking Style Profile
© Karl Albrecht International
Introduction and Overview
What is Mindex?
Mindex is a model that helps us
understand minds - our own and others’.
What’s a Thinking Style?
It’s your preferred wayof processing information
Logical? Intuitive?
Visual?
Auditory?
Conceptual?
Each brain is
a unique
biocomputer
Each of us grows up
to become a unique
human being
What Do We Know About Minds?
With ou...
We All Have Our Own Ways
of Looking at Things
Our Brains Are Running on “Autopilot”
Most of the Time
We All Have “Thought
Processors”
in Our Brains
Our Past Experience
Distorts our Perception
“Lenses”
We Accept or Reject
Id...
. . . are often just differences in the ways
people arrange the “furniture” in their heads
Personality Conflicts
Can Cognitive Neuroscience
Help Us Understand the Way We Think?
Cognitive neuroscience is the study of how and why
people ...
The Original Brain Research?
Amazing Findings
from Modern Brain Research
CalTech, 1960s: “Split-brain” surgery
Dr. Joseph Bogen, Prof. Roger Sperry et ...
Each of Us Has Two “Computers”
in our Head (the Cerebral Hemispheres)
Your Left Hemisphere
is a “Digital” Computer
It hand...
Your Thinking Style
Listen
Learn
React
Remember
Organize thoughts
Solve problems
Decide
Form opinions
Plan
Express ideas
I...
Some people are more “left-brained,”
or analytical, in the way they think.
The Mindex Model refers to them
as “Blue” think...
Some people focus mostly on
concrete (sensory) experience.
The Mindex Model refers to them
as “Earth” thinkers.
Others pre...
Combining the Two Key Dimensions of
Thought,We Get Four Basic Thinking Modes:
Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain
Abstract vs.
Conc...
The Mindex Profile
Reveals Your Preferred Thinking Style.
Print Version Online Version
Where Did Mindex Come From?
From the Mind of Dr. Karl Albrecht
Executive Advisor, Author, Researcher, Futurist,
Speaker.
H...
The Mindex Model
Gives Memorable Names to the Four
Styles
Abstract
Concepts
Concrete
Experience
Left Brained Right Brained
You can estimate the Mindex styles of people you meet
by noticing various cues:
A New Way to “Read” People
Facts vs. feeli...
Right Brained and Concrete
“Here and Now”
Direct Experience
Uses Intuition and Hunches
Oriented to Feelings and
“Vibration...
Blue Earth Thinkers
Left Brained and Concrete
Focus: the “Bottom Line”
Facts and Figures
Uses Linear / Procedural
Thinking...
Right Brained and Abstract
Focus: the “Big Picture”
Dreams and Visions
Uses Hypothetical /
Projective Thinking
Oriented to...
Left Brained and Abstract
Focus: “The System”
Diagrams and Relationships
Uses Systematic Thinking
Oriented to Structure & ...
Each Person has a
”Home Base” Thinking Pattern
Blue Sky
Blue Earth Red Earth
Red Sky
How Do You See Yourself?
Are You Trying to
“Put Me in a Box?”
Mindex Validates Your Right
to Be Who You Are
No “best” thinking style
NeuroPlasticity: we can keep learning & growing
Neu...
Can a Half-Day Seminar
Change the Culture of
the Organization?
Maybe . . .
“Wall to wall” training with the Mindex Profile...
Are You “Getting Through” to Others?
Managing Minds: Dialogue
Managing Minds: Teamwork
Are You Leading Effectively?
Are You Reaching
All the Minds in the Room?
Managing Minds: Presenting Ideas
Managing Minds: Organizational Intelligence
Are You Using All the Available Brain Power?
Dr. Karl Albrecht
How Does Mindex Compare to the
Myers-Briggs “Type Indicator”
(MBTI)?
Mindex is simpler, and easier to un...
Who Uses Mindex?
Consulting
Firms
Consulting
Firms
Your Logo
Here?
Your Logo
Here?
AMA Japan
AMA Korea
“Who can say which
will be more important
in the end – landing on
the moon, or
understanding the
human mind?”
- Tenzin Gya...
To Know More About Mindex
http://www.KarlAlbrecht.com
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  • As a Myers-Briggs certified trainer and educational consultant, I see Mindex as an exciting program that incorporates Jungian theory and Isabel Briggs-Myers' profound insights. School personnel will welcome this research-based system. Good work Karl. I now follow you on LinkedIn.
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  • Using the two dimensions of structure (left-brain and right-brain) and content (concrete and abstract), we have four primary combinations, or patterns. The Mindex model substitutes simple metaphors of color and direction, to make the theory easy to remember, and to minimize the “medical” or “biological” connotations of the terminology. The Mindex model describes left-brain thinking (structural, sequential, analytical, numerical, verbal, and elemental) as “Blue” thinking. Right-brain thinking (holistic, patterned, spatial, intuitive, and emotionally referenced) as “Red” thinking. The dimension of concrete vs. abstract thinking becomes “Earth” and “Sky” respectively. No one of these patterns is “better” than any other. Everybody uses all four patterns. However, most people tend to develop a preference for one pattern as a kind of “home base” for their thinking. We can think of these four patterns as working somewhat like software “windows” on our computers; each window does something different with the information.
  • This discussion can help participants understand that they’re constantly receiving the signals that indicate the cognitive patterns of others. You may find it helpful to elicit most of the information from the participants rather than offer it yourself. This reinforces their ownership of the model, and validates the basic concepts in their personal experience.
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  • Using well-known people, celebrities, and public figures as examples of cognitive styles can help people anchor their knowledge in their own experience, and to see the effects of thinking patterns in the popular culture. The Star Trek characters can serve as useful - although stereotyped - models of thinking patterns. Captain Kirk is the Red Earth leader: practical, down to earth, action oriented. [This is the preferred stereotype of the strong leader that occurs most often in movies, TV dramas, and most adventure literature.] Mr. Spock is the quintessential Blue Earth: logical, literal, practical, organized. [Highly intelligent, analytical characters are seldom the primary heroes in popular fiction; they are typically stereotyped as useful but peculiar, and often socially incompetent.] The Doctor - “Bones” - represents the Blue Sky pattern: intellectual, cerebral, educated, reflective, scholarly. Kirk’s successor, played by actor Patrick Stewart, represents the Red Sky pattern: visionary, conceptual, less impulsive. You may want to discuss the impact of stereotypes like these.
  • Mindex: Your Thinking Style Profile

    1. 1. Mindex: Introduction The Mindex Model & Thinking Style Profile © Karl Albrecht International Introduction and Overview
    2. 2. What is Mindex? Mindex is a model that helps us understand minds - our own and others’.
    3. 3. What’s a Thinking Style? It’s your preferred wayof processing information Logical? Intuitive? Visual? Auditory? Conceptual?
    4. 4. Each brain is a unique biocomputer Each of us grows up to become a unique human being What Do We Know About Minds? With our own unique way of thinking . . .
    5. 5. We All Have Our Own Ways of Looking at Things
    6. 6. Our Brains Are Running on “Autopilot” Most of the Time
    7. 7. We All Have “Thought Processors” in Our Brains Our Past Experience Distorts our Perception “Lenses” We Accept or Reject Ideas Based on What We Already Believe “Filters” Our Assumptions, Beliefs, Conclusions, & Decisions Control our Learning “Templates”
    8. 8. . . . are often just differences in the ways people arrange the “furniture” in their heads Personality Conflicts
    9. 9. Can Cognitive Neuroscience Help Us Understand the Way We Think? Cognitive neuroscience is the study of how and why people think and behave the way they do.
    10. 10. The Original Brain Research?
    11. 11. Amazing Findings from Modern Brain Research CalTech, 1960s: “Split-brain” surgery Dr. Joseph Bogen, Prof. Roger Sperry et al. Bogen surgically separated the left & right cerebral hemispheres of epilepsy patients These “split-brain” people were studied by psychologists Conclusion: the left & right hemispheres work like two separate, complete, & different computers
    12. 12. Each of Us Has Two “Computers” in our Head (the Cerebral Hemispheres) Your Left Hemisphere is a “Digital” Computer It handles facts & figures, words, numbers, timing, sequences, procedures, logic, rules. It handles patterns, images, colors, sensations, spatial perception, sound, rhythms, intuition, hunches, interpreting emotions. Your Right Hemisphere is an “Analog” Computer
    13. 13. Your Thinking Style Listen Learn React Remember Organize thoughts Solve problems Decide Form opinions Plan Express ideas Is the Unique Way You:
    14. 14. Some people are more “left-brained,” or analytical, in the way they think. The Mindex Model refers to them as “Blue” thinkers. Others are more “right-brained,” or intuitive. The Mindex Model refers to them as “Red” thinkers. Left-brain vs. Right-brain Preference
    15. 15. Some people focus mostly on concrete (sensory) experience. The Mindex Model refers to them as “Earth” thinkers. Others prefer to think about abstract concepts and “theories.” The Mindex Model refers to them as “Sky” thinkers. Concrete vs. Abstract Preference
    16. 16. Combining the Two Key Dimensions of Thought,We Get Four Basic Thinking Modes: Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Abstract vs. Concrete These thinking patterns are called “cognitive archetypes” It’s a bit like having four “software windows” in your mind
    17. 17. The Mindex Profile Reveals Your Preferred Thinking Style. Print Version Online Version
    18. 18. Where Did Mindex Come From? From the Mind of Dr. Karl Albrecht Executive Advisor, Author, Researcher, Futurist, Speaker. He Developed Mindex in 1983.
    19. 19. The Mindex Model Gives Memorable Names to the Four Styles Abstract Concepts Concrete Experience Left Brained Right Brained
    20. 20. You can estimate the Mindex styles of people you meet by noticing various cues: A New Way to “Read” People Facts vs. feelings? Details? Train of thought? Reference to processes, procedures Eye movement, gestures Use of language; figures of speech
    21. 21. Right Brained and Concrete “Here and Now” Direct Experience Uses Intuition and Hunches Oriented to Feelings and “Vibrations” Red Earth Thinkers
    22. 22. Blue Earth Thinkers Left Brained and Concrete Focus: the “Bottom Line” Facts and Figures Uses Linear / Procedural Thinking Oriented to Logical Outcomes
    23. 23. Right Brained and Abstract Focus: the “Big Picture” Dreams and Visions Uses Hypothetical / Projective Thinking Oriented to Possibilities Red Sky Thinkers
    24. 24. Left Brained and Abstract Focus: “The System” Diagrams and Relationships Uses Systematic Thinking Oriented to Structure & Order Blue Sky Thinkers
    25. 25. Each Person has a ”Home Base” Thinking Pattern Blue Sky Blue Earth Red Earth Red Sky
    26. 26. How Do You See Yourself?
    27. 27. Are You Trying to “Put Me in a Box?”
    28. 28. Mindex Validates Your Right to Be Who You Are No “best” thinking style NeuroPlasticity: we can keep learning & growing NeuroDiversity: many kinds of “normal” Multiple Intelligences: many ways to be smart
    29. 29. Can a Half-Day Seminar Change the Culture of the Organization? Maybe . . . “Wall to wall” training with the Mindex Profile can empower everyone to think more clearly and communicate more effectively.
    30. 30. Are You “Getting Through” to Others? Managing Minds: Dialogue
    31. 31. Managing Minds: Teamwork Are You Leading Effectively?
    32. 32. Are You Reaching All the Minds in the Room? Managing Minds: Presenting Ideas
    33. 33. Managing Minds: Organizational Intelligence Are You Using All the Available Brain Power?
    34. 34. Dr. Karl Albrecht How Does Mindex Compare to the Myers-Briggs “Type Indicator” (MBTI)? Mindex is simpler, and easier to understand, explain, recall, and apply. They Measure the Same Thing: Cognitive Preference = NT NF ST SF
    35. 35. Who Uses Mindex? Consulting Firms Consulting Firms Your Logo Here? Your Logo Here? AMA Japan AMA Korea
    36. 36. “Who can say which will be more important in the end – landing on the moon, or understanding the human mind?” - Tenzin Gyatso 14th Dalai Lama
    37. 37. To Know More About Mindex http://www.KarlAlbrecht.com
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