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INSTINCTIVE BRAIN SYSTEM

UNDERSTANDING
BRAIN SYSTEMS

Despite using all of the brain systems on any given day, we all have a dominant one. We often find our teams collectively lean towards one brain system too.

Let’s take a look at the Instinctive brain system...

INSTINCTIVE BEHAVIOURS AT WORK

One of the main sources of motivation is likely to be delivering results. We would expect people with a dominant Instinctive brain system to have some or all of these traits:

  • Direct
  • Results driven
  • Challenging
  • Competitive
  • Driven
  • Self-starter
  • Firm

PREFERRED ENVIRONMENT

People who predominantly use their instinctive brain system are likely to perform better in environments where:

  • They have freedom
  • Results are prioritised
  • Their work is non-routine
  • They work with challenges and opportunities

QUALITIES OF AN INSTINCTIVE TEAM

Teams who collectively exhibit high levels of the Instinctive system are likely to bring the following qualities:

  • Organisation
  • Challenges others
  • Gets things done
  • Makes decisions
  • Demands results
  • Uncompromising
  • Compelling
  • Confident

CONSIDERATIONS FOR AN INSTINCTIVE TEAM

Try:

  • Being direct
  • Being conclusive
  • Presenting solutions... not problems
  • Letting them make the call
  • Allowing independence

Avoid:

  • Going into lots of detail
  • Overly focusing on people, feelings or future challenges
  • Confronting them or telling them what to do

Clive Hyland, Head of Neuroscience at The Happiness Index

CLIVE HYLAND

Head of Neuroscience

The Happiness Index

Our instincts are the fastest performing part of the brain and are there to protect us and help us to grab opportunities for personal growth. But they will also be biased and carry misconceptions, therefore we also need to pay attention to higher intelligence.

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