LEFT BRAIN MEET RIGHT BRAIN

TGI-TUESDAY!

It’s what we get to do, not have to do.

 

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Working at Truss Systems I’ve worked with many “left side brained people” over the last 6 months:

GOOGLE TELLS ME:

“A person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical, and objective. A person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective. In psychology, the theory is based on the lateralization of brain function.”

So for a guy like me that is a:

HUGE GUT FEEL… “DRIVER”… A BIG RIGHT BRAIN GUY… A …READY….FIRE…AIM guy …working with left sided brain people can be frustrating….and I am sure it is for them to work with me as well- I am thankful they put up with me!  THANK YOU!

SO WHAT I LEARNED TO DO IS….

TELL THE WHYS.  PROVIDE DATA.  MATH.  REASONS.  STORIES OF HOW WE GOT HERE AND WHERE WE ARE GOING.  THE DO’S …AS WELL AS THE DON’TS…

THEY NEED TO SEE THE STEPS AND THE PATH.  (OMG, BLOW MY BRAIN UP… WHO CARES, WE WILL FIGURE IT OUT— MY RIGHT BRAIN TALKING!)  

LEFT BRAIN people want to know WHY we are doing this.  Often that is math driven, or logically driven, it has to make sense on all levels.  Which means there is an often a digestion period.  So as they digest the salad I tend to already be done with dessert and already have the dishes cleaned!

I learned from my failings that IF things are not black in white, to say things like USUALLY this or that, but not ALWAYS.  Or, we are doing this project DOWN THE ROAD, not now…and that vision isn’t clear yet.  And just say that story hasn’t been written.  Right brainers can dream with no sequence of WHY or How, they just see the future, they don’t see the path, left brainers (thank God) want to see the path FIRST before we get to our destination.

That I think has really helped our relationships, just explaining the whys in a logical sequence.

You see, Drexel needs BOTH OF US.

I’m an emotional, passionate, probably intimidating dude.  I don’t like the intimidating part, BUT I GET IT.  Please have the courage to talk to me…and harshly if you need to!  I am human too with a big soft underbelly!

I will try to tell you the WHYS.  If not ask my the WHYS, that will trigger me to explain further (after a deep breath and a swig of coffee)… It’s not a strength of mine, I prefer to lead with fire, emotion, and a gut feel based on my logic and will sell you on my thinking …and then I hope we IMMEDIATELY charge to battle and figure it out together filled with adrenaline based on the unknowns.  EXCITING!

I do realize left sided people are waiting for me when I charge to BLOW UP since it doesn’t make logical sense to them.  They don’t see the hours and hours I worked on a decision I gave them in 20 seconds.  They think I am winging it, because I haven’t told them WHY…. So I have to explain the WHY.

HOPE YOU CAN USE THIS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE DIFFERENT THAN YOU!

I hope that made sense, and “clicked” with 1, 2, or even 3 people!

#TEAM

#TOGETHER

#FACIL

–> JOEL

 

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