True freedom is found on the other side of discomfort. Our true human power is unleashed when we make friends with uncomfortable emotions, nurture our intuition and lateral thinking, and tap into the power of somatic (body)-based wisdom… aka the full neural network throughout our bodies. When we talk about bringing more humanity into the workplace, this is where it all starts — nurturing this diversity of mind not within ourselves and in our teams.
The Whole Mind model includes 5 Mind Modes:
- Analyzing, which is typically considered “left brain” thinking and analysis. This mode tends to see differences and compartmentalize; it manages complexity by organizing.
- Connecting, which is typically considered “right brain;” however, lateral thinking and creativity often use both brain hemispheres. “Holistic” means that this mode grasps the gestalt and how things are connected. It is also comfortable with bottom-up, emergent thinking and behavior.
- Feeling, otherwise known as Emotional Quotient. Emotions are felt in the body, and named by our language center in the left hemisphere. Of our 34,000 emotions, the ones connected to the 12 Core Needs are powerful motivators. How do you want to feel, and how can you more intentionally design your life and work to feel more that way?
- Sensing, or somatic (body) wisdom that’s holistic in nature. This includes how we hold our bodies, our sensory awareness, and our body-based intuition of yes (expansion) and no (contraction). “Listen to your gut” or “butterflies in the stomach” is related to this mode.
- Orchestration is the ability to leverage each of the four modes based on context. While not everyone will master Orchestration within themselves, savvy leaders will understand how to create diverse teams that value each others’ Mode strengths.