Our free brain training games helps to develop both convergent thinking and divergent thinking. Feel free to download them for free. You'll also find a free DISC and emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) quiz
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Free DISC psychometric test
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This DISC psychometric tool measures how a person prefers to interact and communicate with others. DISC creates a self-awareness to better understand ourselves and the people we come into contact with at work and the wider society. The DISC questionnaire takes around 15 minutes to complete and needs to be done as honestly as possible.
The DISC model divides people into four main behavioural styles which is easier for team members to understand rather than the 16 Myers Briggs report. You will be identified as either People-oriented or Task-oriented and then assertive or passive. The behavioural categories are:
Free Emotional Intelligence (EI) test
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Emotional Intelligence – EQ or EI is a term created by two researchers – Peter Salavoy and John Mayer – and popularised by Dan Goleman, in his 1996 book of the same name, which will help you and your team to discover how to develop leadership qualities
It’s fair to define EI or EQ as the ability to:
In practical terms, this means being aware that emotions can drive our behaviour and impact people (positively and negatively) and learning how to manage those emotions – both our own and others – especially when we are under pressure.
The answers are at the bottom of the page
There are two different types of creative thinking involved with problem solving: Divergent thinking and convergent thinking.
Divergent thinking - Involves using lateral thinking strategies to create choices, generate ideas, or come up with lots of solutions or options. Brainstorming and mind mapping are good examples of divergent thinking.
Convergent Thinking - By contrast, is about finding a single solution, or forming associations and seeing links between concepts. Ideas that come to you in the shower, or solutions that present themselves in your sleep, are more likely to be the product of convergent thinking.
Each type of thinking is valuable for different reasons. Let’s first explore how differently they feel.
Improving divergent thinking
When you need to create lots of ideas, solutions, or strategies, to improve your divergent thinking, try the following:
Exercise: Alphabet storm.
Spend 10 minutes thinking of ways to use a paperclip – but this time, generate one way for each letter of the alphabet.
For example, “Earring” would go in the E. Be as imaginative as possible and do as many of the letters as you can.
Download the alphabet storm activity sheet to help you.
What did you notice doing this exercise? Did you find it easier or harder than the less restricted exercise? Many people find the alphabet storm easier. Paradoxically, restriction in one task can sometimes facilitate more creative freedom in another. If you came up with more ideas this time, it might be because the latter instruction allowed you to stop judging, moderating, and therefore limiting your creative ideas for a paperclip.
To improve divergent thinking, also try to disrupt your thinking style, or shift your cognitive approach:
What would your customers think?
What would your employees feel?
View your problem through the eyes of others and you may note a perspective you would have otherwise missed.
Improving Convergent Thinking
Try the convergent exercise again:
The convergent and divergent activities are straight out of this excellent book by Phil Dobson. It's well worth a read.
There is a fantastic activity contained in the book about how to remember a list of 20 random words.
Have any more answers presented themselves?
A break away from problems like these helps you find solutions. As counterintuitive as it might seem, when you need to find a single solution, sometimes you need to remove yourself from the problem for the answer to present itself. You have ideas in the shower, and make new associations in your sleep, because you stop thinking about the problem.
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Answers for the free brain training games
Convergent think activity
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