Division operating structure: Paradigms of inclusion model (PIM)
What is the PIM philosophy?
DDI uses the PIM in parallel to the Whole Brain model developed by Ned Herrmann. Ned Herrmann is considered the "Father of brain dominance technology." He drew on the work of Sperry and developed the theory brain dominance where people develop a dominant mode of thinking preference. DDI programs and services are designed to celebrate and empower dominant thinking in order to unveil the unlimited power of diversity. Thinking preferences have their own roots in our genetic makeup and they affect our underlying cognitive capabilities and ultimately our motives for productive and unproductive behaviors. As we develop, we tend to respond with our strongest abilities as these lead to quicker short-term rewards (gratification). Once stronger abilities are identified, DDI programs can create a positive feedback system that will strengthen those abilities. Eventually, this can lead to a powerful preference for one behavior over the other and a dislike and discomfort for other modes of thinking.
Herrmann developed the four-quadrant model of cognitive preferences and a questionnaire called the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI). The HBDI divides the brain into four different quadrants with four preferred styles of thinking...and behaviors. The quadrants are:
- Left cerebral hemisphere - analytical
- Left limic system - sequential
- Right limbic system - interpersonal
- Right cerebral hemisphere - imaginative
Each quadrant is associated with a color based upon instructions from "The Diversity Game," a game which causes participants to identify their strongest cognitive style and associated behaviors. The color association is: Red for interpersonal, Yellow for imaginative, Blue for analytical and Green for sequential.
The DDI programs and services are designed to collectively represent "whole brain thinking" - the ultimate goal of Herrmann's research, and to transform traditional educational practices. Individually, our programs are housed withing paradigms associated with one of the four brain quadrants. Together, they draw on one another's strengths to effect systemic change in day-to-day university operations (thought) and functionality (creative problem solving). Learn more by visiting the HBDI website.