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The NBI® Leadership Style instrument provides insight into your leadership style and issues that are important to you (but may not be to your staff or colleagues), as well as identifying where there may be gaps in your leadership approaches.
Developing a more meaningful leadership style, and making more dynamic contributions and decisions in the company, are but a few of the advantages of understanding your leadership style. Improving relationships and the creation of a positive work environment result from the leader who leads with his/her whole brain.
The NBI® Job instrument is a descriptive, non-judgmental assessment that identifies the skills needed in every quadrant in order to succeed at a particular job. The profile report focuses the specific quadrant scores, and makes recommendations based on these scores.
This instrument which identifies the brain of the job replaces the old-fashioned job descriptions – you get an exact description of the skills and attitudes necessary to excel in the different kinds of jobs functioning within the organisation. This instrument can therefore be used to design the job profiles of every existing and future jobs in the company – and an understanding of the type of people who should fill those jobs.
The NBI® Creativity Style instrument provides insight into the way in which you are creative. Every human being is born with creativity at a superior level, but unfortunately the majority of us lose some of our creativity along the way.
This instrument identifies the type of creativity you prefer and apply. Since the focus of this NBI® instrument is on thinking preferences, the end result is not good or bad, right or wrong. The NBI® Creativity Style instrument provides a profile report which is a descriptive, objective analysis of an individual’s thinking preferences – no profile is better or worse than another. Instead, the report gives you a description of your thought preferences, and makes recommendations based on these preferences.
The NBI® Skills instrument identifies an individual’s personal skills. You may have acquired skills in a particular area that are not really indicative of your brain preferences. Alternatively, you may have a very strong preference in one area, but have never had the opportunity to develop the necessary skills in that area.
It could happen that your skills profile differs from your preference profile. The most common reason for this is that preferring (‘liking’) something does not automatically mean you have the skills to execute or implement the preference.
Sometimes the opposite is true. A person may have excellent skills for accounting, but have little or no preference for doing the work of an accountant. It would be very difficult to sustain passion and energy if the correlation between the preference profile and skills profile is low.
The NBI® Personal Negativity instrument will give you greater insight into your negative thinking. It identifies the processes most likely to cause your negativity and block your happiness and success. Once you (and the organisation) have identified the essence of the negativity the right solutions become very possible.
Your NBI® General Adult profile (measuring your thinking preferences) and your NBI® Personal Negativity profile will not look the same. In fact, you will often have a high negativity score in a quadrant where you have low brain preferences.
For example, you may have low brain preferences for detail, organisation and structure (the L2 quadrant). When working in an environment where these processes receive strong emphasis, you may experience high negativity towards these processes, and therefore have a high negativity score in this quadrant.
The NBI® General Adult instrument offers insight into the way you prefer to think, and increases your awareness of and sensitivity to, the thinking preferences of others.
Understanding your thinking profile will enable you to develop better relationships, make more dynamic contributions in a team context, and make sound and relevant decisions. It will also put you in a position to make more accurate job and career choices, and to determine the correct subject or field of study for you academic life, leading to a more productive and fulfilling personal and professional life.
(This article was published in Succeed magazine)
Every generation throughout the ages has developed the relevant knowledge and skills to deal with their immediate world and circumstances.
According to Dr Kobus Neethling, this understanding has been entrenched so deeply into our existence that we have been conditioned to think in a particular way. The end result is narrow mindedness and inability to use the entire brain to tap into our true potential.
Kobus Neethling life studying the intricacies of the human brain. His qualifications are formidable. They include two Master’s degrees, a Doctorate and a post Doctorate degree in the identification and development of creative behaviour, from the universities of Cape Town and Georgia in the USA.
He has written more than 90 TV series and 80 books, many of which have become international best sellers. However, one book aptly titled, Making the impossible possible, which Neethling co-authored, earned him a Guinness World record. It became the first book of more than 100 pages to be written in the fastest time ever – four and a half minutes.
His latest contribution to the literary world, Am I clever or am I stupid?, was co-authored by Raché Rutherford. It aims to broaden the human mind and improve confidence and thinking skills, while at the same time helping people to accept others with differing personalities, more easily.
"It is never too late to transform the way you think. It doesn’t matter if you are eight or eighty years old, you can still become the person you have always dreamed you wanted to be," says Neethling.
The book removes the stigma attached to the words clever and stupid and helps the reader discover more about him or herself. "You are unique, clever and creative in your own special way and as you become aware of yourunique abilities your confidence will grow and you will start to tap into your full potential."
Neethling believes that the words clever and stupid have been used to describe people for centuries and have become intimidating descriptions used to label people according to broadly accepted norms. This narrowminded labelling is being facilitated in schools where you are given an A, B, C, D, E or F symbol to rate how brilliant or unintelligent you are.
You never escape this labelling and even thirty years after finishing school you continue to label others and yourself according to the clever, average or stupid categories.
While the education you received at school is very important it is critical to expand your thinking beyond these narrow paradigms, to truly understand what is clever and stupid in the 21st century.
Tragically, those classified as stupid eventually convince themselves that they are unable to accomplish anything and tend to settle for mediocrity. To truly transform our approach to this type of thinking, we must reverse this classification by changing the emotions and behaviour attached to the stigma.
"Once you change your thinking, you can change absolutely anything." Accepting this belief gives individuals power to transform anything negative to their advantage. Thoughts come from your own mind – you create them, which means you have the ability to change and condition your thoughts.
This conditioning of your thoughts allows you to eliminate negativity, which limits your abilities, and focus on positivity, which allows you to approach situations in a new, dynamic and fresh way. Neethling has committed his life to helping others achieve greatness by improving their business and personal exploits. "My passion is to show you how to ignite the creative spark from within and shine a light far brighter than any light bulb, spark or flame."
As one of the leading global intellectuals, he does not allow his success to distract him from his true passion, which is to drive transformation by shaping the way individuals use their brains. As a result Neethling has become a renowned international trainer and keynote speaker.
Neethling has presented noteworthy motivational speeches, training and development programmes for many of South Africa's leading companies and organisations. The list includes Shell, BMW, Ogilvy & Mather, Mercedes-Benz, Anglo American, Amplats,Anglo Gold, Old Mutual, Sanlam and three of South Africa’s four major banks.
In April this year Neethling was billed as, "one of the top three speakers in the world on the topics of creativity and innovation" at the 12th European Conference on Creativityand Innovation.