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November 16, 2023

FourSight comes to Thanksgiving

For me, Thanksgiving used to feel like a command performance. As a mom who prefers to implement, I considered it my job to land the turkey, potatoes, yams, hams, beans, rolls, cranberry sauce, and gravy on the table, hot and delicious, in front of a dozen expectant family members, in record time.
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October 10, 2023

Do You Play Favorites?

Dorte Nielsen, founder of the Center for Creative Thinking in Copenhagen, gave the FourSight assessment to the faculty of a Danish high school. She gathered all the teachers in the cafeteria, handed out their results, and asked them what they had learned from their thinking preferences. One teacher stood up and said,
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August 29, 2023

The Hazard of Leading with Your Preference

As a team leader, you have lots to do. You have goals to meet and people to manage. You have to make assignments, clarify roles, communicate, fix problems, build systems, track trends, set strategy, and put out countless large and small fires along the way. Oh, plus your own work.
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July 11, 2023

5 Popular Problem-solving Approaches and the Thinking that Powers Them

The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book, Good Team, Bad Team: Lead People to Go After Big Challenges, Not Each Other, written by FourSight partners, Sarah Thurber and Blair Miller When our son got his first corporate job, he discovered the workplace was full of competing problem solving processes (e.g.
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January 31, 2023

Navigating Team Dynamics: What to Do When You Have No Clarifiers

What happens when your team's thinking preferences are really lopsided? When I was in grad school, everyone in my class took the FourSight Thinking Profile.
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December 22, 2022

Understanding Burnout in ER Doctors: The Role of Thinking Preferences

Burnout rates among physicians almost doubled. Is it the hours? The stress? Or something else entirely?
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September 28, 2022

The Untold Insights of Integrators in Team Dynamics

The thinking profile that risks “losing their own voice,” has plenty to say. They may just have a hard time saying it to you.
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August 30, 2022

Understanding Your FourSight Profile: What Your Energy Wave Reveals

We all have thinking preferences. Each of us has a high, neutral or low preference for every stage in the problem-solving process. We like to spend time and energy in areas of high preference. We may lose energy and focus in areas of low preference. Great solutions need all four types of thinking. So, if you let your
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August 26, 2022

Embracing Cognitive Diversity: The New Golden Rule for Effective Collaboration

What if I told you that the Golden Rule—the one that says “treat others the way you want to be treated”—can actually kill collaboration and innovation? My area of expertise is teams and innovation. I’ve seen the Golden Rule create conflict, miscommunication, and frustration when people expect their teammates to
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