Amazing Thinker 360:

How Our Mind Works

Right and Left Brain Functions

How To Get the Most of Them  >>>


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Right Brain / Left Brain Functions

Left Brain is responsible for:

Right Brain is responsible for:


Emotions, creativity, imagination


Pictures, color






Spatial awareness



Parts and specifics

The big picture: wholes and relationships among the parts

Analysis (breaking apart)

Synthesis (putting together)

Sequential thinking

Simultaneous and holistic thinking

Is time-bound, has a sense of time and goals and your position in relation to those goals

Is time free, might lose a sense of time altogether

Governs the right side of your body

Governs the left side of your body


Systems    Holistic    Systemic    Systematic    Paradigms

Lateral    Outside the Box    Inventive    Positive

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Milestone-based    Discoveries >> Accidental Discoveries

Subconscious Mind    Intuition

Smart & Fast Decision Maker


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Creative Problem Solving    Brainstorming

Knowing Yourself and Others

Mental Maps    Perceptions    Meditation


Left Brain / Right Brain

Research on brain theory helps you understand why some people are excellent inventors but poor producers or good managers but weak leaders. The research indicates that the brain is divided into two hemispheres, the left and the right, and that each hemisphere specializes in different functions, processes different kinds of information, and deals with different kinds of problems. The left brain works more with logic and analysis, the right works more with emotions and imagination.

Subconscious vs. Conscious

"As we apply brain dominance theory to the three essential roles of organizations, we see that the manager's role primarily would be left brain and the leader's role right brain. The producer's role would depend upon the nature of the work. If it's verbal, logical, analytical work, that would be essentially left brain; if it's more intuitive, emotional, or creative creative work, it would be right brain. People who are excellent managers but poor leaders may be extremely well organized and run a tight ship with superior systems and procedures and detailed job descriptions. But unless they are internally motivated, little gets done because there is no feeling, no heart; everything is too mechanical, too formal, too tight, too protective. A looser organization may work much better even though it may appear to an outsider observer to be disorganized and confused. Truly significant accomplishments may result simply because people share a common vision, purpose, or sense of mission,"  says Stephen Covey.

Work Smart and Hard

Divide Your Time Between the Left-Brain and Right-Brain Activity

If you keep bouncing back and forth between creative and analytical activities, you'll get a headache and won't produce your best results. Analysis, evaluation and judgment get in the way of creativity. That's why in brainstorming sessions we suspend judgment while we generate ideas. Similarly, radical innovation project managers apply the loose-tight leadership technique to divide time between divergent and convergent thinking by their team members at different project stages.

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