Balance between analytical and intuitive skills development, in such a way that the best of the human brain can be achieved.
Make greater use of new skills development techniques such as role playing and use of behavioral laboratories. Put students in situations where they can practice interpersonal, informational and decisional management skills. It is said that people who are trained to use one part of the brain more exclusively are relatively unable to use the other part of the brain in an equally efficient manner.
Some jobs, such as accounting and computing, heavily rely on left brain functions whilst artistic work requires a strong right brain. This specialization of the brain explains why some people are so clever at certain tasks and so poor in others. When we associate the right brain with creativity and the left brain with order, how do we release the creativity of people with dominant left brains? Many techniques for creativity involve giving the left brain something complicated to do, which occupies the left brain and releases the right brain’s capacity for insight, intuition and inspiration.Interestingly, complicated left brain tasks can be found in many practices – from mystical ones like astrology and tarot, to respectable ones like law and the civil service.
These left brain tasks merely contain and validate the true purpose and wisdom of these practices, which comes from the right brain. According to Prof. Gunapala Nanayakkara “Successful management requires balanced attention to production or task dimension and the people or human relations dimension in a workplace. ” It is clear to us that task dimension requires more left brain activity whilst the human dimension depends on the strength of the right brain.Therefore I believe that it is essential for one to have integration of the left and right brains to achieve higher levels of results, to manage conflict situations and to be an outstanding manager in today’s highly competitive environments.
We frequently observe managers in the workplace being delighted when they realize facts they must have known anyway. For one to be a successful manager with leadership qualities it is vital that he specializes in his left brain understanding / getting to know what his right brain knows.Many literatures on the specializations of the human brain go on to explain the difference between the characteristics of the left and right brains. Appendix 1 gives an elaborative list of such distinctions. Main functions of the human brain can be summarised as follows: (i) Analyzing: analytical thinking is closely related to logical step-by-step reasoning.
Logic has two main parts: deduction and induction. (ii) Synthesizing and Imagining: putting or placing things together to make a whole. You can do it physically or mentally. (iii) Valuing: judging people, establishing success criteria, evaluating and appraising performance.In all valuing there is an objective element and a subjective one. What you actually value depends very largely upon your environment and culture As we apply brain dominance theory we see that the planner’s role primarily would be left brain and the manager’s role right brain.
Verbal, logical, analytical work would be essentially left brain whilst more intuitive, emotional, or creative work would be right brain. People who are excellent planners but poor managers/ 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, formal, tight and 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. The industrialized West based their firms on Taylors model where the bosses did the thinking and the workers did the execution.However Konosuke Matsushita, founder of Japans Matsushita Electric Ltd.
, said that, to beat the industrialized West and ensure continued existence, they have to go beyond the said mindset and start to use the creative thinking power of each employee. To be a successful manager in todays complex environment, I strongly believe that, one should have integrative skills of using what the right brain knows with one’s left brain to make effective decisions. This is also endorsed by a study conducted by Westin Agor in the early 1980’s.