MindTime is for Organisations 2017-11-21T10:25:17+00:00

MindTime® for Organisations

Improve the performance of cross-functional teams

“That’s why we click. He’s different from me. I can understand it now.” – Tai Alegbe from Baacco

Modern management frameworks leverage the significant innovation and productivity gains that come from developing cross-functional teams. However, with cross-functional teams comes potentially destructive conflict. This is because when people work within a single function, they are more likely to work with others who think most like them. We are far more likely to encounter radically different thinking styles when we work with people who come from other functions, which can trigger our emotional defenses.

MindTime rapidly defuses destructive, emotional conflict by enabling every team member to understand their strengths and celebrate their differences.

Baacco are a startup team from London. Hear how a short workshop with MindTime helped transform the way their team works. Read more

Communicate internally more effectively

Different archetypes are motivated by different things, and they all use different communication styles:

Past ThinkingPresent ThinkingFuture Thinking
NeedsInformation and dataRules and structureOptions and open-ended scenarios
 Communication style Verbose and wordy To the point Ideas and metaphors
 Seeks Evidence Control Opportunity
 Learning styleResearch, reading, observationReading instructions, following a manual, doing Experimentation, trial and error
FearsLoss of informationLoss of control Loss of hope
 Believes in Truth Stability Possibility
 Self esteem from Validated ideas Goals acheived Celebrated ideas

If your organization is dominated by Past thinkers, you’ll communicate with them best when you present volumes of proven information and data. Future thinkers, on the other hand, will be averse to these details and would prefer to celebrate ideas and ask “what if?”

Use MindTime to discover the dominant archetype in the groups of people you need to motivate. Hire skilled internal communicators with similar archetypes. Then, ensure that the bulk of their communication reflects the dominant archetype’s needs, but be to add in tidbits for everyone.

Acquire, Activate, and Delight Customers

Build the right product and market it effectively

Every product has a location in time and will appeal to different audiences.

For instance, precision measuring equipment will generally appeal to Truth-seekers, practical tools will appeal to Organizers, and the latest technology gadgets will appeal to Visionaries.

When you understand your product and audience through the lens of time, you’ll be able to market and acquire new customers more effectively.

Improve Decision Making

Simply draw a triangle on your whiteboards (use chart tape to make it semi-permanent). At the start of every important meeting, have the participants indicate their mental location on the triangle. You’ll have a quick guide to the balance of thinking in the room.

Give it a try: hypothesize what will happen in each of these examples, then hover over or tap the whiteboard to get our take.

The Visionaries (Future-thinkers) will come up with novel ideas and there’s just enough Organizers (Present-thinkers) in the room to bring those ideas to life. But there aren’t any Truth-seekers (Past-thinkers) to do due-diligence. This team could waste a lot of time and money implementing a bad idea.

This meeting is dominated by Past and Present thinking with a single Visionary. The Visionary will struggle to have their ideas adequately considered. The Truth-seekers, Curators, Engineers and Organizer must avoid group-think. Having an empowered Connector (Past-Present-Future) in the room would bridge the gap.

This meeting is set up for success, particularly if there is mutual trust, safety, and the Connector in the center is empowered to facilitate the meeting. Every critical viewpoint is available in the room for consultation.

World-class innovation emerges from world-class collaboration.

How many times have you seen a fabulous idea fail miserably, and sit there wondering, “what went wrong?”

This generally happens because the people involved with that idea were thinking in the wrong sequence.

We usually refer to the three perspectives of time in this chronological sequence: Past → Present → Future. While this ordering of time perspectives seems to be perfectly intuitive, it also lies at the root of our failed thinking process.

To produce the best results with our thinking, we have to do what seemingly only humans have learned how to do: bend time.

In our minds, we can quite literally move the Past so that it sits between the Future and the Present. This gives us the thinking sequence Future  Past  Present. Why would we do this? Why would we mess with the usual order of time? To gain clarity and enhance creativity. This is the secret of MindTime.

After we’ve had a bright idea, we’re best served if we stop and reflect on that idea and consider the consequences before setting it in motion.

Thus the new formula goes like this:

Although you’ll find this wise insight being used in almost every serious endeavour—it is remarkably absent from our daily lives.

Most of us begin with Future thinking first (coming up with the idea), then move into Present thinking (putting a plan into action), and only later apply Past thinking, when we’re trying to figure out what went wrong (and if you’re resistant to Past thinking you probably don’t even do that).

Yet this seemingly intuitive approach doesn’t work. In fact, you can usually count on it to yield a poor outcome!

We’ve seen this happen over and over again. A Visionary has a fabulous idea and then invests a fortune turning out a product only to find he is being sued for patent infringement. A company engages in offshore drilling and after a devastating accident finds out that its emergency disaster response plans are not at all well thought through or evaluated for a proper response.

In both situations, the train wreck might have been averted with the application of forethought, analysis, and research. The Visionary could have done a thorough patent search before production. The oil company should have ensured, before it sunk its drill bit into the seabed, that it knew exactly what to do if it all went terribly wrong; then they would have been ready to act decisively in the face of catastrophe.

The MindTime approach involves re-ordering the thought process.

How do I use MindTime?

Get Satori Cards

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Play with Satori Cards to familiarize yourself with the game and learn your archetype. Next, read your Premium Archetype Profile so that you can gain key insights and put them to work immediately. Finally, read the other Premium Archetype Profiles so that you can support all of your clients well.

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Use our API

Imagine having a better understanding of your customers’ deepest patterns of thought and being able to apply that in your own business process or application.

Our advanced API delivers the power of MindTime to your systems, allowing you to seamlessly embed our powerful insights into your workflow.

Built on the latest technologies, and customisable to your precise requirements, the MindTime API puts the power of the MindTime framework in your hands.

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