Know thyself

Know thyself

By Viv Purkiss


20th November 2017

One of the advantages of understanding thinking patterns (meta programmes) and studying with the Mindsonar Programme is that it helps you to understand yourself more, particularly in different contexts.


Mindsonar tells us that scores of seven and over (out of ten) mean that it’s likely that a particular thinking pattern (meta programme) will be present across different contexts. Hence, I’ve found out about myself that I am very “Towards” and consistently “Matching.”   Being someone who is towards means that I want to achieve goals. Being someone who has the meta programme matching means I notice what is right rather than what is wrong. You may think this is a good mindset – I do call myself an eternal optimist – but it has disadvantages.


When I say that one of the things I often find myself saying is, “with the benefit of hindsight things could have been different,” you may start to understand the issue. It’s true that hindsight is 20/20, but I have now come to believe that I don’t think through issues enough – I don’t mismatch or look for problems.


I have a strong tendency to focus on goals and not think about what could go wrong, what other issues might impact on the goal, whether the goal could be achieved in other ways, whether it might be possible to delay the goal. I don’t do a personal options appraisal or think about the cons of a situation – really, I focus on the pros almost exclusively.


I’m good to have on the team because I am a “can do” person, and really that’s the sort of person you want (isn’t it?). But to those out there who are like me, maybe just a little time and effort to think about the downsides of a situation might help you understand what could go wrong – and to be better prepared if it does.


Mindsonar Executive Coaches not only help you understand your strengths but also address things that can be improved; your blind spots. A Mindsonar Executive Coach might point out to me that I am strong on matching, but also ask me how I am going to think about what is missing because to be strong in one thinking style might be to the detriment of other thinking styles. And a central tenet of thinking styles is that there is no right or wrong style – all have a part to play just some are more useful in given contexts. Know thyself

By Viv Purkiss



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