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Balanced Thinking Skills

One of the most critical business skills is the ability to have a well-balanced thinking style when solving problems, making decisions, communicating and leading others. Understanding the limitations of one’s individual thinking style while recognizing the different thinking styles of others is a critical step in developing oneself as an effective manager and leader. This workshop, based on the work of the renowned Herrmann Institute in North Carolina, will help participants better understand and broaden their individual thinking styles – becoming better communicators, decision-makers and leaders in the process.

Dates: November 6-7, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $995 (including individual thinking profile which contains customized feedback, booklets, exercises - $150 value)

Dates: April 13-14, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $995 (including individual thinking profile which contains customized feedback, booklets, exercises - $150 value)

PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs): 14

Note: Each participant will receive a binder with materials and exercises.


The Balanced Thinking Skills workshop delivers a powerful and dynamic learning experience that helps participants better understand how their thinking styles and personal needs impact how they lead, communicate, give and receive feedback, solve problems, resolve conflict, interact with others and make daily decisions. The focus of the workshop is providing each participant with individual feedback on their unique thinking style and personal needs and the corresponding impact on their leadership style. Much of the program content is derived from the world-renowned Herrmann Institute. This workshop will also use the FIRO-B assessment tool and the Johari Window to help participants better understand their personal needs and how they are perceived by others.

Who Should Attend

Senior, middle and front line supervisors and non-supervisory employees who want to broaden their thinking skills and become whole-brain thinkers.


  • To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to communications.
  • To better relate the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument and the concept of whole brain thinking to oneself and the leadership/management role.
  • To better understand how differences in thinking styles can result in conflict.
  • To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to leadership and one’s personal leadership style.
  • To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to problem solving and decision-making.
  • To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to teamwork.
  • To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to giving feedback to people with different thinking styles.
  • To apply whole brain, balanced thinking to strategic planning.
  • To understand one’s personal needs and how they relate to one’s leadership style.
  • To help participants understand the Johari Window and how others might perceive them.

Topics Covered

  • Whole brain, balanced thinking,
  • Individual needs
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Problem solving and decision making


Robert Paris, B.Comm., M.B.A., CSP

Robert Paris is a management trainer and consultant who focuses on helping organizations attract, retain and increase the productivity of their human resources. Robert’s specific areas of expertise include assisting managers and non-supervisory employees to develop essential leadership and coaching skills; helping organizations achieve their business objectives by developing a culture that supports and encourages bottom line-oriented innovation initiatives; and creating long term employee and customer loyalty by designing and implementing superior internal and external customer service practices. Robert is a professional coach who has counselled CEOs, C-Suite Executives, middle managers and first time supervisors on a wide array of issues, including career planning.

Robert designed and facilitated the original leadership program for the Cirque du Soleil on five continents and has become a trusted advisor to many organizations. Robert currently facilitates professional development workshops at the McGill School of Continuing Studies and the John Molson School of Business Executive Centre.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca