Change Implementation Techniques for Laying a Foundation for New Ways

Technique 1.57 Brain Wiring Test (Gender Indicator)

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. This test is designed to indicate the masculinity or femininity of the brain patterns. There are no right or wrong answers.

. There are many differences between males and females, and if you are working with people of the opposite sex, you need to be aware of the differences. The basis for these differences is that the male and female brains are hardwired differently and as a result we have differing ways we prefer to communicate and think. For example, males are into immediate problem solving while females prefer to discuss the issue before going to the solution.

. The questionnaire will indicate your preference for values, behaviours, style, orientation and choices


Circle the statement, ie "a or b or c", that is most likely to be true for you most of the time

1 When it comes to reading a map or street directory, you

a) have difficulty and often ask for help

b) turn it around to face the direction you're going

c) have no difficulty reading maps or street directories

2 You're cooking a complicated meal with the radio playing when a friend phones. Do you:

a) leave the radio on and continue cooking while talking on the phone

b) turn the radio off, talk and keep cooking

c) say you will call them back as soon as you have finished cooking

3 Friends are coming to visit and asked for directions to your new house. Do you:

a) draw a map with clear directions and send it to them or get somebody else to explain how to get there

b) ask what landmarks they know, then try to explain to them how to get there

c) explain verbally how to get there, eg take the freeway to the end, turn left, go to the second traffic lights, etc

4 When explaining an ideal or concept, you are more likely to:

a) use a pencil, paper and body language and gestures

b) explain it verbally using body language and gestures

c) explain verbally, being clear and concise

5 When coming home from a great movie, you usually prefer to:

a) picture scenes from the movie in your mind

b) talk about the scenes and what was said

c) quote mainly what was said in the movie

6 In a movie theatre, you usually prefer to sit:

a) to the right side of the theatre

b) anywhere, you don't mind where

c) to the left side of the theatre

7 A friend has something mechanical that will not work. You would:

a) sympathise, and discuss how you feel about it

b) recommend somebody reliable who can fix it

c) figure out how it works and attempt to fix it for them

8 You are in an unfamiliar place and somebody has asked you where North is. You:

a) confess you don't know

b) guess where it is, after a lot of thought

c) point towards North without difficulty

9 You have found a car space that is tight and you must reverse into it. You would:

a) rather try to find another space

b) carefully attempt to back into it

c) reverse into it without any difficulty

10 You are watching TV when the telephone rings. You would:

a) answer the phone with the TV on

b) turn the TV down and then answer

c) turn the TV off, tell others to be quiet and then answer

11 You have just heard a new song by your favourite artist. Usually you:

a) can sing some of the song afterwards without difficulty

b) can sing some of it afterwards if it's a really simple song

c) find it hard to remember how the song sounded but you might recall some of the words

12 You are best at predicting outcomes by:

a) using intuition

b) making a decision based on both the available information and the gut feel

c) using facts, statistics and data

13 You have misplaced your keys. Would you:

a) do something else until the answer comes to you?

b) do something else, but keep trying to remember where you put them?

c) mentally retrace your steps until you remember where you left them?

14 You are in a hotel room and you hear the distant sound of a siren. You:

a) can point straight to where it's coming from

b) could probably point to it if you concentrate

c) could not identify where it's coming from

15 You go to a social meeting and are introduced to seven or eight new people. Next day you:

a) can easily picture their faces

b) would remember a few of the faces

c) would be more likely to remember their names

16 You want to go to the country for your holiday but your partner wants to go to a beach resort. To convince them your idea is better, you:

a) tell them sweetly how you feel: you love the countryside and the kids and family always have fun there

b) tell them if they go to the country you will be grateful and will be happy to go to the beach next time

c) use facts: the country resort is cheaper, closer and well‐organised for sporting and leisure activities

17 When planning the day's activities, you usually:

a) write a list so you can see what needs to be done

b) think of the things you need to do

c) picture in your mind the people you will see, places you will visit and things you will do

18 A friend has a personal problem and has come to discuss it with you. You:

a) are sympathetic and understanding

b) say the problems are never as bad as they seem and explain why

c) give suggestions or rational advice on how to solve the problem

19 Two friends from different marriages are having a secret affair. How likely are you to spot it?

a) you could spot the affair very early

b) you'd pick it half the time

c) you'd probably miss it

20 What is life all about, as you see it?

a) having friends and living in harmony with those around us

b) being friendly to others while maintaining personal independence

c) achieving worthwhile goals, earning others' respect and winning prestige and advancement

21 Given the choice, you would prefer to work:

a) in a team where people are compatible

b) around others while maintaining your own space

c) by yourself

22 The books you prefer to read are:

a) novels and fiction

b) magazines and newspapers

b) non‐fiction, autobiographies

23 When you go shopping you tend to:

a) often buy on impulse, particularly the specials

b) have a general plan to take it as it comes

c) read the labels and compare costs

24 You prefer to go to bed, wake up and eat meals:

a) whenever you feel like it

b) on a basic schedule but you are flexible

c) at about the same time each day

25 You've started a new job and meet lots of new people on the staff. One of them phones you when you are at home. You would:

a) find it easy to recognise the voice

b) recognise it about half the time

c) have difficulty identifying the voice

26 What upsets you most when arguing with someone?

a) their silence or lack of signal

b) when they won't see your point of view

c) their probing or challenging questions and comments

27 In school how did you feel about spelling tests and writing essays:

a) you found them both fairly easy

b) you were generally OK with one but not the other

c) you weren't very good at either

28 When it comes to dancing or jazzzercise routines, you:

a) can feel the music once you've learnt the steps

b) can do some exercises or dances, but get lost in others

c) have difficulty keeping time or rhythm

29 How good are you at identifying and mimicking animal sounds?

a) not very good

b) reasonable

c) very good

30 At the end of a long day, you usually prefer to:

a) talk to friends or family about your day

b) listen to others talk about their day

c) read a paper, watch TV and not talk

How to score the test

i) add the number of "a, b & c" signals

iii) use the following templates to modify your score

‐ for males

no. of a's X 15 points =

no. of b's X 5 points =

no. of c'c X (‐5 points) =

Total Points

‐ for females

no. of a's X 10 points =

no. of b's X 5 points =

no. of c'c X (‐5 points) =

Total Points

NB For any questions where the options don't accurately reflect your life or you left blank, award yourself 5 points

Analysing the results

. Most males will score between 0 ‐ 180; most females, 150 ‐ 300. Brains that are wired for mainly masculine thinking usually score below 150. The closer to 0 you score, the more masculine you are in your thinking style. Such people demonstrate strong logical, analytical and verbal skills and tend to be disciplined and well‐organised; they are better at projecting costs and planning outcomes for statistical data, with their emotions hardly influencing them at all. Scores in the minus range are brains with high masculine traits

. Brains that are wired for mainly feminine thinking score higher than 180. The higher the score, the more feminine the brain will be, and the more likely the person is to demonstrate significant creative, artistic and musical talent. They will make more of their decisions on intuition or gut feeling, and are good at recognising problems using minimal data; they are also good at solving problems using creativity and insight

. Males who score below 0 and females who score above 300 have brains that are wired so oppositely that the only thing they are likely to have in common is that they live on the same planet!!!!!!

. Scores between 150 ‐ 180 show compatibility of thought for both sexes, or a foot in both camps. These people do not necessarily show a bias for either male or female thinking; in fact, they usually demonstrate a flexibility in thinking that can be a significant advantage to any group which is going through a problem‐solving process; they are able to make friends with both men and women

(source: Allan Pease et al, 1998)


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