Building Better Teams Through Multiple Intellects

Many in the education field have little difficulty accepting and implementing ideas from Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intellects as explained in his books, Frames of the Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Intelligence Reframes: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century. The business community, however, may not be so familiar with the concept or how to apply it to the work environment.

Joel Kurtzman interviewed Gardner for Strategy+Business, an online business publication, and talked about his theory’s business application. Gardner said that understanding that we have many ways to be intelligent and using that information can help organizations build better teams, organize more efficiently, institute better training for leaders, aid in problem solving and ensure that people are paired with the right task. [i] He goes on to say that he changed how he organized his teams by incorporating people who weren’t like him – creating a more diverse unit which allows the team to take advantage of the way people with different intellects see things. This strategy can work well in any organization, including school and business.

Examine the way you organize things and take note if most of your team seems to think and perform like you do. You may overlook solutions and approaches by focusing too much of your team’s abilities in the same venue. If you approach things very logically and systematically, someone who can imagine new strategies may open doors you didn’t even know existed. Another team member who explores the environment around the problem or who can empathize with those you are trying to serve may snag different concepts and concerns that appeal to a different audience.

Each of the intellects can provide a part of the puzzle that leads your team to the best possible solution for the challenge facing you. Consider how this type of strategy can increase your business by opening new markets and making your team more efficient and balanced. It could make the difference between your business shooting for the stars or bouncing along just above the ground.

[i] Joel Kurtzman, “An Interview with Howard Gardner,” Strategy+Business, Jan. 1, 1999, 14(1). Available online from

Why Can We Just Get Along?

Every family can experience challenges when it comes to living in harmony. No two people think exactly alike or react the same, so some conflict is almost inevitable.

Understanding how every member of the relationship thinks and their basic personality can help keep the waters running smoother. For instance, if you have a strong-willed child, you can give that child age-appropriate things to do where that child is in charge, such as: helping collect dirty laundry, setting the table, putting toys away, writing the shopping list while you inventory the pantry or walking or feeding the dog. I will admit, that the younger the child, the easier it is to get enthusiastic help, but if you build a pattern of responsibility, it does get easier.

One of the things I enjoy doing is explaining personality styles to parents or couples. Once they understand what makes a person tick and how to talk to one another, conflict can become less frequent if both are willing to make a compromise. If she can balance a checkbook and stick to a budget, it is often more advantageous to let her track finances and get the bills paid. If he is an idealist, her more laid back style could bug him until he sees that she can balance his need for perfection in some areas. Someone who loves to have fun and make a game of things can sometimes gain cooperation for tasks because he can find ways to make it enjoyable.

One key to this balancing act is appreciating the differences in one another. If he sees that her attention to detail can help him gain points with his boss when he runs proposals by her first, he view her need for order as less burdensome. If she sees his take-charge attitude as his need to provide for his family, she may be more inclined to compromise and follow his lead, as long as he listens to her concerns. She can praise his drive to succeed at work and help him stay aware of family matters that also need his attention so he keeps a better work/home balance. They form a partnership where they take advantage of each other’s strengths and balance weaknesses.

When parents can do this, they can teach their children to do the same as they lead by example and praise each child individually for that child’s achievements. When the children don’t have to compete for praise and attention and routinely hear sincerely compliments that value each family member, they are more likely to praise and affirm their siblings.

It takes time and effort to do this, but it is well worth the time spent and can help minimize the unpleasantness that comes with feeling unappreciated. Give it a try!!

Determining Learning Style




Question: A friend of mine told me about your Innate Intellect Profile and how it can identify a student’s learning style to reduce learning difficulties and improve instruction. Aren’t there less expensive ways to do this than having a profile done?

Answer: Thanks for the question. There are other ways to determine learning style, but none of them offer such precise and detailed information as the Innate Intellect Evaluation (IIE). Additionally, the profile provides much more information than just someone’s learning style which can also assist someone to understand how the learning environment can improve!

First let me explain why I said that the IIE is more precise and detailed than other methods of identifying learning style:

  • The IIE is objective, rather than subjective. The information you receive will be the same even if you have the IIE done multiple times, because it is a biometric assessment using a factor that is unique to the individual and one that never changes – the fingerprints. The IIE reveals how this person was designed before birth, and reveals this person’s default–the method most comfortable for this person.
  • Other methods of determining learning style either use questions or observation to draw a conclusion. Answers to questions may vary from time to time, based on how the interviewee feels, such as whether he or she feels good or not or how open the student is to the interviewer or interview process. The results may even vary when the interviewee considers different types of learning environments or topics. For example, the student may prefer a hands-on approach for learning to draw or change a tire, but desire a different style for the classroom.
  • A learning style assessment based on observation can vary based on the experience and opinions of the observer and the circumstances present at the time of the observation. For example, in a classroom with a teacher who keeps students on task, the student may appear less distracted and more focused than on a day when the student or classmates are excited or distracted by an upcoming event or when the teacher isn’t up to her usual ability to manage the class. If the observer is biased against or for a specific type of learning, that bais might also sway the conclusions of the observation. Finally, all students have good and bad days, and an observation may vary based on how the student feels at the time of the observation.
  • The IIE provides a numeric value to each learning style, so you can see how each learning style ranks against the rest. That information may assist you to choose a different form of instruction if the student’s primary learning style fails to provide the best instruction. Your analyst or consultant may also provide specific action steps to help you work with each learning style.

In addition to the value of precise and detailed learning style information, the IIE will identify the student’s personality style, which can help tailor information the student needs. For example, a Leader will often be competitive and motivated to push forward, where an Efficient or Flamboyant may be content to do enough to get by or act out to gain attention. The Idealist may hesitate to try something new until he or she knows it well enough to perform perfectly, thus appearing not to readily grasp the concepts. This information can help you find the best motivation to help the student achieve success.

The IIE also lets you know the brain dominance of the student, you so know whether the student thinks more intellectually or creatively and whether the student prefers to process something for a while or act on it quickly. Finally, the IIE reveals which intellects are the student’s strongest, allowing you to pair intellects to improve instruction, such as working with logic and imagination to help a student put together the steps in a process or use fine motor skills and visual observation to draw logic conclusions about behavior. Each of these elements provides a piece of the puzzle that enables the student to achieve academic success.

Finally, you have a certified analyst to help you understand the information in the profile so you can determine which elements of the profile best help you achieve your purpose when you scheduled the evaluation. If you need further assistance, a certified counselor can provide additional action steps and suggest ways to work with school personnel or other professionals to achieve learning success.

Change, Conflict and the Emotionally-Charged Child

Read My Mommyology’s post on dealing with change and a emotionally charged child and how the MindPrint  Innate Intellect evaluation was able to guide her in understanding her daughter better.

The weeks after the holidays was quite stressful for Jamie.  For the first time, she screamed, cried and tried to reach for me when I brought her back to school.   She cried for a long time according to her teacher and was tearful every day after that.  And to think, this is a school I know she loves.  Yet here she is, giving me a hard time about waking up and going there, and there were many, many tears.  What happened?!

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Discovering Your Innate Intelligence by Michelle Lim, a.k.a. Mom-Friday

I like taking personality tests, whether from experts or from generic tests I find in magazines.  It’s entertaining and amazing when tests prove or disprove what I know about myself or discovering something completely unexpected about my personality or skills. One recent test I took was with MindPrint. I first learned about MindPrint from my fellow SoMom, Jenny. Its unique biometric scan that reveals a person’s innate intellect piqued my curiosity.   
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Discovering Your Innate Intellect by Michelle Aventajado

As many of you know already, I am a teacher by trade buy zyban online.

This means that when I was a young bright eyed bushy tailed “Teacher in Training,” I learned all of the different ways to teach and reach students. As a Student Teacher, I also familiarized myself with Multiple Intelligences, and Howard Gardner. I studied to understand the many different ways my potential students could learn, as well as how to reach every student and help them achieve their full potential.


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Parenting a Peacock – by mymommyology

When you take the MindPrint biometric scans, the first page you come across is your innate Personality Profile Type.  Already this page tells you so much about yourself;  strengths, perceived limitations, verbal and physical cues, and how you communicate.  It breaks it down in terms of emotions, work and friends too.  It’s a lot. <img class="wp-smiley" style="font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit;" src="http://mymommyology more info” alt=”:)” />

MindPrint calls this the L-I-F-E personality profile, which stands for Leader, Idealist, Flamboyant and Efficient.  It’s similar to the Bird Profiles’ Eagle-Owl-Peacock-Dove.  It’s also the same as the DISC profiling.  (I don’t mean to throw terms out there, but do check the links to know more).  My sources tell me that as a person we acquire all four types, and we learn to adjust and use them based on experience or circumstance.  There is one however which we are born with, hence it is innate.  It’s our default way of doing and being.

When Kaiz of MindPrint explained these all to me, I could see parts of myself between the Eagle and the Dove (that sounds like a song).  As it turned out, I’m innately a Dove — the exact same profile as Jamie.  While friendly, we like to avoid confrontation and avoid change.  I know that I can handle confrontation (and sometimes even initiate it when necessary), but it’s not always easy for me.  Sometimes I choose the people that I do it to (or with).  And that’s how I understand the above when they say you’ll eventually have a little of all.  Sometimes I call on my “inner eagle” or “inner owl” and I’ve learned how because of past experiences.

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An Informative Tool For Parents (and Spouses too!)

“I am all for tools that can help us (me) navigate through all this better, and come out as better parents in the end why not try these out.  We all have the same end-goal anyway.  MindPrint may be an investment, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime one, and one that’s made in smaller scheme of things.  On a larger scale, with more knowledge — literally and figuratively at our fingertips — we’ve everything to gain.”

Thank you Ms. Jenny for giving us the opportunity to help discover the innate intelligence of you and your daughters!

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