In June, 2008, Alan was born again. A mysterious jump in the pool left him unconscious underwater. Fortunately enough, his family and friends managed to save him just in time, before he drowned or suffered brain damage. However, the accident impacted his spinal cord, leaving him quadriplegic at the age of 26.
And to achieve what he has achieved so far, he has used his reactive and procedures metaprograms to analyze, to think about the best way to do things and to stick to his routines. Being unable to do so many things on his own, time is more precious. He doesn’t think on wasting it in trying out too many options. If things are working the way they are, he wants to keep doing them that way. If they are not, then he has the ability to look for alternatives. He prefers planned change over sudden change and is highly focused on the present.
Yet the most important elements in his life, and that are validated in this evaluation, is family and community. He lives because they saved his life and they are the guiding force behind all his endeavors. Without them his life would not be so rich and his desire to succeed would not be as important.
When we first asked Mr. Tenenbaum to fill out a MindSonar profile he mentioned what has become his motto -Teikirizi y pa’lante- (Take it easy and move forward) a motto that was clearly reflected in a combination of reactive thinking style, away from and matching, a not-so-common combination of metaprograms in the MindSonar world.
Take it easy by analyzing what has already happened with a relaxed and pensive attitude, while at the same time inviting you to do something about it -move forward- inspiring motivation by balancing reactive and proactive metaprograms while thinking: -There’s always something that could have been even worse- a clear indicator of his high matching and high away from metaprogram, definitely a combination we can see in every interaction with Alan. He foresees problems and then uses his away-from thinking pattern to leverage his optimism.
During his testimonial conference, Alan describes his neck injury saying, -If that injury had happened one millimeter lower, I would be able to move my hands, but if that injury had happened one millimeter higher, I would be depending on a ventilator, things can always be worse- a clear sign of a combination of away-from and matching thinking styles, a rare combination of thinking styles that has worked as a coping mechanism for Mr. Tenenbaum.
What we learnt:
After delivering MindSonar results and a series of conversations with Alan, we can share that Mr. Tenenbaum uses the next thinking model as part of his coping mechanism:
With a high ILC, Mr. Tenenbaum takes his time to analyze what is going on and then takes necessary action always keeping in mind that things could be worse, the latter being a motivator to keep moving forward.
Take-aways for the MindSonar professional
- It is not only important to recognize the thinking patterns but to understand how our clients use them to handle criteria. For this matter, the delivery of results and the conversation around it are key.
- Rare / uncommon combinations of thinking patterns can also have positive outcomes.
- As MindSonar professionals, our thinking patterns also play a role in analyzing the MindSonar report.
Learning about our own thinking styles will allow us to manage our emotions better and enable us to face crisis using our talents at a full potential.
To learn more about this project, you can contact Jaime and Debbie here.