Whole brain: Are you using it all?

Let me take a break from CMS and Congress to visit a more interesting topic: Using your ‘whole’ brain.
While going through my MBA in healthcare management I was surprised and initially unfulfilled to study a lot of the ‘softer’ side of business. I must have taken at least 6 personality tests of various kinds including the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator). The MB separates people into sensing (S) and intuitive (I) types and each group is then sub-divided into thinking (T) or feeling (F). As an example, not surprisingly I found myself as the first born to be an ISTJ! (Serious, quiet. Practical, orderly, logical, dependable etc). The most interesting was the Hermann Brain Dominance (HBDI). I learnt amount about my strengths and weaknesses. "HBDI" . It was developed by William Herrmann while leading management education at General Electric in order to measure and describe thinking preferences in people. The HBDI test of 120 questions involves: analytical, sequential, and imaginative thinking. It is controversial to say the least as far as accepting the assumption that the left brain is logical and the right brain is intuitive, insightful, and creative. I was given several exercises and projects to improve two quadrants on my right brain!! 
As physicians, we see the variety of approaches and differences between our leadership’s approach to problems. These cognitive differences are separate from their skills or abilities and indicate ‘preferences.’ (Leonard & Straus. Putting your company’s whole brain to work. HBR # 97407) I have been struck by the equally successful (or unsuccessful) approaches by right and left brained dominance individuals. Getting your message out to a variety of people that report to you means understanding how your message will be perceived. It may not be heard the way you meant for it to be heard. We all know that. Some people comprehend numbers/figures/stats. Others learn through graphs and others by hearing a talk rather than a written piece of paper. And if you are stuck with a problem, Leonard asks: Who do you go to for assistance? The someone who thinks like you or to a person who is just ‘different’? You should know the right anwer by now. 
My point in raising this issue is to make you appreciate different view points and appreciate them as not ‘out in left field’ or ‘weird’ but ‘different’ and contributing to problem solving. Whether it’s your partners in the group or employees learn to look and hire people with different strengths and not necessarily in the same left brain mold you are.