This Article is Written In Preparation for the Launch of HBDI® Digital and Thinker Portal July 1, 2019
What is HBDI® Digital?
HBDI® Digital is one of a number of on-line resources that a Thinker* can access after they have completed the HBDI® assessment.
HBDI® Digital is simply an HBDI® Profile and accompanying explanation available digitally instead of printed on paper. It can be used in conjunction with the existing paper based HBDI® Interpretation Package, or on its own, without any supporting paper based materials. This article will explain how best to do this.
HBDI® Digital Results is made available to a Thinker via the Thinker Portal. The Thinker Portal is a dedicated website available to all Thinkers. Thinkers are given access to the portal after they have completed the HBDI® and received their debrief.
Anyone using a mobile device or laptop can enter the URL: https://journey.herrmannsolutions.net/thinker
and enter the Thinker portal with the account information they created when they were invited to complete the HBDI® assessment.
Access to the Thinker Portal, as well as what specific resources are made available to a specific Thinker, or group of Thinkers through the portal, is controlled by the Certified Practitioner.
The resources that are currently available in The Thinker Portal are:
- HBDI® Digital Results - which is a Digital version of the HBDI® Profile interpretation paper package and is used to debrief the HBDI® assessment results.
- The HBDI® Preference Search Feature – Search for Profiles by Preference code (ex. 1121) and compare and contrast profiles to gain a better understanding of the implications of thinking preferences
- Link to the HBDI® Mobile App
- Download a PDF 2 page report of the HBDI® Results
Why HBDI® Digital Results?
HBDI® Digital Results is designed for occasions where digital delivery of learning is preferred. HBDI® Digital Results is also useful for virtual teams or where shipping paper materials is a challenge.
HBDI® Digital Results, like the paper based version, is designed to be used when initially introducing Thinkers to their HBDI® results and debriefing their profiles. This can be done either one on one or in a group situation. It can also be done face to face or virtually.
To access the Thinker Portal, every Thinker needs to have access to a device of some sort. The device could be a laptop computer, a tablet/ipad or smartphone (Android and/or iOS).
The devices need to be fully charged as a typical workshop or debrief could last as long as 3 hours. Thinkers could be on-line for the entire time.
Thinkers also need to be familiar with their devices and must know how to access the App Store and download apps and data. They also need to be able to operate a browser. They might need to know various user names and passwords to correctly operate their device.
Note: You do not want to spend time in the session itself trying to solve individual technical problems.
WiFi and internet access
To access the Thinker Portal on any device, the device has to be connected to the internet.
This can be done either by:
- each person connecting their own device using a sim card
- everyone connecting to their device using the venue's WiFi
In a group or workshop situation, this could mean that a large number of people will be connecting and downloading through the venue's WiFi at the same time.
It is critical that, as the practitioner, you ensure this is feasible before the session begins
Preparing for a digital session
Deciding when to give thinkers access to their HBDI® Digital Results Profile
Using HBDI® Digital Results allows you, the Certified Practitioner to choose when Thinkers receive and see their HBDI® profiles.
You can choose to give the participants access anytime before you run the debrief session. Alternatively, you can choose not to give them access until they are actually in the session.
If Herrmann processes your HBDI®s, follow the ordering process and choose when you would like to give participants access to HBDI® Digital Results
If you have access to Axon and are a self-processor, you make this decision when setting up the invitation.
If at any time you are unsure, or have any questions or concerns about the process, contact the support team at Herrmann.
The basic information contained in the digital version of the HBDI® is the same as the paper based version. So, the way you debrief it, the insights that individuals should get and the stories and substance you provide remain the same. Refer to your the certification materials for additional information.
The major difference is due to the technology and the challenges you will have with individuals and their devices.
It is critical therefore that you stay on top of the technology and can adjust your presentation accordingly. Below are some tips that we have found invaluable.
Before the session:
- Be very familiar with how to operate your device
- Ensure you have on-line access
- Be very familiar with your HBDI® Digital Results Profile and all the resources available
- Be very familiar with the Thinker Portal and all the resources available
During the session:
- Use the slides from the slide deck:
- Have your device open showing your HBDI® Digital Results Profile
- Slow your delivery down as participants will want to spend more time on each screen and will tend to read more
- Participants will also read more of the content with digital than with paper. Again, this can slow the process down
- Participants will tend to share their profiles more with digital than with paper profiles.
- Be aware of less eye contact as participants will be looking down at their devices and not at you
- Every other app that is on their device will also be available so multitasking may be common
- Participants will flip between screens easily so may well not be viewing the screen you are addressing
Debriefing HBDI® Digital Results using the slide deck --------------------------------------------
In workshop or group situations, conduct the Digital HBDI® debrief using the slide deck:
This slide deck has slides that cover all the content of the HBDI® Digital Results Profile. The notes view of the slide deck also contains some suggestions you can use when presenting with the deck.
You can download this slide deck from the Resources section of the Practitioner Portal.