Understanding the Self-Paced HBDI® Learning Journey Understanding the Self-Paced HBDI® Learning Journey

Understanding the Self-Paced HBDI® Learning Journey

Herrmann offers organizations a self-paced HBDI® learning journey, allowing Thinkers to learn about their HBDI® Assessment results and the Whole Brain® Thinking model in a flexible way that fits their schedules. 

The self-paced learning journey is a series of 8 to 9 micro-learning sessions, or modules, available in the Thinker Portal. (Module 9 is an optional module organizations can choose to enable. Read more under Modules 7-9). 

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How to access the self-paced learning journey

The HBDI® Assessment is available under the first Welcome module of the learning journey series, and once 100% complete, the next learning module opens. The modules must be completed sequentially.

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Benefits of the self-paced learning journey

The flexibility self-paced learning journey is meant to fit within multiple Whole Brain® learning paths. The learning modules can be used as:

  • Pre-session learnings for HBDI® Assessment results debriefs, led by a Certified Practitioner.
  • An asynchronous method for a Thinker to learn their HBDI® results without a debrief.
  • Reference materials that Thinkers have continuous access to, after attending a debrief. 

Other benefits of a Thinker going through the self-paced learning journey include:

  • Accelerating the Whole Brain® Thinking learning process.
  • Freeing up time for a Certified Practitioner to focus on advanced Whole Brain® Thinking applications and coaching. 
  • Access to Whole Brain® learning anytime, anywhere. 
  • Ease of starting, stoping or pausing learning. 
  • Certified Practitioners have access to the module completion data of their Thinkers. 
  • Prompting Thinkers to reflect on their results and complete necessary reflection activities needed for profile sharing. 
  • Providing Whole Brain ® knowledge checks and activities to reinforce comprehension.
  • Connecting to other activities within the Herrmann platform (like sharing and teams).

How to complete the self-paced learning journey modules

By reaching the end of the modules, Thinkers will have gone through a learning process that is equivalent to completing an HBDI® debrief with a Certified Practitioner.

Thinkers will experience 3 learning phases as they complete the modules:

Modules 1-3: Understanding Whole Brain® Thinking

These first modules provide the HBDI® assessment and an introduction to the Whole Brain® Thinking model, including the cognitive science used to construct the theory behind thinking preferences. 

  Module Name Module Content
1 Welcome
  • Overview video on Whole Brain® Thinking.
  • Guiding principles for the HBDI® Assessment
  • Link to the assessment.
2 Discover Your Profile
  • Overview of the process for completing the self-paced learning modules.
  • Overview of the process for completing the reflection journaling and sharing prompts.
3 Whole Brain® Thinking
  • Video walk-through of the Whole Brain® Thinking model and the four thinking quadrants.
  • Activity for Thinkers to guess their HBDI® profile scores and preferences. 

Modules 4-6: Understanding my HBDI® Results

The next few modules provide a detailed analysis of the Thinker's profile, the scores of each quadrant and how these scores may shift situationally. These modules also provide learnings on the different ways to interpret and understand profile results. 

  Module Name Module Content
4 Understanding My Profile
  • Revealing the individual HBDI® results of the Thinker.
  • Explanation of the Thinker's primary preferences, thinking process flow through the quadrants, and a profile summary. 
  • Activity to share and reflect on profile results.
5 Modes & Clusters
  • Overview of the four thinking modes.
  • Explanation of the Thinker's individual mode preferences and associated descriptive words. 
  • Activity to share and reflect on mode results. 
  • Overview of the characteristics of each quadrant and how they are clustered. 
  • Explanation of the Thinker's individual clusters.
  • Short knowledge check on modes & clusters. 
6 My Profile Under Pressure
  • Overview of what under pressure profile scores are and what the different shift ranges mean (dramatic vs. slight shifts). 
  • Explanation of the Thinker's individual under pressure scores and shifts. 
  • Activity to share and reflect on the shifts in each quadrant. 

Modules 7-9: Understanding how to apply my HBDI® Results

The final modules guide Thinkers through applying their thinking preferences in their every day life, with an emphasis on the workplace. Thinkers will be guided through the process of stretching their thinking preferences in order to collaborate with other thinking styles, as well as learn how their preferences appear in different situations. 

Module 9 is an optional module, available to organizations that have the sharing feature enabled. This module guides Thinkers through completing the information needed for their shared profile.

  Module Name Module Content
7 Thinking Agility
  • Overview and video on shifting and stretching thinking preferences. 
  • Process for stretching your thinking in each quadrant.
  • Watch-outs for the Thinker based on their profile.
  • Reflection activity for the Thinker to outline an action plan to address watch-outs. 
8 Additional Insights
  • Explanation of key descriptive words based on the Thinker's perception of themselves.
  • Overview of introversion vs. extroversion.
  • Key descriptors selection activity, based on introversion vs. extroversion. 
  • Overview of energy levels and reflection activity
  • Activity to rate the overall learning journey modules
9 Personalize My Profile
  • Overview of the personalization and sharing feature.
  • Thinker gives permission to opt-in or opt-out to sharing their profile with their organization.
  • Multiple journal and reflection prompts to detail out the Thinker's shared profile
    • many of the prompts will already be filled out due to the reflections completed in earlier modules. 

Next steps after the self-paced learning journey

Upon completing the modules, the Thinker will have access to all information and features available on their Thinker Portal homepage, including their HBDI® Digital profile. Depending on the organization of the Thinker, they may also have access to features like Sharing and Teams

Differences between the self-paced and Certified Practitioner-led learning paths

Below is a comparison matrix to share the similarities and differences between the self-paced learning path Certified Practitioner-led learning path.


  CP-Led Path Self-Paced Path
Overall Process
  • CP delivers a full debrief for thinkers on their HBDI® assessment results after assessment completion.
  • Thinkers complete their assessment in the first learning journey module, available in the Thinker Portal.
  • Additional learning journey modules are locked until after the CP-led debrief. 
  • Thinker takes their HBDI® Assessment in the first learning journey module, available in the Thinker Portal. 
  • After completing their assessment, Thinkers work through the following learning journey modules sequentially. 
Content Structure Activities and outcomes are determined and designed by the CP.
  • 8 or 9 multi-media modules that provide the equivalent of a CP-led debrief.
  • Modules are organized to build on one another. 
Learning Topics Scope and sequence determined by the CP. 

Topics take the Thinker through three learning phases:

  • Understanding Whole Brain® Thinking
  • Understanding My HBDI® Results
  • Understanding how to apply My HBDI® Results
Total Timing (HBDI® and learnings) 60-90 minutes (varies by CP). 90-120 minutes (varies depending on Thinker's learning style, available time and activity completion). 
Access to learning Determined by the availability of CP to schedule and conduct a debrief with Thinkers.  Learning modules available anytime, anywhere. Easy ability to stop, start and save learning progress on digital device. 

How to get access to the self-paced learning journey

Current Herrmann Organizations

  • A current organization must make sure a contract is in pace with Herrmann. To get this set up, the organization must contact their Herrmann representative, or submit a support ticket.
  • Once the contract is in place, Herrmann's Customer Advocacy Team will enable the feature for the organization. Please expect a one business day turn-around. 
  • After feature enablement, all users will have access to the self-paced learning journey.
  • Thinkers in the organization who created their user account prior to this feature being added will also have access to the learning modules.

New Organizations

If the organization has not yet worked with Herrmann, but is interested in experiencing the power of Whole Brain® Thinking, they can complete our contact form and a Herrmann team member will be in touch quickly!

How to roll-out the self-paced learning journey in an organization

  • In Axon, organization's will have access to invitations with language to guide users through the self-paced experience. 
  • Herrmann can provide recommended communications to Thinkers who now have access to the learning journey modules. It is recommended that the organization announces to previous Thinkers that they have access to new resources.
  • If Thinkers have any additional questions or concerns with navigating the learning journey, or accessing it, they can submit a support ticket, or simply use the help desk chat feature available on every page in the Thinker Portal, the orange question mark in the bottom right-hand corner.

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Supporting Certified Practitioners with the self-paced learning journey

  • Herrmann provides resources to practitioners under the portal resources tab on the Practitioner Portal
  • Additionally, Certified Practitioners can access articles and tutorials via the Help Center in the Herrmann Platform.
  • They can also access these materials and Herrmann support through using the help desk chat feature available on every page in Axon and the Thinker Portal, the orange question mark in the lower right-hand corner. 

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