Determine Your Thinking Preference

Knowing how each member of your group thinks and works will help build an effective team. We use an instrument called Foursight to help people understand their own preferences within the creative process.

Use the exercise below to determine your personal thinking preference as well as your own SuperPower, and compare them to your teammates. You will be using the results for the next activity -- Establishing Team Norms. You will also be able to enter your results into your personal profile at the end of these activities.

Time Needed

15 minutes

What Type of Design Thinker Are You?

1. Personal thinking preference

Start with how you think — are you more of a divergent or convergent thinker? A divergent thinker is imaginative, and gets away from conventional ideas. A convergent thinker is pragmatic and works on getting to one solution. Both of these thinkers are needed in a team.

Read the characteristics below to see which one you identify with:
 

Now, how assertive are you when you problem-solve? Do you ask more questions, or do you state what to do next? Again, both of these characteristics are needed in the design thinking process.

Read the characteristics below to see which one you identify with:
 

2. Define your personal SuperPower

Using these two characteristics, as well as your other strengths, come up with your personal SuperPower. What are you known for?
 

3. Plot your team’s strengths

Print out or draw the matrix below. Have each team member plot where they fall in the design thinking matrix by writing their name and SuperPower.
 

Examples of SuperPowers

Fill in the gaps

The most effective teams have a broad set of problem-solving skills. If your team is heavy in one or two areas of the matrix and light in others, develop strategies for how you might incorporate the type of thinking your team is missing.

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