Thinkergy Innovation Profiling System
Everyone has potential to shine, but finding where & how one’s strengths best serve innovation goals is no easy feat. Thinkergy’s unique TIPS profiling techniques do the job for you.
We train organizations to be more innovative and agile, and we work on specific innovation projects to sustainably increase profitability, productivity, and competitiveness.
People who orient themselves towards theories tend to be rational, abstract big picture thinkers who love to learn and know more about the true nature of things. They value precision and prefer to work alone on an interesting intellectual challenge. Theory-driven people logically deduct conclusions based on facts and abstract thinking. They typically follow a step-by-step approach when solving a problem. They feel comfortable dealing with numbers and compute accurate results.
People driven by ideas are typically intuitive and imaginative creative thinkers bursting with ideas. They love to focus on the future and the big picture. They skillfully discern trends, patterns and opportunities. Their holistic perspective helps them synthesize solutions using a fluid, radiant style of thinking based more on guesses, approximations, and hunches than on facts. They experiment, invent and don’t mind taking risks to activate an idea that they love. They relish and drive change.
People oriented toward other people tend to be friendly and talkative. They enjoy working and spending time with others. They value belonging and easily adapt and compromise when they feel loyal to a group. They are spontaneous and emotional. They pay attention to their feelings and the feelings of others in the group. Some categorize them as “touchy-feely”.
People who gravitate toward systems and processes tend to be hands-on and grounded in reality. Typically, they are neat and organized. They enjoy bringing more structure and order to the world using rules, efficient processes, and reliable systems. They usually construct detailed plans before taking action. Then they progress step-by-step through the plan until they achieve the desired outcomes and results.
11 Innovator Profiles
TIPS is based on a fundamental insight: Everyone can contribute to the business and innovation efforts of a firm, albeit in very different ways, based on one’s preferred thinking style and work style. Take a look at the brief description of the essential nature of each TIPS profile:
The TIPS Map
TIPS spans a profiling map using the four base orientations as pillars and the four TIPS styles as an overlaying map with a coordinate system.
The TIPS profiling map gives room for the 11 TIPS innovator profiles, and allows for making further distinctions based on the degree of profile expression (TIPS profile levels) and —for dual profiles— the side-orientation.
"Every now and then I come across an assessment that fills a definite need and does it extremely well. TIPS is just one of these"
– Robert Bluett Founder & CEO of People Plus Systems
What is your preferred style to live, interact, work, and think?
Form vs. Flow captures if people prefer to live in a highly structured, well-organized world or prefer things to be more flexible, changing and fluidly evolving. It is the most important preference to explain differences in people’s innovation styles.
Fact vs. Feeling expresses if people prefer to decide on rational judgement and facts or based on their feelings and emotions. This preference helps to explain why some people cannot interact and communicate well with each other.
The third preference Brain vs. Brawn checks if people are abstract conceptual thinkers or practical doers. This preference helps to understand why in most firms, the doers and the thinkers tend to rise to the top of the hierarchy.
The last preference Figure vs. Fantasy tracks if people are more left-brain or right brain directed thinkers. This preference helps to identify who are the analytical number crunchers and who are the creative dreamers.
CASE STUDY IKI SEA & PREMIER GROUP
Finding Future Innovation Leaders
In 2017, Thinkergy used TIPS to support the MBI Program of the Institute for Knowledge and Innovation, South-East Asia (IKI-SEA) at Bangkok University in identifying suitable candidates for an innovation leader development program developed with a Thai business conglomerate, Premier Group.