Studying theories gives team leaders and facilitators confidence that MAST methodologies are based on solid research in the fields of psychology, neurosciences, and education. It also provides excellent training for developing strategies t0 maintain the MAST process and seeing a translation project through to completion.
Theory training consists of nine lessons, taught in a 3-day workshop that cover more than 25 theories, strategies, and education models. One example is the “Shapes Personality test” taken from Connie Podesta. This simple and fun personality test provides participants with a quick summary of four general personality categories: squares, circles, triangles and squiggles.
- Squares might be defined as individuals who study, work and think at a very deep level. They tend to be more task than people oriented. Squares are dedicated and faithful, but their perfectionism can get in the way of ever completing a job.
- Triangles are the natural leaders among us. They can very quickly see what needs to be accomplished to get to the point. They are high energy visionaries who engage well with people, but ultimately may be perceived as “starters” more than finishers, and “users” more than “builders of relationships.”
- Circles love people. They are relationship and sensitive. They work best in groups, love to include everyone, and consider everyone’s input valid and valuable no matter what the subject. Circles make friends quickly and tend to look after people very well. They can lose sight of the project in their interest for building relationships.
- Squiggles love to have fun. They are quick to think outside the proverbial box, and come up with new ideas. No amount of creativity is too much. They love people and enjoy attention. Squiggles can get bored and quit on a project if the “fun factor” isn’t there.
Understanding the significant strengths and weaknesses of those on the team helps us to work better together.
Other theories, strategies and education models address issues such as cross-cultural communication, language acquisition, learning styles, high level thinking skills, learning retention, and the influence of outside factors on learning.
Click here to see a video about Shapes and Left/Right Brain Theories