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In-house counsel: is “left brained” or “right brained” hare-brained?

In pop psychology terms, a person’s left brain rules logical, linear, sequential thinking. The right brain nourishes creativity, vision, intuition. By the lights of some advocates, much rides on this cerebral split (See my post of March 16, 2006on dednah-tfel lawyers.). For instance, some view “management” as left brain and “leadership” as right brain.

When a large number of Canadian corporate counsel ranked the importance of 11 personality traits, they inadvertently gave some insights on left/right brain (See my post of May 14, 2006 on the traits.).

One might say that the “Ability to see the big picture” is right brain. Whether or not that is so, 35 percent of the Canadians gave it a number 1 ranking and 68% of them gave it a 1, 2, or 3 ranking of importance. So is “Creativity” (4% 1-21% 1, 2, or 3 ranking).

On the other brain, “Orientation to detail” (3-15) looks to be a left-brain characteristic.

Is brain bifurcation useful? Hardly a no-brainer, unless you are brain dead.

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