My personal journey and experience with the MindTime methodology
by Tom Eddington, consultant, educator, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor.
If I get to the core of what I have done over the last 14 years, it emerged from a health crisis I had. I was bedridden for four years and unsure if I was going to survive. When I emerged from that crisis in ’08, I made a decision to spend the rest of my life making the world a better place. I wanted to collaborate with leaders who were not only good people but also committed to improving the world. My aim was to empower them to be as effective as possible. I also wanted to position myself to both teach and continue learning and growing.
When I got introduced to the MindTime methodology and the potential it held for me, I was instantly intrigued. I’ve always been intellectually curious and eager to understand how the world and human beings function. My interest lay in enabling more effective human interaction, particularly for leaders. MindTime provided a way to delve into the core of our human nature, revealing our intrinsic wiring. I recognized it could be an incredibly valuable asset in my toolkit, complementing the work I’ve been involved in for the past 14 years—executive coaching, working with leadership teams, the board of directors, and comprehensive organizational assessments.
Viewing the world through the lens of MindTime, I could discern an individual’s orientation, a leadership team’s orientation, an organization’s cultural orientation, and even the orientation of the society they operated within. This perspective proved invaluable to me—not just on a personal level, influencing my interactions with clients and others, but also in aiding my clients to be more effective and ultimately improving their quality of life. It’s fascinating how human beings manage to communicate with each other.
Consider the process: we venture into the realm of fourth-dimensional thought forms to glean ideas. These ideas make their way into our minds, shaping thoughts we wish to communicate to others. These thoughts traverse the filters of our life experiences and perspectives. We articulate them, whether verbally or in writing. The recipient processes what they hear, filtering it through their own life experiences and viewpoints. They respond based on their interpretation, sharing back their version of what they heard. What a complex dance! This highlights the role MindTime can play in facilitating effective communication.
For me, the realization is that the MindTime framework aligns with my perspective on trust. Trust relies on a foundation of safety, which in turn is built upon being seen, heard, and appreciated. MindTime offers a structured way to achieve this—by seeing, hearing, and appreciating others in a manner that aligns with their orientation. It’s crucial in building trust. And trust is the gateway to achieving remarkable outcomes. By slowing down and truly understanding each other, we foster empathy and effective communication.
One particular aspect I find enthralling is the concept of “whole thinking.” It’s about recognizing that thought isn’t a singular linear process. Instead, it encompasses three dimensions—future, past, and present. It’s like a collaborative dance where each person plays a role in the thought process. MindTime enhances this concept and aids in aligning individuals within this multidimensional process.
When I’ve introduced MindTime to teams, I’ve witnessed them embracing it as a methodology for communication. The way it allows people to understand each other’s perspectives fosters compassion and empathy. By providing a shared framework, it enables diverse orientations to coexist without judgement, allowing for more effective collaboration.
One significant application has been in helping organizations navigate change. I worked with a CEO leading a change initiative in a past-oriented organization facing external pressures. MindTime guided us in navigating this transformation. We recognized that to succeed, we needed to honor the past while driving forward. Slowing down to respect the past orientation allowed us to build bridges to the future. This exemplified the power of aligning communication with orientation.
Likewise, a CEO of a future-oriented organization struggled to communicate effectively with a past-oriented workforce. Through MindTime, we found common ground, allowing communication to flow more naturally. The understanding gained from the assessment validated suspicions, improved communication, and nurtured mutual respect.
Reflecting on my journey with MindTime, I feel enriched. It’s given me a new lens through which to view the world, fostering understanding rather than judgment. It’s a tool for comprehending why people react the way they do in various situations—whether on a personal level, within organizations, or even at a societal level. The context and perspective it provides are truly remarkable.
I can confidently say that MindTime has had a profound impact on my work and my perspective on human interaction. It’s a privilege to engage with such a transformative framework.