Neethling Brain Instrument(NBI) for Whole Brain Thinking

The Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI) is a revolutionary battery of thinking styles instruments that strive to develop Whole-Brain Thinking in individuals. These tools help you understand your own thinking preferences, provides clarity on predominantly used dimensions of the brain and help structure thought patterns and appropriate communication strategy.

The NBI™ (Neethling Brain Instruments) suite of assessments was developed after almost 30 years of extensive international research on left and right-brain functions. The instruments were developed by Kobus Neethling, under the research guidance of Professor Paul Torrance of the University of Georgia.

The NBI™ Thinking Preference Assessments are a powerful suite of neuroscience- based assessments. Based on modern insights from the fields of neuroscience and creativity, the assessments help individuals, leaders, teams and organizations unlock their full potential. The NBI™ framework provides insights into left hemisphere (local processing), right hemisphere (global processing), cognitive and affective types of thinking. Such insights can lead to enhancement in the areas of social-emotional intelligence, self-awareness, creativity, leadership, communication, team performance, presentations, conflict resolution and more.
We enable organizations to become Beyonder© both at the national and international scales which requires a Whole Brain Thinking process and team.

Some common questions asked by business leaders and HR leaders of organizations:

  1. In the 21st century organisations, how do I develop as a leader in a dynamic and uncertain environment?
  2. With a universe of available technology and data what is blocking my employees to become significantly more creative and innovative ?
  3. Why people in my organization with beyond ordinary thinking and ability not able to create outstanding results

All responses to the above questions has nothing to do with EI, personality etc but is totally related to the individual’s thinking preferences which is one of Recalibrate’s niche offerings under “Whole Brain Thinking and Beyonder© Creativity”


Some companies which have used NBI for Whole Brain Thinking: Levi Strauss, Deloitte Touche, Shell, Standard Bank, Dassault Systèmes, Publicis.Sapient, Hero MotoCorp, Encore ARC, Polyplastics group of companies and many more

Client Stories

International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England

Kobus Neethling’s Whole Brain Instruments have taken the understanding of thinking and thinking styles into a totally new dimension –

BMW Club Motors

The training we received from Dr Kobus Neethling and his team made a huge impact on the energy, passion and creativity of everyone in the business. We saw the positive results immediately. It became clear to all of us we need firstly to be more creative and come up with fresh ideas all the time and secondly the Kobus Neethling whole brain approach changed the way we think about business. We realized that we need to use our whole brain to attract clients, to communicate, to sell, to lead —we need it everywhere. Also in that sense it was a life-changing experience

Prof Paul Torrance: “Mr Creativity” of the 20th Century

Kobus Neethling has taken whole brain research way beyond the paradigms of the past —- I know of no one else who has taken whole brain thinking to these levels”

Key Professional, Personal & Team Instruments

  1. NBI General Adult – Measure thinking preferences
  2. NBI Leadership Style – Will give you an insight into your leadership style, issues that are important
  3. NBI Creativity Style –  Gives an insight on “how you are creative”
  4. NBI Job –  Strength of skills needed to do a specific job well
  5. NBI Skills  – Identify the skills one has in every quadrant
  6. NBI 360 – measure of perception gap of others
  7. NBI Personal Negativity – Insight into your own negativity thinking 
  8. The Organisational Wellness Instrument (OWI) – Measures the environment positivity and negativity

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