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NBI Team Composition Tool


The NBI Team Composition Tool helps build and improve teams based on thinking preferences and skills. The tool improves outcomes by helping individuals and teams understand what they are good at doing and what they like to do.





The NBI Team Composition Tool helps build and improve teams based on thinking preferences and skills. The tool improves outcomes by helping individuals and teams understand what they are good at doing and what they like to do.




The NBI Team Composition Tool helps individuals in a team understand their own thinking preference and how this affects their behaviour with others. Team members can understand the thinking preferences of their peers and how to interact with them.

The tool includes ten of the NBI™ General Adult Instruments, and ten of the NBI™ Personal Skills Instruments. These instruments are online questionnaires to be completed by team members, to determine their thinking preferences and where their skills lie. A group profile is also included showing the combined thinking preferences of the team.

This process of self awareness and team awareness helps evaluate what team members like to do and what they are good at doing. Which is useful when putting together a new team, adding to an existing team, or continually improving a team.

This page explains the NBI Team Composition Tool components, outlines the benefits and describes what you receive.

NBI™ General Adult Instrument

The NBI™ General Adult Instrument is designed to evaluate and create a profile of an individual’s thinking preferences. It is useful to determine if an individual has natural thinking tendencies related to their job role and also to the team. Each team will have core skill requirements for individuals, however it is important to remember the value of diversity in a team. This helps avoid ‘group think’.

The left and right sides of our brains control different aspects of our thoughts and actions. The NBI™ General Adult Instrument explores this further and describes thinking preferences based on four thinking quadrants of the brain:

  • L1 – Analytical and factual (accurate, mathematical, critical, realistic, logical, performance-driven, objective)
  • L2 – Organised and detailed (structured, task-driven, planned, punctual, neat, reliable, step-by-step, thorough)
  • R1 – Strategic and unorthodox (big picture, imaginative, visualising, flexible, curious, risk-taking, unstructured, prefers change)
  • R2 – Interpersonal and sensitive (co-operation, sociable, approachable, empathy, teamwork, people-focus, involved, respectful, feeling, body language, touch, sensitive)

Below is an example of an NBI profile showing the four quadrants. It also shows the eight dimensions – two for each quadrant.

  • L1 Realist/Analyst (blue)
  • L2 Preserver/Organiser (green)
  • R1 Strategist/Imagineer (yellow)
  • R2 Socialiser/Empathiser (red)


NBI™ Personal Skills Instrument

The NBI™ Personal Skills Instrument creates a profile that identifies a person’s skills. It highlights skills in areas that may be different to a person’s thinking preferences. Someone may also have a strong thinking preference in one quadrant but have not developed the required skills.

Liking or preferring something does not always mean that person has the skills to do it well. Conversely an individual may be skilled at something but not like doing it. In a work environment, it is difficult to sustain passion and energy, if the correlation between the preference profile and skills profile is low.

Analysing a NBI skills profile helps identify skill gaps and opportunities for growth. Some skill gaps can be closed with training and professional development. Teams require a variety of skills – some are common to all team members and some are specialist skills for individuals within a team. Knowing how to balance this helps continually improve the capability of the team and with succession planning.

Benefits of the NBI Team Composition Tool

The NBI™ system is a well researched and reliable indicator of thinking preferences. Analysing a team member’s preferences and skills will help ensure your team is well balanced. The benefits of the NBI Team Composition Tool include:

  • Helping choose the right members for a new team
  • Understanding the skills of individual team members and identifying what they are good at
  • Evaluating team members’ thinking preferences to see what they like to do
  • Identifying the overall group thinking profile of the team
  • Determining opportunities for a team members’ learning and development
  • Understanding how to balance team members to create an effective team
  • Improving the team’s emotional and social intelligence

These benefits can lead to a more effective and balanced team.

What You Receive

The instruments that make up the NBI Team Composition Tool are conducted as online questionnaires. Our licensed NBI practitioner uses this information to create brain profile reports identifying the thinking preferences and skills of team members. A group profile is also created from the combined results.

Change Factory can also supply a supporting booklet ‘Understanding Your Whole Brain’ by Whole Brain Thinking Pty Ltd.

Payment Methods for Multiple Purchases

Contact Change Factory if you need to order multiple copies of the NBI Team Composition Tool. We can talk about a multiple purchase discount. Credit card payment facility is available on this website – simply click on the Add to Cart button at the top of this page. Or for multiple purchases, we can invoice you directly if you prefer.

For More Information

Call +61 3 9614 8177 or email Change Factory via our contact us page.

For more detailed information on the NBI™ General Adult Instrument and NBI™ Personal Skills Instrument visit this link Whole Brain Thinking.

Related Products

Change Factory provides other NBI products such as the NBI Individual Profile Tool and the NBI Recruitment Tool.