High Performing Team Development

We use a combination of cognitive profiling along with our expertise in softer coaching skills to help individuals & teams understand their operating style in complex high performance environments.

"Teams solve problems faster when they're more cognitively diverse."

Teams and individuals who are required to deliver under pressure in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments are required to be cognitively Agile, Versatile and Adaptable.
There is evidence that increased understanding of individual and collective thinking styles allows teams to develop collaborative thinking processes to guide the group in all its planning, conflict resolution and problem solving.

Agile thinking

Ability to shift from one type of thinking or mindset to another – from seeing a problem to seeing an opportunity, from seeing data to making a decision. An agile mind is nimble and quick, not stiff and stuck, in the moment 

Versatile thinking

Ability to be multi-dimensional, competent enough to perform all the different styles of thinking – to be creative, to be analytical, to be emotionally intelligent, to be critical and to demonstrate initiative and have a greater sense of agency.  

Adaptable thinking

Adaptability means to being able to shift thinking to match the demands of the task, situation or person. To shift to closure and make a decision. To slow down and understand facts and realities. To explore new ways and options. To step up and take initiative.

Course reviews

This is an excellent programme that allowed a diverse group of high performing individuals to get to know each other in a non-judgemental way. It allowed people to share how they preferred to operate and hence helped shape discussions about how we take this blend of individuals and make them a successful and effective team. 
James Moore, Team GB
Deputy Chef de Mission for Performance Services for Team GB

Further information

Harvard Business Review article by Alison Reynolds and David Lewis (2017)  “Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse” cites a direct correlation between team performance and cognitive diversity. Stating that cognitive diversity is the  key factor in driving high performing team, more impactful than gender and ethnic diversity.​They state “If cognitive diversity is what we need to succeed in dealing with new, uncertain, and complex situations, we need to encourage people to reveal and deploy their different modes of thinking. We need to make it safe to try things multiple ways. This means leaders will have to get much better at building their team’s sense of psychological safety. There is much talk of authentic leadership, i.e., being yourself. Perhaps it is even more important that leaders focus on enabling others to be themselves.”

We use the One Smart 4D-i system in order to map individuals’ styles for creative, analytical and critical thinking. 

The One Smart World 4D-i® / 4 Dimensions Inventory was developed by a team of organizational psychologists, and maps personal thinking style preferences. The 4D-i cognitive style analytics data is used to maximise human capital.

It is also an all-in-one toolkit to build skills in four dimensions of 21st Century thinking to increase creativity, to deepen understanding, to improve decision-making and to strengthen individual empowerment.  

The 4D-i allows us to map thinking styles on an individual, team and organisational level. This insight enables organisations to maximise the potential of their human capital. 

It enables individuals working in a team environment to develop a greater understanding of each other and creates a common language, which enhances effective collaboration.


Since 2014 JHC has integrated the One Smart World 4D-i system into our work with individuals, teams and organisations. JHC is the exclusive partner in Europe, UK & Ireland for one smart world Inc. Together we have been collaborating to develop leaders, build high performing teams and to accelerate innovation. 

The 4D-i®/4 Dimensions Inventory is the world’s first and only online, interactive, research-based, psychometric that combines strategies in thinking, emotional intelligence and resilience into one solution. 

In particular, our work to recruit, develop and support the Team GB Olympic performance services team (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020) has demonstrated the impact of the 4D-i system within team development. Honing our skills and processes required to work with world class performers and Senior
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The JHC Way

People at the Heart of Performance

  • Create space for people
  • Listen to Understand
  • Recognise people have choices
  • Build Resilience to Perform

Authentic Voices

  • Who are you really?
  • Find your Why
  • Emotionally Agile
  • Feedback is a gift

Collaboration Counts

  • Collective Purpose
  • Follow and Lead
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Share Expertise