An important communication and relational skill is to be able to identify and match or influence the thinking styles of group members. Dreamer, Realist and Critic provide a model of thinking styles that is relevant to the group environment.

  • The DREAMER is necessary to form new ideas and goals – to widen the areas of thought.
  • The REALIST is necessary as a means of transferring those ideas in concrete expression – defines actions to be taken.
  • The CRITIC or EVALUATION is necessary as a filter and as a stimulus to refinement – evaluates pay-offs and draw backs.

 

The DREAMER asks or provides answers to

  • "What is it that we want to do?"
  • "Why do we want to do it?"
  • "What are the pay-offs?"
  • "When can you expect them?"

Attitude: Anything is possible.

The REALIST asks

  • "How specifically will these ideas be implemented?"
  • "How will we know if the goal is achieved?"
  • "Who will do it?"
  • "When will each step be implemented?"
  • "Where will each step be carried out?"

Attitude: Act ‘as if’ the dream is achievable.

The CRITIC or EVALUATOR asks

  • "Who will this idea affect and how will it affect them?"
  • "Why might someone object to this idea?"
  • "Where and when would you not want to implement them?"
  • The critic defines the contexts in which it may not work and preserves any
  • positive aspects of the present situation, defines any refinements.

Attitude: Consider ‘what if’ problems occur.