Behavioral Biology grew out of research by surgeon and neurobiologist Henri Laborit (1914-1995). This area of social science discloses why we think the way we do, make this decision or that one, act this way or that. This is precious information when it comes to deciding which responsibilities to assign to whom, putting together a team, determining which areas need to be re-organized and how to get the most out of individuals or groups.
Henri Laborit published several books about his scientific experiments:
- The New Grid, 1974
- In Praise of Fleeing, 1976
- Action Inhibition, 1979
- Behavior Myths, 1994
Henri Laborit’s work is highly specialized and reserved for an audience with expertise in behavior biology.
Jean Timar is a researcher in human sciences who follows in the footsteps of Henri Laborit. He built on Laborit’s work and, using his own experiments as well, put together a behavioral map of the mind. The diagram of his map reveals several thousand variations on impulses that heavily influence our actions and decisions.
Combining his own findings with the work of other researchers such as André Leblanc on the cerebral nerve pairs, Jean Timar studied the central nervous system and different layers of the cortex.
This was the beginning of finding practical applications of the new science in industry.
From Behavioral Biology to corporate consultancy
Jean Timar quickly recognized the importance of these new findings to business leaders. He and Reine Néguin, another researcher in human sciences, created a management consultancy for executives and human resource departments.
For nearly 40 years, they worked with large national and international groups (Armor, Bis, Bouygues, Caisse d’Epargne, Gedimat, General Motors, France, Jacques Vabre, Kraft General Foods, Minister Mint, Parker, Siemens, Waterman…) advising executives on management issues, especially how to get the most out of people’s talent and allow them to work to full potential.
Experiments performed in companies with different socio-professional groups offered a good test of the accuracy of their grid in identifying talent — an essential ingredient for specialized companies if they are to react instantly to changes in world markets.
Technology is a complex and rapidly changing field. This makes it difficult to train specialists in advance to dealing with situations that could arise. This makes it all the more important for companies to be able to identify the people who are capable of adapting quickly to any situation.
Jean Timar and Reine Néguin follow market trends closely. They continually build on their knowledge of this field, taking the trends into account in their thinking about biological behavior and drawing as well on the work of other researchers. They are authors of several publications:
In the form of essays:
- Man and His Environment, 1972
- The Other Behavior, 1982
A methodology for public speaking:
- Get up and Speak, 1985
A more “technical” explanation of behavioral biology in:
- A Time for Reality, a Data Bank of Behavioral Biology, 1988
The publication of this book opened the way for companies to benefit in other ways besides consultancy from new contributions to behavioral biology. A service package was developed to give companies more autonomy and the means to design tailored approaches to match their exact needs in human resource management.
Jean Timar and Reine Néguin were often invited to speak in conferences involving representatives of Chambers of Commerce and industrial leaders who reacted enthusiastically to the idea of having a simple, precise and effective tool to develop talent within companies.
Enlarging the range of services
From a neurobiological standpoint, as mentioned earlier, the study of the central nervous system, particularly the cerebral nerves and layers of the cortex, revealed that the brain reacts to an external stimulus by relaying the information along preferred neuron paths that are characteristic of specific behaviors.
Identifying these neuron paths, the operational circuits, is essential to understanding how humans act and react to any situation.
Jean Timar and Reine Néguin began to formally identify, systematize and rationalize circuits after years of study. The next step was to find partners with whom to build the tools drawn from behavioral biology for practical application by the greatest number of people.
The team grew with the addition of Pierre Guerry, a consultant who specialized in executive team in management and corporate strategy and task force management. He developed the first tools that would make it possible to identify talented.
Then Pierre-Yves Revillard, engineer, brought his experience in the provision of organizational and electronic services as a consultant in organization and information system, particularly who specialized in managing data flow. His main mission was to oversee the transformation of scientific premises developed by Jean Timar and Néguin into algorithms.
The First Talent Performance Indicators (TPIs)
While these different types of expertise were coming together, Jean Timar was elaborating a method to help individuals improve their own performance. In 2003 he published “24 Senses To Help You Listen”, in which he points out that Man has 24 sensory possibilities in addition to the traditional 5 senses.
He stressed the importance of knowing and experimenting with all 24 senses he identified. They increase our ability to quickly comprehend any given situation and act upon it simultaneously.
Those who apply the approaches described in this document will perform their jobs more effectively regardless of their level. This book marked the beginning of service offers in management.
MPF is born
Behavioral biology now makes it possible to identify an individual’s operational circuits, provide the tools that will enable him or her understand a pattern of behavior and improve it. The very nature of the process limits its widespread use. But certain characteristics—the fact that it follows a procedure, is based on logic and can be repeated– make it suitable for an electronic adaptation.
The association of Jean Timar, Reine Néguin, Pierre Guerry et Pierre-Yves Revillard into a new entity, MPF, would address a need to translate theory into actual practice and rationalize the breakthrough in understanding preferential modes of functioning. At the same time it was important to not create a behavioral typology that would lock individuals in their past actions. The challenge lay in finding a posology in the performance of future actions following the initial analytical stage.
MPF began by trying to understand how people produce value added and how, regardless of their background, training and experience, they could produce even more value added tomorrow as a result of being given assignments better suited to their aspirations.
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The role of MPF is essentially to come up with a simple, precise, effective tool for talent management that could be used by the greatest possible number of people:
- by companies in managing their human capital,
- by service companies to make their service offers more relevant.
Either way, mastering the functional applications of behavioral biology at the very least is absolutely necessary, especially the functional circuits and their main interactions.
Jean Timar and Reine Néguin have assembled the basic data in two texts:
- A Guide to Behavior Biology
- The fundamental Mechanisms of Behavioral Biology
Reine Néguin’s Guide to Behavioral Biology is an instruction manual that can also be a reference text for people who are already well versed on the subject. It offers a clear, logical description of what is intentional and actionable in different types of behavior.
In the Fundamental Mechanisms of Behavioral Biology, Jean Timar studies the operational circuits and how they relate to the cerebral layers in detail. He analyses the physiological functioning in both ordinary and extraordinary situations. Taken together, these two works provide a solid basis for understanding the MPF “tool”.
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What is it?
The growing success studies based on relations between people promoted the creation and the use of multiple theories and methods of analysis of the figures. Their input and their vogue have not been negative, not by the revival of attention to others that they suggest. However, the Behavioral Biology-based approaches differ strongly by essential points:
- As its name indicates, it is behaviour that it primarily takes into account, i.e. the manifestations of the existing, the intentional and for the acting and the felt emotional.
- The “mapping” of studied personality develops through observation and the aggregation of facts and non-speculative approach.
- Identification of the type of personality leaves the subject perfectly free of its evolution, the analysis does not lead on the determinism.
The approaches described in this manual refer to the basis of the Behavioral Biology developed by Henri LABORIT, developed and adapted to the current socio-occupational environments by Jean TIMAR and his team of researchers.
For whom? … For what? …
The light given by Behavioral Biology can move in three directions:
- the Census of his personal resources;
- the identification of the specific needs of stakeholders;
- the detection of possible compatibilities between partenaires…
Applications resulting can thus be used with fruit for yourself as to the other:
- by controlling the consistency between decision-making and personal implications and optimal resources corresponding to its own specific characteristics;
- by identifying the exact nature of matches or disparities that can occur in all types of relationships with others;
- by revealing the compatibilities (similarities or complementarities) and also the risk of friction that may occur at certain meetings.
Any person may, by its degree of involvement in the action, overcome the difficulties inherent in disparities of persons or functions by itself but it is realized always with a considerable energy expenditure, sometimes out of proportion to the objective pursued.
The light given by the analysis of behaviour releases of this constraint.
- an inventory more open and more specific to its own characteristics, in particular its points of excellence – for a more assured use – and its possible fault points, in order to preserve himself;
- an adaptation more accurately adjusted to the differences in meetings with all types of relationships at all levels.
A mapping on three plans
Identification and optimization of the mechanisms of decision / action take into account and codify the data relating to the:
- ASPIRATIONS – The priority direction of the desires of the person; as it would above all get or achieve even if she thought not to have the means.
- EVENTS – What the person expresses; its actions and attitudes;
- PROVISIONS – The potential of resources corresponding to the aspirations and can, if it is well operated, to achieve the goal.
These elements not randomly join but gather and identify Circuits of operation including the origin and the trees are detailed as follows:
- ASPIRATIONS and EVENTS are developed in the first part of “EXPLORATION”.
- PROVISIONS and RESSOURCES appear in the second part: “USE”.
The goal is not to change personalities but to identify and optimize the exist.
Jean Timar and Reine Néguin, consultant of top management and Human Resources Management of major national and international groups. Together they total more than 60 years of applied research in human resources on the biology of behavior. They regularly enrich the data necessary for the understanding of the mechanisms of functioning of individuals.
Pierre Guerry, Ph.d., Marketing Management, consultant in strategy management teams and in management of project teams. It sets concrete and operational applications tool MPF to meet the needs of talent management companies.
Pierre-Yves Révillard, Supméca engineer, consultant in organization and computer engineer, specialized in the treatment of the flow of data and information. He directed the transformation of the scientific basis in algorithms to translate the data into business results.
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