Thinking through the uncertain times can do your head in. There are multiple ways to think about any given situation. Many groups habitually follow the same patterns. They make decisions based on the same set of principles, rules and operational processes.
The best thinking comes from the best questions.
One of the essential skills of a professional facilitator is to unleash the full thinking potential of groups. We ask better questions than others. Of course we use a wide range of processes however the following list is a good start for you. It doesn’t require too much thinking I promise.
Think about this... Start by challenging your own internal thinking processes and then start listening to others, then look to understand their thinking logic.
Thinking alone can be helpful but thinking collectively can be more powerful if facilitated well. Thinking and taking action leads to direct results. It's the thought that precedes the action.
Here are few ideas to stretch your thinking.
Think and do more of:
Big picture thinking; the ability to think beyond yourself and your world, these are thought process ideas with a holistic perspective, it may be the third alternative
Focused thinking; the ability to think with clarity on issues by removing distractions and mental clutter from your mind, make time, eliminate, deliberate, generate
Creative or Innovative thinking; the ability to break out of your box of limitations by exploring ideas and options to experience a breakthrough. Go wide and beyond past traditional boundaries, dare to be different and push the envelope
Appreciative Thinking: the ability to appreciate that every situation may have a good reasoning from another view point. There may be an upside even when we sometimes cannot see it logically
Realistic thinking; the ability to build solid decisions based on facts or data to think with certainty
Strategic thinking; the ability to design and implement plans that give direction for today and increase the potential for tomorrow and the next day
Possibility thinking; the ability to unleash your enthusiasm and hope even in seemingly impossible situations, impossible (break it down…I’m possible.)
Reflective thinking; the ability to revisit the past in order to gain a better perspective and think with clarity
Questioning popular thinking; ability to reject the limitations of the norm, common thinking and accomplish uncommon results
Shared or synergistic thinking; the ability to include the heads and ideas of others to help you think over your head and achieve compounding results
Unselfish thinking; the ability to consider others first, think with collaboration and full presence
Bottom-line thinking; the ability to focus on results and maximum return to reap the full potential
It's a real mistake to believe there is only one kind of thinking. Most people are naturally good at a few thinking styles or skills and weaker in others. It’s what you do about your weakness that counts.
In a workplace gather others around you who are strong in other thinking areas. Remember what's important is to take responsibility of your own thinking.
We are privileged to work with highly effective work groups that get outside help when their stuck or habitually repeating old thinking patterns. It is obvious even more than ever that teams and workgroups are seeking more options to manage uncertain times. Uncertainty requires more diverse thinking and diverse action.
The world will constantly change you can’t stop it. Thinking differently does alleviate the uncertainty. In fact it helps make more sense of what sometimes is a nonsensical world.
This quote is worth thinking about.
“All that man achieves is the direct result of his thoughts” James Allen
Original ideas adapted from John C Maxwell
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