16 thoughts on “#019 THINK

  1. How do I think? Well, I always remind myself that my current thinking is only one of the possible ways to think. With this attitude and whenever I am confronted with a decision to make or a design to formulate I use tools to let me escape from my current thinking. I use tools like random word entry or concept challenge or even just plain reversal of what is popular or held as a “right” way to think about things. I also deliberately employ direct attention tools like PMI, CAF or AGO in my thinking.

  2. Thinking with two minds, at least. One is structured, logical, following lists and categories. It helps me make sense of the world around me and get through standardised actions. The second is unstructured, emotional, creative even random. It’s fun, challenging and each thought always ready to be destroyed for something better. The idea is here is to always look at a problem with those two states. It opens a flow of ideas that you can act on or simplify enjoy. It allows for discussions with others that are Creative and, sometimes, mind boggling.

  3. As someone who often thinks more than acts I often use my thinking time to evaluate multiple possible options forward for a given problem. For example, once I have done something and noticed a change, I’ll then think on how I can adapt my future actions to push that change to be the change I initially desired (if only I could get the perfect outcome the first time!). I’ll then run what I consider to be my best future action past a trusted friend or colleague (a SDNT loop in itself).

  4. From noticing my team at work the other day I got to thinking how recent changes I made to how we work has helped me gain some time to focus on my own tasks at hand.
    I noticed that much of my attention is needed with some tasks that my team undertakes. But I made a simple change and overloaded my diary with one on one meetings to go through any questions my team member had. This allowed us to use this setting to tackle immediate problems but also it allowed me the time to provide constructive feedback to my team members. While this process does take a bit more time I feel that my team is now finding their tasks easier to get through and I find that I have my own Time to myself and focus on my tasks. Now this is probably not the best way forward, it is simple one way and I now have to keep thinking on how I can improve on this in the future.

  5. In order to get to “what should I be thinking about” I aspire to explore in an open and ego free manner the perspectives from the other side. Like Maurie, I have spent a great deal of time engaging with a senior executive in charge over 50,000 staff here in Australia. I find it of great interest that this “genius in the retail space” bases the majority of his success on a philosophy of allowing all views and perspectives to wash over him without the feeling of being personal attacked. I am interested in better thinking through better relationships.

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