People are unique, we're all tuned in to a certain fraction of the world we live in. We're conscious of the things we know about and we spend the most time thinking in ways which we find the most rewarding. The problem is that in order to achieve big things, we need to apply various thinking techniques to our problems. Solving issues in business and in life often requires out of the box thinking, and for us to pay attention to processes and subjects we don't necessarily enjoy. Being conscious of everything in a situation is not an easy thing to do, actually understanding it all is even more difficult. Everyone is best at doing things a certain way and looking at life through a particular lens.
So what can we learn from the types of thinking people generally have? There appears to be three main categories of creative thinking that must be fulfilled in order to attain big targets. If we want to solve the problem, we have to look at it in these these ways. Some of us may be able to do an adequate job of all three, and others may find they excel in on or two of them but fall short in another. We're all blessed with varying amounts of ability in an almost infinite number of scopes. These three generalisations can help us define what we do best and know when it's time to ask for help.
Visionary thinking involves seeing big ideas, end results, and themes of method. Visionaries can have amazing insight and foresight, they can feel an appropriate direction before they know what it is. By seeing results in absolute clarity, visionary thinking helps to pin-point goals and obligations that we must reach for. Visionaries think ahead, they don't worry so much about the little nuts and bolts of a situation. In a way, a visionary is an optimist, assuming that all will be well. This is perhaps their biggest weakness. Contingency often falls short in a visionary idea, the innate confidence in the plan can be a downfall.
The next type of thinking that comes into play is the processing of creative thought. This requires a thinker to see the big picture envisioned yet understand that the linear process of it has yet to be designed. Creating a method that adheres to known and tested techniques but also delivers on the unique outcome desired is a jigsaw puzzle of inventiveness and engineering of thought. Taking known processes, making them work in unique ways, and finding a destination that fits the initial idea requires a lot of processing power, and it's only people with good processing imaginations who can truly achieve this.
The final stage, and unique creative avenue is the doing side of things. People that have the plan and they have the end goal who then go ahead and make it happen need creative thought. Finding the right person for the job, deciding how to maximize efficiency, discovering the carrot and the stick for each worker on board, and knowing when to use them, these leadership and management traits need creative imagination. Gelling a team together with a common goal and a holistic reliance on each other's integral function is a job for a great leader, yet without the initial idea and processing of it, they'd have nothing to lead towards.
Once we know where we stand on this turn-table, we know that when it swings around to us that we're best able to get the job done. We also can determine which spots remain empty in our projects, maybe we don't have a person who can fulfil a particular role in a way that works, perhaps we do our best but putting it simply, our best is not good enough. This is normal and people on the whole can't be the best at everything. Co-operation and rationing of responsibility becomes part of the process itself, if this is difficult to do, perhaps it's a leadership doer type that you need some help with.
Thanks for reading! How about a year of Haiku and Senryu? From the author of Alternative Fruit.
Rowan Blair Colver for Alternative Fruit
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