Altruistic Thinking

How to Work With an Altruistic Thinker

Nurse Call ButtonAn altruistic thinker is an ideal teamate – in most respects. They seek ways to support you, they smooth over difficult situations, and they apply their well-developed people skills to build morale within a team. You may find yourself leaning on this thinker in times of stress. You may also watch others turn to the altruistic thinker when in need.

While this thinker will offer you the best advice they can give, their advice may not always be the right course of action. Because they are trying to preserve the relationships in a group, their focus may not be the same as your end goal.

While the altruistic thinker is a savvy reader of human nature, they may err on the idealistic side of things. Sometimes it is better to go by your own instincts or gut reaction when dealing with certian situations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Altruistic Thinking: Look Outside Yourself

Nurse Nancy“Giving is true having.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Preacher

In situations of stress, especially in work environments, it’s easy to become focused on your own feelings and challenges. Self-preoccupation is human nature and necessary in many cases. But while you tackle the difficulties of your day, why not also help someone else with his or her own problems? A willingness to give signifies an evolved way of thinking – and living.

The Altruistic Thinking style is characterized by a concern for others and a deep value for relationships. This thinker naturally comforts an individual, creates cohesiveness among the team, and leads with passion and understanding. The altruistic thinker may occasionally become bogged down by other people’s issues, but she finds fulfillment by working through them.


As a Thinker…

Are you able to look beyond your own troubles to help friends, family, and co-workers around you — even when you’re stressed?

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What Makes a Good Leader?

GoldfishGreat thinkers aren’t necessarily good leaders. Sheer intelligence can get you far, but it’s your acute perceptions of people that make you an effective leader. With an eye on the group’s success, a leader positions each thinker in a role that suits his or her abilities – bringing out the best in those they lead.

The effective leader is a savvy reader of human nature. But we are not all born with this ability. Using the 8 Ways of Thinking, you can gain unique insight into your team’s motivations and behaviors. When you know how your team members perceive and process the world, you can create an environment that fosters productivity and contentment. Read the rest of this entry »

Use Different Perspectives To Your Advantage

As you work to become an “optimized” thinker, you will want to consider that every situation has numerous perspectives – and your perspective depends on the thinking style you use. As a team member, this will help you to recognize that not everyone has to see a situation as you do. The resulting understanding can forge stronger bonds, giving you greater influence and an intrinsic sense of harmony.

brainHow to “Optimize” Your Relationships

The ability to work well with others is essential to high performance. A person might have all the indicators of success – an Ivy League degree, an impressive resume, even a genius IQ – but without people skills, these credentials lose relevance in the workplace.

The 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) provide a rare insight into the complex thinking processes of those around you. if you feel like someone’s from another planet, he or she might just have a different thinking style than you do. In fact, this person’s abilities could be the perfect complement to your own – not in spite of, but because of your differences. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimize Your Thinking and Abilities

Strong TeamSocrates said about life: the unexamined mind is “an unnecessary waste.” Simple self-awareness can help you overcome habitual thought patterns that have stunted – or locked – your performance potential. Recognizing the 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) in others will further your understanding of the people around you, leading to greater patience and greater influence.

Ultimately, your artful application of this knowledge will make you a uniquely effective leader. Not only can you position your performers where they will thrive, but you can also share the principles of “optimized” thinking to help them become well-rounded, multi-dimensional thinkers.

Optimize Your Thinking

Are you an “optimized” thinker? If so, you can effectively use all 8 Ways of Thinking – even those ways that don’t come naturally to you. Most essentially, you know how to determine the best way of thinking to use for any given situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Find the Balance of Altruistic Thinking

More than a random act of kindness, Altruistic Thinking involves the everyday application of these principles of giving. With this way of thinking, you know to ask “How can I help?” and you mean it. You also naturally know where you are needed. As a result, others are drawn to your giving and loving spirit.Balancing Gifts

How to Work with an Altruistic Thinker

As you aim to become an altruistic thinker, see if you can identify someone you work with who uses this style of thinking. Their example could be an inspiring force for your growth. However, you might know someone who errs on the extreme side of this thinking style – they worry about everyone except themselves. The profile of the extreme altruistic thinker could be a hard-working mother who’s consumed with her family or an idealistic leader who works night and day without a break.

These thinkers are actually impairing their effectiveness – and possibly having a negative impact on those around them. The selfless mother could become so consumed with her children that they feel the stifling pressure of being the center of her universe. The overworked boss might be stretched so thin that he burns out, which ultimately impacts the team. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Taking More Than You Give?

Giver or TakerMany scientists and philosophers agree that by giving of yourself, you can move beyond the trap of self-preoccupation into a life of fulfillment and meaning. When you step outside your world to consider the viewpoints and feelings of others, you become armed with an inherent knowledge of how people think. This not only improves your performance, but it makes you uniquely influential.

For instance, in times of discord, the altruistic thinker has a special gift for identifying people in turmoil – and calming them down. By ensuring others’ emotional needs are being met, they help to defuse tension to create a healthier work environment.

However, it’s important to make sure the altruistic thinker’s own emotional needs are addressed as well. Do you struggle with finding the time to give to those around you? Or do you put yourself last on the list? You can attain an “optimized” form of Altruistic Thinking that allows everyone to benefit.

Are You an Altruistic Thinker?

If you feel an overriding concern for others rather than yourself, then you can probably answer “yes.” Your strength in this area is admirable. However, as with any style of thinking, a strength can become a weakness if taken to an extreme. An altruistic thinker is not a martyr for others to abuse… instead, they are someone who offers support while taking care of themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Utilize Your Team’s Strengths

Strong TeamRemember, every strength, when carried to an extreme, can become a weakness. The Analytical Thinker can over-analyze. The Pessimistic Thinker can introduce a state of dread. The Assertive Thinker can break too many rules. The Intuitive Thinker can be emotionally biased. The Inventive Thinker can blow the budget with reinvention. The Altruistic Thinker can over-concern themselves with others’ issues. The Optimistic Thinker can overlook obvious risks. The Resolute Thinker can step on the toes of others.

By assigning suitable roles and advising your team to keep their strengths in check, you can build a team that’s primed for success. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Lead Your Group to the Ultimate Potential

Groups are as individual as people. Two groups of thinkers can tackle the same problem and devise drastically different solutions. It’s the chemistry, or thinking combination, that determines how a group behaves collectively.

Leading to SuccessWhen in charge of a group, you might have the opportunity to decide who will comprise your team. If this is the case, you will no doubt try to choose individuals who demonstrate signs of empowered thinking – they know how to maximize their strengths and minimize weaknesses.

Don’t forget that there’s room for “Dr. Disaster” on any team. While he may bring a cloud of negativity, through strategic leadership, you can help him harness his foresight for failure to benefit the team. Read the rest of this entry »