Assertive Thinking

How To Avoid Confrontation and Utilize The Assertive Thinker

Boxing ExecutivesA propensity to take control often causes assertive thinkers to shoot for positions of leadership. They are well-suited for leadership roles. As a leader yourself, you may have an assertive thinker as a subordinate, however, and this may cause unique difficulties.

The assertive thinker may go against a defined process out of dislike for it or simply to try something new. This thinker also tends to get the team riled up – whether from sincere concern or out of boredom.

You may have an assertive thinker on your team who gets everyone excited about an idea and then disappears to carry it through on his or her own. In worst cases, the assertive thinker may try to fill your role, causing a shift in the team’s loyalty.

While the potential faults of the assertive thinker may seem overwhelming, this maverick has strengths that undeniably benefit your team.

Their spark can lead to change, improved morale, and increased creativity. They can add excitement to the mundane and provide a needed fresh perspective. Their tendency to challenge the norm is irreplaceable. When you need a solution that pushes the envelope, the assertive thinker is just the person you want on your team. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimize Your Thinking…In the News!

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Assertive Thinking: Get Your Groove On

Stir It Up Stacy“Success is 99 percent failure.” – Soichiro Honda, Founder, Honda Motor Corporation

If there is a radical thinking style, Assertive Thinking is it. With raw ambition and individual flair, the assertive thinker will often take over a project – for better or worse. Through sheer will, this thinker can move mountains, but she sometimes causes an earthquake in the process.

However, it’s the courage to try that makes the assertive thinker exceptional. Consequence is secondary to possibility. A problem is often an opportunity to shine.


As a Multifaceted Thinker…

You’ll want to strive for a tame version of this untamed style.

As a Thinker…

Are you resourceful when presented with a challenge – can you find the courage to take calculated risks?

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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 »

Communication to Circumvent the Chaos

CommunicationMore than likely, you have a co-worker who’s an assertive thinker. Working with this thinker offers some benefits and unique challenges. They are passionate, but they can also be hard to persuade. The best way to communicate with this thinker is to use the same style of thinking. They know how to practice forthrightness, so, in return, they respect it.

Recognize how assertiveness could become aggressiveness, which is never appropriate in the workplace. Your ability to be assertive in return – with delicacy – can help you defuse a potentially troublesome situation. Similarly, you might notice this thinker tends to stir things up when it is not necessary. With thoughtful communication tactics, you can circumvent the chaos they are trying to cause. Start by trying to see the reason for the outburst.

How to Lead an Assertive Thinker

When leading an assertive thinker, you may find that it’s “my way or no way.” They are always willing to do the work, but they may be unwilling to deviate from their own plan of action. The good news is that this thinker is not immune to reason. By explaining the rationale behind a process, you can influence their direction. Read the rest of this entry »

Find the Balance Between Passive and Aggressive

The assertive thinker says what they think, follows their beliefs, and gets people moving with their infectious passion. When “optimized,” the assertive thinker knows how to state their rights as an individual without overriding the rights of others. This balance between passivity and aggressiveness is not easily achieved.Balance But when the assertive thinker operates with awareness and without fear, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Your ability to think and act assertively will not only position you as a leader in your organization, it could also impact your personal happiness. Passive or non-assertive thinkers often pay the price with depression, regret, and disappointment.

How to Be an Assertive Thinker

The honest expression of opinions, thoughts, and beliefs is the basis of Assertive Thinking. When you are able to share your ideas with passion and persuasion, you can garner the support you need to create a sense of urgency. Furthermore, the courage to try makes your path one of change rather than complacency, leading you to higher levels of success. 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 »