How to Influence

8 Steps to Successful Brainstorming

Questions“Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.”Alfred North Whitehead, Mathematician and Philosopher

It was once believed that you were either blessed with analytical skills – or not. However, today’s research shows that Analytical Thinking is “teachable and learnable.” Cognitive expert R.D. Freseman asserts that individuals must acquire “skills in questioning, analyzing, comparing, contrasting, and evaluation so they will not become addicted to being told what to think and do.” Do you know how to look beyond the obvious and see the patterns connecting the facts? Read the rest of this entry »

Use Your Imagination and Be Inspiring

Ideas“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.”Ralph Gerard, Neurophysiologist

While you strive to be a more effective inventive thinker, you will also have to interact with others who are predisposed to this thinking style. Inventive thinkers are powerful contributors to any team, but many people have difficulty understanding and influencing these break-the-mold individuals. By exploring your interactions with inventive thinkers, you can take the first step toward improved relations. Read the rest of this entry »

The Power of Pursuasion Is In Understanding

CommunicateA keen understanding of each way of thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, or Resolute) can arm you with the powers of pursuasion. As you learn to position your thoughts and ideas for each individual thinker, you will see your influence grow, not only within your relationships, but also within your teams and your community.

Alter Your Own Thinking

In some cases, you may find that your friend or loved on does not wish to hear how they could be more effective. Or, if your relationship is less intimate, like with that of your boss, it may not be appropriate to offer personal advice.

Your ability to identify the person’s thinking style remains an empowering exercise, even in these cases. With your ways of thinking insight, you can change your own thinking to enhance the relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

Adapt Your Thinking for Successful Relationships

As you unlock your performance potential, the significance of your relationships will become more and more evident. You’ll soon find that effective thinking requires a nurturing environment of family members, colleagues, and friends.

Happy TeamSimilarly, success depends on your ability to influence those around you. The power of each thought is multiplied by your ability to share it with others. For successful relationships, you must adapt your thinking to the complexities of many.

You can best utilize the 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, or Resolute) by first knowing yourself and applying the various perspectives. Once you have identified your own thinking patterns, you can take the next step – improving how you relate to those around you. Read the rest of this entry »

Use the Resolute Thinker to Get Results

You may be tempted to step back and watch as the resolute thinker runs from hotspot to hotspot – solving every problem. But the resolute thinker can always use someone on his side.

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Even when resolute thinkers seem to be in their element, don’t hesitate to tell them “good job.” They are as open to positive feedback as any team member is. Furthermore, they need to be told when they are “making a mountain out of a molehill,” as the old saying goes.

The resolute thinker sees a problem and proceeds to solve it, sometimes spreading anxiety throughout the team. If you notice the team’s tension rising unnecessarily due to the resolute thinker, ask them to be more discrete. This thinker may tend to get everyone involved when only a few select parties need to be privy to the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Strengths and Weaknesses of the Intuitive Thinker

Intuitive ThinkingThe intuitive thinker is a seasoned decision-maker. Their ideas are emotion-based – they are keen observers, and drawing from experience, he can connect his current perceptions with lessons learned from the past. This makes them a significant member of a team.

But while this person can feel strongly about an idea, they often have trouble demonstrating the value of their idea to the team.

How To Work With the Intuitive Thinker

When you see a person struggling with this way of thinking, you can encourage them to validate their strong feelings through research and other investigative means. This process may not come naturally to the intuitive thinker, who is usually used to relying on instinct. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoid Over-Thinking and Analyze This

Magnifying GlassWhen you need to determine the logistics of an idea, you will want to turn to the analytical thinker on your team. This person can apply a sharp focus to the details in order to bring your vision to life. However, it might be counterproductive to work with this thinker during a creative process. Analytical thinkers usually jump directly to the feasibility of a solution, rather then exploring the creative potential of an idea.

This introduces a dilemma that many teammates and co-workers struggle with – how to work with the perfectionist. You may find that an analytical thinker is unwilling to even consider an outside-the-box idea. Or they may immediately ask: “How is that going to work?” Read the rest of this entry »

Tap Into the Enthusiasm of the Optimistic Thinker

Someone with infectious optimism often can be placed at the center of attention. They can rally the team for a cause and be your best ally in a crisis. When working with a thinker dominated by this style, you may find yourself warmed by their sunny disposition and caught up in the promise of a good time.Positive Attitude However, as with any way of thinking, there are strengths and weaknesses associated with this style of thought.

There are several strengths – optimism leads to self-assurance, improved morale, and ultimately, happiness. But several weaknesses are also possible.

Not Complacent But an Enthusiastic Team

An optimistic thinker may tend to avoid conflict – and not face the issue at hand. They may also have trouble making decisions or moving forward with a project. Read the rest of this entry »

Successful Teamwork Is Recognizing the Strengths of the Assertive Thinker

Successful TeamworkYou may not instinctively be an assertive thinker, but you may work with someone who is dominated by this thinking style. Male or female, the assertive thinker is the person who raises a hand in the meeting to say what everyone else is thinking – but too afraid to actually say.

On your team, they can be your best ally. They may also be their own worst enemy. While they might be savvy, smart and confident, they can get ahead of themselves. The desire for change can cause them to rush into action, without premeditating what could go wrong.

How to Work With an Assertive Thinker

When working with an assertive thinker, you may be tempted to step back and let them follow their vision on their own. The assertive thinker is unafraid of responsibility, and if given the go-ahead, they will move forward without you. As their teammate, however, you will do both of you justice to stay in step with the assertive thinker. Encourage them to slow down and get the approval they need before they take action. Look for the trouble spots they are not seeing. And help them to find ways to use their obvious strengths to improve the situation. Read the rest of this entry »