Inventive Thinking

How to Collaborate With the Inventor

As you may already know, inventive thinkers are essential to any team. You’ll want to acquire the strengths of an inventive thinker to use in your own life, but you’ll also need to know how to work with these individuals who break the mold.Inventor

While creativity is celebrated, the stigma associated with inventive thinkers is not so coveted. Sometimes considered “weird” or even laughable, inventive thinkers must gain a solid inner assurance in order to wield their creative powers in a judgmental group. Once they have acquired this assurance, inventive thinkers can be natural leaders bringing passion and purpose to a project.

However, this passion may be short-lived. Inventive thinkers may keep to themselves and find collaboration a burden on their own thought processes. The team can be instantly frustrated with a lack of communication, and as a result the tendency is to exclude this one from their tasks and ideas. Recognizing the value of a collective brainstorming effort will help in keeping the team together to accomplish the most good.

How to Work with an Inventive Thinker

When working with an individual prone to Inventive Thinking, it’s best to limit your criticism to that which is truly constructive. It’s easy to judge their ideas too quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

Inventive Thinking: Break Your Mind’s Mold

Ivan the Inventor“Creative thinking is today’s most prized, profit-producing possession for any individual, corporation, or country. It has the capacity to change you, your business, and the world.” – Robert P. Crawford, Expert in Creative Technique

While certain individuals have been deemed “creative” by society, in reality, everyone has the natural potential for Inventive Thinking. When you couple a willingness to embrace your creativity with your other inherent strengths, innovative ground can be covered.

You may be surprised to learn that the lifeblood of successful inventive thinkers is their flexibility. They’re able to look beyond the apparent limits and see where they have room to maneuver in order to uncover new ideas and opportunities.


As a Thinker

Can you transcend the limits of your thinking to reach new heights?

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Optimize Your Thinking…In the News!

Business Leaders can optimize the performance of their teams and results of their efforts when they read the newly revised edition of the classic book,Optimize Your Thinking®, which is being published today. Below are just a handful of the hundreds of media outlets that picked up the story. Click on any of the images below for all the details  and be sure to download your two FREE chapters today!



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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 »

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 »

3 Ways to Improve Creativity

Are you able to unleash your imagination while also applying it with precision? To be creative, you need to first let go of your mind’s preconceived notions. Inventive thinking requires open-minded thinking. While it’s human nature to judge an idea, you canCreativity discover new creativity in yourself by considering all possibilities – even those that initially seem absurd. Any type of rigidity can be a hindrance to creativity, which is why inventive thinkers often have trouble with details and adherence to process.

However, a process often exists for a reason. Your ability to think inventively is only as useful as your ability to apply it to a problem, which usually has deadlines, requirements, and constraints. 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 »