Resolute Thinking

3 Questions To Help You Think Fast

Think FastThe ability to manage a crisis through action is undeniably useful. Because not everyone is a quick “on-your-feet” thinker, you might need to cultivate your Resolute Thinking through practice.

If you find yourself in a high-stress situation, decide to take ownership of the problem. Once you’re in charge of the problem, you must first identify its source and then take the shortest route to addressing the problem – take action. This requires a reliance on your gut, but, more importantly, your experience.

Without experience, you may make rash decisions that only lead to more difficulty. Rational, experienced thinking while under pressure is the key to successful Resolute Thinking. You are able to act quickly because you’ve been there before. You know what to expect.

Do not hesitate to have and implement a back-up plan. Action is needed in order to avoid a crisis that could shut everything down. If several things go wrong, there is the potential for the Resolute Thinker to go into a state of alarm. A common weakness of the Resolute Thinker is to be over-reactive. Although success is still possible, things could run smoother by being alert to this weakness. Read the rest of this entry »

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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Resolute Thinking: Make it Happen!

Fireman Fred“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.” – Horace Mann, American Educator

There’s a time for contemplation and a time for action. The resolute thinker attacks a problem with authority and gusto – never wasting a moment on indecisiveness. He’s a quick thinker you want on your team, especially during times of crisis. He pinpoints the center of a problem and faces it head on.

 

As a Thinker

Can you think on your feet during a crisis?

As a Team Member…

How do you work with a resolute thinker who’s in crisis mode?

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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 »

Get Results With Resolute Thinking

A key trait of the resolute thinker is the unwillingness to procrastinate – this thinker knows how to get results. Do you have a long list of to-dos that won’t seem to go away? Which items could you mark off today, tomorrow, or in the near future?Checklist You can adopt the decisive demeanor of Resolute Thinking and unburden yourself of those nagging chores.

What’s the Priority?

The resolute thinker is a master of utilizing their time efficiently. They know what needs to happen and in what order. This thinking skill is especially handy in a leadership role. Do you know how to identify the hotspot in a situation – the issue that is most important? If you fail to prioritize your actions, this mistake can derail the entire effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Resolute in Time of Uncertainty

Resolute Thinking is imperative for project management or any job requiring quick, decisive action with tangible results. When time and resources are limited, you don’t have the luxury of analyzing options or taking risks. You need tried and true experience to guide you.

FirefightersWith easy authority, the resolute thinker can identify the source of the problem, rally a team, and lead them to a definitive solution. Resembling a firemen or drill sergeant, this thinker maps out a plan in an instant – and whoever doesn’t follow gets left behind.

Are you up for a challenge when a crisis occurs? Thinking in front of a computer drastically differs from thinking on your feet. The ability to act decisively and improvise when the pressure’s on to get results is usually cultivated through practice. If you do well in a high-stress job where the unexpected can happen on a daily basis, then you are most likely strong in this area. 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 »