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.

When a way of thinking works well for you, you might tend to over-utilize it. For instance, a person who’s successful at Inventive Thinking might feel they can only conceive ideas, so they shy away from tasks that involve execution. Or, someone who’s resolute might find it hard to analyze their own options before taking action – as a result, they avoid situations that require them to do so.

The more narrow your thinking, the more narrow your abilities. While it’s important to harness your natural strengths, a truly “optimized” thinker can turn to any of the 8 Ways of Thinking when a situation calls for it. This adaptability makes you the fittest in the game of survival.

You have most likely mastered at least one way of thinking – perhaps even more. But do you know how to take a 360 degree view rather than thinking from a single perspective? To Optimize Your Thinking, you’ll need to move beyond the ways of thinking that easily come to you in order to consider those perspectives that do not.

Intrapersonal Skills

Psychologists have concluded that your inner well-being can determine your performance level. Despite this fact, the general emphasis for HR programs is on interpersonal vs. intrapersonal skills, which are also important. Interpersonal involves how you relate to others, while intrapersonal is defined by how well you know yourself.

The fact is, you must first know yourself before you can truly know anyone else.


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