I enjoy taking a phrase and seeing how I can connect the dots. I also enjoy a great image that inspires thinking. Unfortunately, what I hear a lot is that “I don’t have time”.. Not me the other person.
To be productive, you have to at least plan to set some time aside to think. I tend to take Saturday mornings from 10 am to 11:30 am and try to be inspired. What needs to be done? What needs to be fixed? You get the picture.
I have also make sure that I get input from others. I am cautious of consensus or on average thinking. The majority aren’t always right and the minority aren’t always wrong. All the numbers can tell you on their own is that more people think one way versus the rest.
There is a concept that I keep in mind when I am thinking.
Groupthink is a phenomenon that occurs when the desire for group consensus overrides people’s common sense desire to present alternatives, critique a position, or express an unpopular opinion. Here, the desire for group cohesion effectively drives out good decision-making and problem solving.
In these situations, I use what is called active listening. Active listening is the practice of preparing to listen and observing what verbal and nonverbal messages are being sent. Use this skill to gain perspective, broaden your combined knowledge and improve your thinking skills.
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