Staying aware of what kind of thinking you and your team are applying to any given situation or conversation opens the door to a tremendous landscape of possibility.
Step 1: Become self-aware of your own thinking. We humans, with the huge neocortex portion of our brains and the vast neural network that connects all of our brain functions, are fortunately capable of this kind of reflective thinking. Consider, as well, the thinking of your primary colleagues or members of your team. Staying aware of what kind of thinking you and your team are applying to any given situation or conversation opens the door to a tremendous landscape of possibility.
Step 2: Think differently.
Of course awareness alone isn’t enough. Taking Einstein at his word, once aware of the kind of thinking you’re using, you have to cross the threshold and apply different thinking, based on a clear understanding of what the situation demands. Fortunately there’s an evidence-based model that’s consistently proven to dramatically improve effectiveness with this kind of innovation or problem-solving work.
This model can be a powerful aid for approaching problems from new perspectives and thereby improve your problem solving effectiveness.
It’s important to bear in mind: there is no wrong, or right thinking—there are only situational consequences of the actions created by our thinking. Considering problems from all perspectives prevents the closed-loop thinking cautioned against by Einstein. It can also provide a powerful and effective means for bringing in new possibilities, and where there are new possibilities, there’s hope!