Cutting-Edge Thinking is Think about Thinking: Is the Internet Making You Stupid, in Your Thinking? Too Little, Too Slow…

THINK! Think is a word that most people read but don’t do, or don’t do enough of … According to Gitomer; consider these elements of how thinking affects every area of your business: • Thinking is the process used to make a decision. • Thinking is vital to attitude. • Thinking is vital to response. • Thinking is vital to action. • Thinking is vital to outcome…

Thinking is a process that’s developed through conscious practice… One of the classic objections (or stalls) of all time is– ‘I want to think it over’… Yes, THINK! is complex – that’s why most people don’t do it properly, or at all… John Patterson, founder of  NCR Company in 1880, created the word; THINK! as a motto, and directive for his business… Have you ever consciously thought about the way you unconsciously or subconsciously think? Have you ever thought about how thinking affects outcomes and results?

According to John Gottman; when you are thinking your unconscious is at work sifting through the situation in front of you, throwing out all the irrelevant information while zeroing in on what really matters; a person’s unconscious is really good at this… this process of thin-slicing information often delivers a better answer than more deliberate and exhaustive ways of thinking...

According to Ricardo Oliveras; there are ‘thinking traps’ and a lot of them have to do with our natural bias, for example; thinking you are better than you are (i.e., overconfidence in your abilities, memory, intuition or gut)… Trying to confirm decisions you have already made (i.e., looking for confirmation, protecting status quo or sunk costs…), or unquestioning your thoughts and assumptions…

You can avoid these traps by talking to people who hold different points of view– it’s important to have diversity in thinking, but there is one trap that is intrinsic to groups; the ‘group think’ trap. To avoid ‘group think’– be sure that dissenting opinions are heard, and that critical thinking is always being encouraged…

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Is The Internet Changing the Way You Think? According to Nicholas Carr; I’m not thinking the way I used to think; and the ever-deepening dependence on networking technology is indeed changing not only the way you think, but also the structure of your brains… We don’t bother to write down or memorize detailed information any more, we just do an Internet search to retrieve it, when we need it… The Internet has become a global prosthesis for your collective memory… And,  some experts say, that you may be losing some of your capacity for contemplative thinking that was fostered by the ‘print-media’ culture, but other experts say that you are gaining new and essential ways of thinking, working, living… through the Internet…

According to Sarah Churchwell; Is the Internet changing your brain?  As a writer, thinker, researcher and teacher, what I can attest to is that the Internet is changing my habits of thinking, dramatically… According to Geoff Dyer; sometimes I think my ability to concentrate is being nibbled away by the Internet; other times I think it’s being gulped down in huge, jaws-shaped chunks… I remember those quaint days before the Internet; at work, once you made it to your desk there wasn’t much to distract you; you could sit there working, or you could just sit there…

But now you sit and there is a distraction; there is the Internet with a universe of possibilities– many of them obscurely relevant to the work you should be doing… According to Bidisha; the Internet is definitely affecting the way I think, for the worse. The Internet means that we can never get away from yourself, temptations and obsessions. There’s something very depressing about knowing I can literally and metaphorically log-on the same homepage, wherever I am in the world…

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In the article How To Think Differently by Haydn Shaughnessy writes: A basic definition of innovation is thinking differently– it’s a process of associative thinking, and it happens more when you mash-up a lot of ideas or sources of information... According to Daniel Kahneman, in his book ‘Thinking Fast and Slow’; he points out that we have two thought process: One is ‘slow’– expertise-building that allows you to organize and access a body of evidence about your reality… The other is ‘fast’ a style of thinking for rapid decision-making that you do when you are forced to recognize new patterns or responds to the emotional urges that govern how you treat people…

You typically oscillate between these two modes of thinking, but in a rapidly changing world, it’s the ‘thinking-fast’ bit tends to dominate. The key to effective thinking is to balance the two– how you think differently and how to think so as to grow your expertise that’s relevant… The reality is that to think differently you must be good at thinking, you must be thoughtful, and this becomes your platform, your expertise… It’s a balance between– thinking fast and slow…

In the article Think Different About Business by Dr. Marc R. Dussault writes: If you were like most people then you do what most other people in your industry do… Yes, you develop your own processes, systems… but by and large you followed the methods of those that have gone before you. This process of copying what other business have done is called ‘mimiticisomorphic’ behavior.

What academics have found is that an industry company will mimic the behavior of other companies and the actually ‘morph’ into them or become like them, over time… whereas, companies should strive to become  ‘anti-mimiticisomorphic’What this means is that you actually think and behave the opposite way to other companies in your industry. Instead of following the trends you buck the trends, so that if your competitors go left, then you go right…

Businesses tend to follow other businesses like sheep. If one company raises their prices, other companies raise their prices. If one company lowers them, other companies lower them. And yet, many times this is done in an unexamined and untested way, without serious thinking… So, what if you were to break out of this sheep mentality– think and find solutions that are– different, better, more innovative, then your competitors. This way of thinking will lead you to better outcomes than thinking like everyone else. Try thinking in new ways…

According to Michael L. Norton; if you are making-decisions the same way you have for many years, then it’s time to, at least, examine your thinking… there’s a large body of research about ways in which you should ‘think’ when making-decisions, for example; creating decision trees that map out different scenarios– if you want to do this, then you should do this and not that, or making lists of the pros and cons and making a decision based on which list is longer, and so on… But, many experts believe the notion that ‘over-thinking’ a decision can also lead to the wrong outcome… Having a leader who considers every detail of information sounds great in theory, but it can be less than optimal for moving forward with a decision: There’s a paralysis that can come with thinking too much…

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Wherever there is uncertainty ‘magical’ thinking finds a foothold, and  people resort to tradition, gut instinct, or the nostrum of the moment to dispel the anxiety of not knowing… According to Jason Gots; just ‘slow down’ and think about your thinking in making a decision… According to James Heskett; good leaders know when to think ‘slow’ or when to think ‘fast’— they understand the thinking that’s associated with– rigid stagnate, unthinking application of age-old rules… Vs. careful reflective thinking on matters that need intelligent, unbiased thought… Then, there is ‘under-thinking’; the leaders that swing too far to the other end of the decision-making thinking spectrum– they don’t think at all…  so often their decision is — ‘Just go with your gut’…

Sometimes when you make decisions with ‘habitual’ thinking, things can work out fine. But that doesn’t mean that the decision produces the best outcome. If you have done the something in the same way for years, it’s probably time to rethink your decision-making– to think differently, a little more… However, when making many decisions people often think either; too much or too little, and pundits have yet to determine the right balance between the two for any given decision.

According to Jack Lannom; the term ‘meta-cognitive’ thinking meansthinking about your thinking’… and leaders who are not equipped with a ‘meta-cognitive’ thinking mind-set for examining their company’s basic and underlying structures that creates and drives effective change in their organization will probable never, in the primary sense, have the capability or capacity to solve present or future problems at the deepest level…

Hence, an imperative for many companies is for everyone on the leadership team to practice ‘meta-cognitive’ thinking; that is, for each person to think about their thinking as individuals, and to think about the way your organization thinks…