Edward de Bono of www.thinkingmanagers.com explains why we should watch thinking in action.
Time For Thinking
How much of your time do you spend thinking?
By ‘thinking’ I mean mental activity that results in action, or analysis of a subject, insight or new idea.
The brain makes patterns and uses them. Once it recognises a situation, action follows.
Sometimes we are presented with completely new situations to react to. Then the brain looks for similarities with other situations before action takes place.
In addition to this there is problem-solving, where elements of known situations are applied in new combinations.
Only when faced with the task of innovation do we feel we have to ‘think’ instead of using the routine methods.
Rarely do we give thought to thinking. Like breathing and walking, we expect it to happen naturally.
But watching our thinking in action is incredibly useful. If we observe our thinking we can take note of the usual patterns as well as strengths and weaknesses.
Your thinking skills will not improve if you are only concerned about coping with situations as they arise. Then, the temptation will be to rely on the tried and trusted processes all the time.
So I propose a special forum to develop thinking skills and outline the rules for Thinking Clubs:
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