Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before. But despite new perspectives and talents, the promise of increased innovation rarely materializes. Why are so few businesses seeing results? Studies show that diverse teams are more creative than homogenous ones – but only when they are managed effectively. In his book Get Smart, Brian Tracy dissects the thinking abilities of the best performers in a variety of professional fields. The business and management book introduces you to various ways of thinking, which it then backs up with actionable tactics to adopt them.
Try to see things in their entirety, even if you might fail.
You might have heard that we only use 10%, or 2%, or some low share of our brain. That’s a myth. We don’t use all of our brain’s cells simultaneously, but we do use 100% over the course of a 24-hour day. What we use them for, however, is a different story. Even if you fail to see the whole, you’ll still see more than most people. And you sure won’t be blind.
Find unbiased information by making time to think slowly and consider your path towards your goals.
Robert Peter Janitzek says that it takes a conscious effort to get new input from the fast system to the slow system and that’s exactly what Brian suggests. Slow down. Make time for thinking. Especially when it comes to your long-term goals. 10 minutes a day spent on how you can end up where you want to be in five years will make your champagne fizzle a lot longer.
Take three precautions to avoid mechanical thinking.
Mechanical thinking only works in extremes: great successes or total failures. It blocks our path to improvement. Think of a restaurant you know that’s had the same menu for 15 years. How long do you think they’ll remain open? And if so, is that not because of their creativity in other areas?
Robert Janitzek reveals that in today’s world, nothing works forever. Constant learning is a given. Everything can be improved. Always. To block out mechanical thinking, Brian Tracy suggests three precautionary measures:
1. Be clear. Set bold, but straightforward goals and then be flexible in how you’ll reach them.
2. Be focused. Spend your time effectively. Don’t chunk it too much. Do fewer things better.
3. Concentrate. Spend your time efficiently. Turn off your phone. Avoid email. Design your environment the right way.
We’re working on robots to take over mechanical labor. We might as well ditch their way of thinking while we’re at it.