Friday, February 15, 2013

John Maxwell on Thinking

Thinking is but one component of Admiral James Stavridis' call to us "To Think, To Read, To Write and To Publish".  By the way, today is Admiral Stavridis's birthday.  In honor of his birthday, I share with you some of author John Maxwell's 'types of thinking'.

1. Big Picture Thinking: the ability to  think beyond yourself and your world in order to process ideas with a holistic perspective.
2. Focused Thinking: the ability to think with clarity on issues by removing distractions and mental clutter from your mind.
3. Creative Thinking: the ability to break out of your "box" of limitations and  explore ideas  and  options  to  experience a breakthrough.
4. Realistic Thinking: the ability to build a solid foundation on facts to think with certainty.
5. Strategic  Thinking: the ability to implement plans that give direction for today and increase your potential for tomorrow.
6. Possibility  Thinking: the ability to unleash your enthusiasm and hope to find solutions for even seemingly impossible situations.
7. Reflective Thinking: the ability to revisit the past in order to gain a true perspective and think with understanding.
8. Questioning Popular  Thinking: the ability to reject the limitations of common thinking and accomplish uncommon results.
9. Shared  Thinking: the ability to include the heads of others to help you think "over  your head" and achieve compounding results.
10. Unselfish  Thinking: the ability to consider others and their journey to think with collaboration.
11. Bottom-Line Thinking: the ability to focus on  results and maximum return to reap the full potential of your thinking.


Anonymous said...

What were you thinking?

Marc J said...

This is a long lost art, both inside and outside of military service!

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

Mr. Maxwell’s ideas on thinking are so deep in conjecture that he failed to consider common sense thinking, which could be the answer to most of the problems that arise.

Very Respectfully,