In the first part of Thinking Principles to Excel your Leadership we discussed priority thinking, strategic thinking, and future thinking. Below are the 3 other principles that will excel you toward success. When reading these principles keep in mind the words of George Bernard Shaw who said, “Few people think more than two or three times a year. I’ve made an international reputation for thinking once or twice a week.”
1. The principle of deep thinking
This is when you take time to really dig into and think about an idea or thought. This goes along with priority thinking because deep thinking requires you to focus in on one specific area or topic. Deep thinking allows you to think through a thought until you have a clear understanding of it. Those who want to master a craft or skill can benefit from taking time to think deeply on the specific topic or area. When a leader takes time to think this way they come away with insights and golden nuggets of wisdom.
2. The principle of big thinking
Thinking big can raise your confidence and imagination. Taking time to think bigger or outside of your normal thoughts or imagination allows you to raise your perspective of what you can do and achieve. Legendary Steve Jobs is a perfect example of a big thinker. He turned Apple into a successful company because of his big thinking and ability to create innovative products.
Donald Trump Said, “I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” When a leader takes time to engage in thinking big they will see an increase of imagination and have a clear picture of what they have the potential to accomplish. To excel your team or organization forward requires thinking big.
3. The principle of executing your thinking
Leaders who invest in thinking at some point must execute or act on their thinking. After thinking you must find a place to land your thoughts. The landing space might include: during a meeting, when you’re problem solving, through your writing or blogging, on social media, to your team members, or in your decision making. Great benefits come to a leader who thinks and then implements thinking into their everyday life.
Questions: Which of these three thinking principles do you need to work on the most? Can you add to the list?