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How to Grow Your Strategic Mindset

“It just completely caught us off guard.” That’s a statement you never want to hear as a business leader. But today’s VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world makes it incredibly difficult to plan and predict the future. At the same time, we’re all under pressure to move faster and get more done. So while thinking – and strategic thinking, in particular – is a key leadership responsibility, it often gets pushed aside in the midst of the day-to-day challenges of running the business. Read the full article.

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    Strategic Thinking

    While strategic thinking used to be considered a planning process, it is now, more than ever, a critical part of day-to-day decision making, precisely because the environment keeps changing all the time. To avoid getting caught off guard, make it a priority to expand your strategic mindset.

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      The Whole Brain Business Book, by Ned Herrmann

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      Goodbye, left brain/right brain. Farewell to simplistic concepts and superficial solutions. In the hot arena of mind research and its applications in business, the new benchmark is Ned Herrmann’s Whole Brain® Thinking System. It delivers what it promises.WBBB

      Here, in his most recent book, Herrmann himself shows how to apply his famous four-quadrant paradigm for maximum productivity and creativity at work! It is the first book to apply the whole brain® thinking exclusively to business.

      The culmination of decades of research, this guide is as well-balanced as the model of the brain it describes: it is visionary and communicative, logical, organized, with conclusions drawn from a database of over 1,000,000. You and your organization will use it to:

      • Learn about yourself and your company
      • Break out of the “box” created by overreliance on one or two styles of thinking
      • Optimize your leadership and followership styles
      • Create and manage Whole Brain® Teams
      • Inject creativity into every area of business

      If the administrators in your company are stifling the new ideas put forth by the communicators and visionaries…or if you’ve shifted too much power from the marketers to the budget cutters and are now paying the price…it’s time to get back in balance. Ned Herrmann will show you how to harness the power of all four thinking preferences, with exercises and examples citing lead-edge companies. It’s smart business. And it’s Fun! Order here.

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        March 2014: Create a Culture Where Everyone’s Thinking Counts

        Employees are overwhelmed. Calendars are overrun with meetings that most consider to be a waste of time. Opportunities are being missed as people get caught in the vacuum of single-minded focus. And through it all, employee engagement levels keep dropping. If things don’t change, organizations will soon be facing serious retention, performance and business consequences.

        Complexity and unpredictability aren’t going anywhere, but managers and leaders still have a significant influence over the quality of the work experience and the contributions employees are willing to make. We need to expect more from our leaders when it comes to improving employee engagement, and we need to give them the tools to make it happen.

        A powerful starting point? The connection between thinking, engagement and performance. Here are five questions every leader should be asking:

        1. How do my preferences impact my effectiveness with different employees? Do I connect with certain people easily and pay more attention to their ideas over others’? Do some struggle with my directions while others have no trouble? It’s natural to, in essence, “speak to yourself” from a thinking preference standpoint. That works great for those who think just like you do, but the most effective leaders value diverse thinking and know how to engage everyone.
        2. How well do I know my employees? Do I understand their expectations, job needs and preferences, and what they really bring to the table? As Lastar’s Brian Wheeler shared in a recent success story, knowing how his team members think helped him discover a wealth of “previously untapped resources.” The company is benefitting and so are the employees, who feel more valued and motivated because they can contribute in more meaningful ways.
        3. What are the thinking requirements of the work? Aligning people with the work they do best and find most stimulating, and helping people stretch outside their mental comfort zones when the job requires it, should be key priorities for every manager. Particularly as roles have consolidated and structures have changed, it’s time to reevaluate job descriptions and assignments to make sure we’re setting people up to feel mentally energized by their work, not drained by it.
        4. Am I helping people bring their best thinking to work? The complexity of the environment means everyone has to be more agile in their thinking. Rather than allowing employees to become consumed by chaos, leaders need to encourage and give them the tools to use thinking to their advantage, to draw on all their mental resources as needed so they can make sense of the noise.
        5. Am I inspiring ownership and including everyone in the process? Now more than ever, we need the diversity of the organization’s thinking working to solve problems and find better ways of doing things. For leaders, that means listening for and valuing all the thinkers on the team, even—especially—those whose perspectives are different from their own. They also need to give people some control over the way work gets done. Engage employees’ thinking, and they’ll likely find efficiencies an outside observer would miss.

        To engage people we have to know how to engage their thinking. What are you doing to create a culture where everyone’s thinking counts?

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          Research Links Thinking and Leadership, Implications for Developing Leaders

          This study reconceptualized the Leadership Pipeline of Drotter through the lens of the Herrmann Whole Brain® Thinking Systeml to explore the thinking requirements of various leadership positions, how they align with essential leadership traits, and how to best use the resources of the digital age to develop the thinking capacity of leaders for the 21st century. Researchers determined that the focus at each level of the leadership pipeline needs to shift between the quadrants of the Whole Brain® Thinking System to successfully traverse the pipeline and move from being specialists to becoming leaders in the 21st century.

          Download the full report: Library Leadership: Designing Training to Build Leadership Competencies in the Digital Age (Ann-Louise de Boer, Theo J.D. Bothma and Johan Olwagen, University of Pretoria, South Africa)

           

           

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            Achieve Higher Levels of Sales Performance

            Are your sales professionals spending their time and energy where it really counts?

            Accelerate their development by aligning performance strategies with what lies at the root of the buying decision—thinking. The Whole Brain®Thinking System and practical tools discussed in this webinar will help your sales team:

            • Grow top line revenue
            • Increase conversion rates and deal size
            • Shorten the sales cycle time
            • Build stronger, lasting customer relationships
            • Strengthen your competitive advantage

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              How Will You Adapt?

              In this white paper, learn:
              • Discover the impact of a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (VUCA)
              world on current and future leadership requirements.
              • Learn how thinking agility will help you and your leaders adapt, focus and get
              more done in a rapidly changing and increasingly noisy environment.
              • Explore four specific steps you can take to build your own and others’ thinking
              agility.
              • Create your own action plan from the provided checklists to start putting better
              thinking to work for better performance and results.

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