Thinking and Possibilities

Possibilities can play a vital role in your life. The term possibility is often defined as potential, and the search for possibilities could be the aim of thinking. Possibilities are potentials and gateways for opportunities. If you close down your thinking and stop actively searching for more possibilities then you could miss opportunities and fail …

New Groupthink

  Fashion changes quickly. Admittedly, ideas about thinking may not change quite as rapidly, but you can nevertheless detect changes. Today, working together in teams is popular. The lone thinker is out of fashion. More brains mean more ideas. Working together in a group, highlights the social nature of a project. Everyone will feel that …

Create Opportunities

  Learn to Spot and Create  To create opportunities, you need imagination and skills to abstract or generate ideas from concepts. These skills can be taught and one approach relies on making lists of everything and anything that could be improved in the world. Another approach is to avoid using the word “problem.“ The only …

The Emotional Life of Your Brain – Book Review

Are you feeling gloomy and miserable? Neuropsychologist Richard Davidson and science writer Sharon Begley book “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” may provide you with some insight into your emotions and even give you some inspiration about ways to challenge and change your outlook on life. One hundred years ago, psychologists and biologists were interested …

Design Thinking

  Every designer needs to look somewhere for inspiration and ideas. Design Thinking is Andrew Taylor's   speciality. He has kindly written a story about how a designer got inspiration for the next big thing. Andrew has worked with design engineering and industrial design. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts with a keen interest in …

World Thinkers’ Ideas – Fitness Club for the Brain

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez is SharpBrains’ co-founder and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer. He was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Eco­nomic Forum (WEF). This forum honours young leaders around the world for discovering innovation solutions to problems that are regarded as significant in today’s world.  Alvaro Fernandez was born in Spain but he has lived in …

Thinking Patterns

People vary greatly in what they notice. Different things capture our attention. We focus our attention on different things depending upon our experiences, knowledge, values and goals. As a result, we will see certain aspects and ignore others. Our capacity to process information is limited. Information organises itself into patterns like magnetic marbles. The handling of …

Cassandra Information

The introduction of computers and the web combined with an explosion in information have lead to an overabundance. Finding ways to use information in the best possible way is becoming a vital skill. Many people, when confronted with a problem, begin a broad search  for information. They assume that enlarging the information space inevitable will lead to uncovering the information needed to solve …

Dialectical Thinking or Kick Box Thinking

Dialectical Thinking is a common way of resolving arguments in company meetings, families, scientific discussions and political debates. It is suggested that dialectical thought enable individuals  to tackle complicated issues once they acquire the capacity, to coordinate the characteristic contrasting and contradictory thoughts. Often the process unfolds in a fixed pattern. A person or a …

Innovation is a Tool

Below is an extractfrom Jeffrey Baumgartner's Report 103, which he has kindly given us permission to reprint. An inspiring post about innovation, and the importance of considering how to innovate. Jeffrey Baumgartner is from Belgium and when he is not busy writing about creativity he trains individuals and organisations on how to solve problems. And of course, …

The Thinking Habits of Steve Jobs

In Walter Isaacson´s biography Steve Jobs  emerges as a nasty, selfish, and ruthless man. Fortunately, he applied his talents to making computers and did not engage in criminal activities. Although, Steve Jobs  thoroughly studied Buddhism and meditated, there is little evidence of an inner peace of mind or compassion with other humans. He is the epitome of a genius who, because he thinks much faster and better than his employees, fell into the trap of arrogance and power play. Fanatic, extremist, narcissistic and obsessive, not a man to have in your enterprise, …

Creativity

When and Why You may want to have creative ideas for all sorts of reasons. You may want to improve something that already exists – like making a noiseless vacuum cleaner. Or you may want to design a new product. Write a book, or start a business. Many of us want to change things and …

Negative Thinking

Challenging Negativity                                                                                                   You are thinking negatively when you fear the future, or expect failure. Negative thinking damages confidence, and harms performance. A major problem is that negative thoughts tend to inhabit our minds and influence our thinking. Challenging your own as well as an organisation’s negative thinking is important. The more you fire neurons …