It’s a positive trend that people in all walks of life are talking about being more creative to solve their personal problems. Leaders in business and government seem to be acknowledging, more and more, that their thinking of the past was inadequate and is incapable of solving the problems they created. Yet, few people have the knowledge and tools to consciously tap into their creative brain strengths and those of their trusted advisors to construct new and better outcomes.
The Hadron Group, Inc. has been collecting worldwide sensory and cognitive thinking data since 1993. The data shows there are more Sequential thinkers than Global thinkers and it appears that this trend is strengthening. Sequential thinkers tend to apply logic, variations and iterations of past methods to solve problems. This approach may not get to the core of the problem. It limits recontextualizing the situation and creates mental and emotional barriers to identify new ways to achieve new outcomes.
People with strong Global cognitive preferences are naturally wired to think systemically, see the big picture and live in their world of possibilities and options. Sequential thinkers of the world can readily put on their “Global thinking hats” and tap into their creative potential by using powerful and practical neuroscience methods.
Imagine what our future would be like if more people used their “Global Brain” potential for creating sustainable solutions for greater prosperity, job security, safety and peace-of-mind. Practical neuroscience holds the keys and promise to tap into the greatest power on earth, brainpower.
The following methods apply to any individuals and groups desirous of creating and implementing new and better outcomes.
Informal and relaxed physical environments help slow your brain wave frequency down into the Alpha state (typically 8 -14 cycles per second). Strive for a warm and comfortable setting, dim light, casual and comfy furniture and background classical music. These environmental elements are conducive to “Global thinking.”
Examples include: What outcomes are we are experiencing now? Which ones do we want to keep and which ones do we discard? What new outcomes will serve others and us in better ways? What are the possibilities and options that align with our new outcomes? Are we willing to embrace new ways to move into the future and release the past? What are the long-term benefits of our ideas? Do all parties benefit? Is our thinking inclusive and sustainable?
Mind mapping is a “whole brain” methodology. A Mind Map uses key words, symbols, imagery and color to visually depict and capture ideas, situations and thinking. It’s great for problem solving, planning, studying and communicating. Mind Mapping was developed by Tony Buzan in the ’70s, as an alternative to traditional “outlining” that tends to be a linear and sequential process.
Tap Into Your Creative Sensory Pathway
Everyone has a sensory mode that acts as his or her “creative pathway.” For some people it’s Auditory, for others it may be Visual or Kinesthetic. A statistically validated survey accurately determines your sensory sequence that constitutes your strengths and “creative pathway.” Breakthrough thinking occurs quickly when you “turn off” one of your sensory strengths and pay attention to your “creative pathway.”
Additional Hot Tips
- If ideas do not spring forth immediately, relax and be confident that your unconscious mind is silently and diligently processing the situation. It needs clearly defined desired outcomes to do its work brilliantly. Expect and be prepared for inspiration and breakthrough thinking to occur, perhaps in unexpected ways. Mr. Singer got his inspiration for the sewing machine needle from a dream of savage natives holding spears with holes in the points.
- Document all ideas, even ones that seem silly, irrelevant or disconnected. They may be the seeds or catalyst for the zinger ideas and concepts for which you are searching.
- Apply sequential thinking, planning and implementation processes to the best and highest serving ideas and solutions that come from the process of mining the global brain for creativity.
- Enlist the aid of your trusted advisors for big challenges and problems.
In conclusion, strong Sequential thinkers can be powerful and effective creative thinkers by combining Environment, Socratic Questions, Mind Mapping and their Creative Sensory PathWays. It takes the full range of cognitive thinking to create a “whole brain.” Diversity of thinking styles is desirable and healthy in families, teams and organizations. Otherwise, they are not playing with a “full deck” and may be missing important elements of analyzing and solving problems and identifying opportunities and risks.
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