EPISODE 247 There is extensive research on the accelerating rate of change, but little is written on how we can change the way we think to innovate and be creative during times of change. Today we’re exploring elastic thinking, your brain and ways to be more creative and innovative in the workplace.

 

STUFF WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE
Essential Qualities of Thought

  1. The capacity to let go of uncomfortable ideas and become accustomed to ambiguity and contradiction.
  2. The capability to rise above conventional mindsets and reframe the questions we ask.
  3. The ability to abandon our engrained assumptions and open ourselves to new paradigms.
  4. The propensity to rely on imagination as much as logic and to generate and integrate a wide variety of new ideas.
  5. The willingness to experiment and be tolerant with failure.

What is elastic thinking? It’s the ability to solve novel problems and overcome the neural  and psychological barriers that can impede us from looking beyond our current paradigm. We need to better understand how our brains think so we can nurture elastic thinking.  We can harness this new way of thinking to face challenges in our personal lives and work environments.

A relaxed mind causes you to think and associate thoughts, ideas and information in a new and different way. An occupied mind searches for the most familiar ideas which are usually the least interesting. Exhausting your executive brain before you start pondering an intellectual issue can actually liberate your elastic brain.

 

QUOTES BY CHRIS
Our evolving attitudes are an adaption.”
“A relaxed mind explores novel ideas.”

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY
“I was laid off last October and accepted a job offer a month later. It is in my industry in which I have 10 years experience and the position was a promotion from my previous job. After three months in this new position, I realized it was not for me – very long hours (12 -13 hour days) and my co-workers bragged every Monday how much work they accomplished over the weekend. Pair that with a person on my team who was training me and always put me down – asking me very silly questions such as, “Do you know what the word manufacturing means?”, berating me and always telling me I did something wrong. When I asked her how she would like me to perform a task, she told me, “No one will tell you what to do or how to do it. You have to be self-motivated.”

I talked to my boss and we agreed it would be best if I resigned, however, he kept me on for several months because everyone in the office (with the exception of this one person) liked me and I got along with everyone. Now that the position is done and I’m unemployed, what do you suggest I tell potential employers why I left my position?” -Anonymous

 

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