One day in 1950, Alan Bennett (not the playwright) entered a grocery store in Grantham, Lincolnshire. He was greeted by the familiar owner of the store, Alfred Roberts, with whom he got into - what he later realized - a "trivial but revealing" conversation. During their chat, Alfred Roberts, full of pride for his young daughter simply observed, 'that girl could be prime minister if she sets her mind to it.'
Alfred Roberts was Margaret Thatcher's father. At the time she was only twenty-five. Years later, when Margaret Thatcher swept the general election in 1979 to become the elected prime minister of Britain, she was the first woman ever to do so in the country's history.
Some think Ralph Waldo Emerson coined, "you are what you think". Others think it's The Buddha. Regardless, of who said it first, there's never been an axiom that's been tried, tested, and proven true by so many. We think from the moment we wake up to when we go to sleep. Even in sleep, some say, we think.
A research team at Philips, a tech giant, discovered that each of us has a bias toward particular types of thinking, which may or may not be the appropriate thinking needed for a specific step in a business process. This means that our biases may interfere with getting work done effectively and efficiently. Years of research on thinking requirements of the best business process practices resulted in a model of human thought in the workplace called "Effective Intelligence".
"Thinking precedes action. We must first bring into our consciousness an issue against which we bring to bear our thinking. Our thinking then produces thoughts, which become our actions, which become our results," says Julian Chapman, president of Forrest & Company, as illustrated in this figure.
Join us on August 15, to travel through the "undiscovered country" of your thinking with Julian Chapman. You'll discover your own thinking profile and learn how you can teach yourself to think effectively. "Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they'll become... habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny," said Margaret Thatcher (or so we think).
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