Week 2 – Activity

Think!

Usually when we consider activities, we don’t include thinking. That’s because we seem to have gotten out of the habit of deep and active thinking.

Think about your business. Think about your customers. Think about your staff. Think about your family. Think about your life.

You have chosen a problem to consider in your business. Think deeply about it. Think about how to frame the problem so that you are solving the root cause, not just a symptom. Use the 5 why’s. Keep asking yourself why until you are at the core. Then think deeply about that core problem.

Give yourself the time and space to think.

Go for a walk, talk to a friend, stare into space.

Open your mind to new possibilites. Look at it from many different sides. Use a mind map, play with colours, spread out index cards. Make connections, see anomolies. Play with it.

Think!

 

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  1. Ardy

     /  July 16, 2012

    This is so very crucial. I was pleasantly surprised to find it in your book, not many people talk about it. We don’t know about where we stand unless we think about it. If we ignore we grow into something we don’t like.

    Reply
    • We are slaves to productivity to the point where I hear people apologize for staring out the window. Staring out the window is exactly what we need more of.

      Rahul, I hope you are staring out your window right now. I am!

      Reply
      • Ardy

         /  July 18, 2012

        In my previous job, I had asked for a white board where I can draw ideas, schematics of nothing in particular… I love to do that. Also I used to sit on the stairs of fire escape (indoor stairway) and we used to discuss ideas.

      • That’s because you are a very creative guy, Rahul.

  2. It could also help to think and to write your ideas on a sheet of paper
    (you know the stuff that doesn’t need a computer to write on …)

    Reply
    • You are so right, Didier; and while we’re at it, use colour! I have a jar of coloured markers for when I want to really examine a thought.

      Reply

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