Mindful Leadership | Increase Quality Thinking
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Increase Quality Thinking

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Executives, Technicians, Knowledge workers and Professional Athletes add value to their worlds by making a variety of judgments in a day.

These judgments are determined by and a result of a specific thinking process. Most people are therefore remunerated for their quality thinking, from the boardroom to the soccer field. We are all “competing” in the sport of quality thinking.

Practicing thinking should be a priority, the same way that a sprinter practice running. Metacognition (thinking about our thinking) is a crucial prerequisite for quality thinking. One of the best ways to practice our thinking is through mindfulness based practices, it emphasise and develop the “how we engage with our thoughts”. Development and the practice of thinking is not about reading another book or completing another qualification. Training is important but focuses more on knowledge transfer, information gathering. Reading and learning about tennis is not a practice to play better tennis. One has to pick up a racket and play. One has to stop, pause and think about thinking. One has to develop the ability to respond rather than react to complex environments. Quality thinking is a skill, not an attitude, passion or a nice idea. It has to be practiced, again and again.

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change.– R. D. Laing