I. Introduction & Background
1. This submission deals with concepts and guidelines, which if internalized & practiced, will cause us to experience a significant shift in our Thinking Productivity.
It falls in the personal focus category & in the new knowledge format.
2. My love & passion for the subject of Thinking has its genesis in Eli's last seminal work "The Choice". In it
a. He made out a strong case for people to "Think Clearly" if they wished to fulfil on their aspiration of living a full life…
b. He defined Thinking Clearly as organizing & using our thoughts in a way, that helps us figure out correctly the cause and effect linkages governing the situation of interest to us. This is because we need to make our choices & decisions with a correct understanding of the Reality around us.
c. He claimed that while most desired a happy life, they did not put in the Thinking efforts required for it
d. He highlighted the limiting beliefs that keep people from Thinking well – & then went on to suggest the counter measures viz the empowering assumptions that’ll help us to Think Clearly .
3. What captured my attention & interest was that this ‘below par Thinking malaise , as highlighted by Eli, applied to the intelligentsia, as well -& if I may dare say, that includes the TOC community also ... most importantly, I could see a glaring gap between Eli’s concept & vision of Thinking Clearly & my own output…
4. The other interesting conundrum was the way we relate to ‘Thinking’ :
a) Interestingly, we do not bother to think about the very faculty that allows us to Think, viz Thinking itself.
b) We treat it as a near continuous, background, de-facto, largely unconscious activity- we know it to be important, but only in a fuzzy way…
c) Deep down, we also carry the belief that there’s not much that we can do about it- that is because our brain capacity, which primarily governs our Thinking Output, is a near given…
d) Thus, while ‘Thinking’ & improving its productivity, should have been a burning priority, it is not much of an actionable issue, for most of us!!… this is what I am determined to change…& facilitate…
5. I have been studying & researching the issue of ‘Thinking Clearly’ for a while now-it has become a passion area for me. I have presented on this topic at the TOCICO conferences of Cape Town, & Leesburg.
6. Over the years, I have succeeded in including some important additional pieces relating to ‘how we Think’ to Eli’s core content from ‘The Choice’ – this with the objective of having a more robust & complete solution to the ‘Clear Thinking’ problem.
Notable inclusion is the Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman’s work on the two modes of Thinking viz. Fast (System 1-instinctive, associative, emotional, low effort) & Slow (system 2-rational, considered, cognitive, logical, deliberate, & effortful ). Our tendency for ‘lazy, bare minimum Thinking’ & how these 2 modes interact, provides us with an improved understanding of why we find it difficult to Think Clearly…
7. I wish to present my updated work at the Berlin conference under the title ‘What can I do to enhance my Thinking Productivity’…. The proposed presentation at TOCICO 2017 will be a sequel to the previous ones in 2015 & 2016- it would be say …‘Power of Clear Thinking’ 3.
II. The presentation scope …
It will cover the following aspects
1. The critical role of Thinking in our lives..
2. Our current connectivity/ relationship with Thinking
3. The difference between Thinking & the benchmark for good quality Thinking – Thinking Clearly (TC)
4. Reasons for the gap
• The way we Think (fast & slow modes – Daniel Kahneman)
• The blocks/limiting assumptions (Eli G)
5. The response to the gap factors
6. Increasing our Thinking Productivity – guidelines, enabling practices & some mini-tools for it…
7. Making Thinking Clearly ‘A way of life’….
III. The Topic–as seen through the lens of Change Management…
Move from being largely a ‘default Thinker’ to a more Purposeful, Aware & Conscious Thinker…
6 Key words/ phrases that identify & distinguish this paper ….
1. Clear Thinking
3. The 2 modes of Thinking- fast & slow….
4. Inherent Simplicity
5. Lazy Thinking
6. Experience to Experience living
Possible/ Relevant Queries
1. How will I know that ‘Clear Thinking’ is working for me?
2. Could you pls suggest some additional guidelines & practices to become a purposeful, ‘aware & conscious’ Thinker….
3. What are some other key takeaways & application areas of Daniel Kahneman’ s work ‘Thinking, Fast & Slow’?