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Citing the title of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” as an example of something people think they know but often get wrong, consultant Dan Pontefract offers a strategy for thinking more clearly and making better decisions. As he explains how his “dream, decide, do” system works, he provides real-life examples of “open thinkers” whose accomplishments stem from their deliberative cognitive practices. People tend to rush to conclusions, accept misinformation, skip nuance or trust shallow assumptions. Instead, Pontefract says, pause to ponder. The effectiveness of your thought process depends on how well you sort evidence, reflect upon it and challenge your conclusions. getAbstract recommends Pontefract’s manual to those who’d like to make better decisions or gain useful insight into their own thought processes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “open thinking” balances “reflection and action”;
  • How “creative, critical and applied thinking” improve decision making; and
  • How to implement open thinking by using 10 basic guidelines.
 

About the Author

Dan Pontefract is the “chief envisioner” at TELUS – a Canadian telecom company – where he heads the Transformation Office, a future-of-work consulting group. He also wrote Flat Army and The Purpose Effect.

 

Summary

Pause to Reflect

Today, people are busier than ever. They have little time to do anything well – including the vital process of thinking things through. For many people, clear thinking is an increasingly rare commodity. People don’t always get around to the necessary steps of thoughtfully weighing their options, building expertise and reaching their own reasoned conclusions to solve problems and make decisions. Some outsource their creative and critical thinking to Alexa, Siri or Wikipedia. Closed thinkers are unwilling to open their minds to new ideas. They seem to think it’s more convenient to go through life shut off from new information and ideas. Too many organizations also function in a close-minded way. 


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    Jair Ivan Perez Flores 2 months ago
    Thanks useful information; think, have the facts and apply. (Do not over think it )
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    David Hodgkinson 2 months ago
    "try new ideas if old ones don't work" hmmm
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      David Hodgkinson 2 months ago
      to be fair, I did like the emphasis on taking time to think over being 'busy' all the time
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    null 2 months ago
    Really helpfull
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    John Trocola 2 months ago
    Helpful
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    Basant Kukreti 2 months ago
    Useful.