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.
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8 months agoThanks useful information; think, have the facts and apply. (Do not over think it )
8 months ago"try new ideas if old ones don't work" hmmm
8 months agoto be fair, I did like the emphasis on taking time to think over being 'busy' all the time
9 months agoReally helpfull
9 months agoHelpful
9 months agoUseful.