Open to Think
Slow Down, Think Creatively, and Make Better Decisions
Figure 1 Publishing, 2018
Dan Pontefract’s “open thinking” system helps you think more creatively and make smarter decisions.
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.
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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