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The Power of Innovative Thinking

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The Power of Innovative Thinking

Let New Ideas Lead You to Success

Career Press,

15 min read
10 take-aways
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In the information age your brainpower determines your value. So it might be worth taking a moment to think about how you think.

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By taking the time to think about the way you think, you can actually become a better, or at least more effective, thinker. That’s the main premise of Jim Wheeler’s brief book, which despite being somewhat simplistic, still manages to convey some valuable insights into thinking patterns. Readers who are new to the study of mental processes will be well pleased with Wheeler’s work, which is written in a non-intimidating, conversational tone. He takes a methodical approach in examining human thought and offers clear suggestions as to how to change your thinking habits to encourage positive results. getAbstract recommends this book to human resources executives, who will find its concepts helpful in training employees, forming teams and identifying potential leaders, and to any executive or student looking for a competitive edge.


Screening Out Stimulation

People come equipped with mental filters that affect the way they think. These filters are essentially subconscious, social or survival-related screening mechanisms.

Subconscious filters are linked to your values, culture and religious background. Your subconscious filters tell you to do the right thing, and it’s because of them that you need to ensure that your employer’s policies are not in conflict with your personal value system. Your subconscious filters sometimes will trigger emotions when you hear certain words or phrases. Be aware of your trigger words so you can control your filters and monitor your feelings.

Survival filters help prevent sensory overload. You have sound filters that block out sounds that are not important to you. Close your eyes and listen to the room you are in. Do you hear the hum of the laser printer and the motor in your computer? Perhaps you hear a telephone ringing in a distant office. When you are focused on your work, your mind blocks out these sounds, but does not mask sudden sounds like a ringing telephone or someone calling your name.

Memory filters are also survival filters. They allow you...

About the Author

Jim Wheeler first wrote this book ten years ago. It was recently reissued.

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