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In today’s rapidly changing business environment, leaders and entrepreneurs are required to be more adaptive, responsive, and innovative than ever before

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, leaders and entrepreneurs are required to be more adaptive, responsive, and innovative than ever before. Assessing situations quickly, and developing novel solutions have become a requirement. Differentiating your self, your product or your organization is essential–and requires creative thinking.

If you approach a new situation with the your habitual thinking, it’s impossible to generate new ideas, visions or solutions. Your thought patterns will travel down the same neural pathways in your brain the same way they always do–and the outcome will be the same ideas you typically have. Thinking in novel ways requires new connections within the brain. New thinking requires pattern breaking. Research shows that by actively engaging the brain’s capacities from both hemispheres, you have a larger “playing field” from which to create – there is more cross fertilization between neural synapses which leads to original ideas and “A-ha” moments.

The “left brain” organizes what already exists and thinks linearly. There is a sequential, analytical process toward a specific outcome. The often overlooked (but not less important) “right brain” imagines what can be and thinks in nonlinear interconnections. It has immediate access to insights and novel connections. Cultivating the use of both sides leads to breakthrough leaps and the ability to think on your feet under pressure.

I developed a simple Whole Brain Brain Dimensions chart to help you better understand your dominant thinking style. The words in the left hand column are typically associated with the “left brain thinking,” and the words in the right hand column are typically associated with “right brain thinking.” These are simple generalizations, designed to get you thinking about the habitual thinking patterns you use to approach your work. The more integrated your brain hemispheres are – accessing and using the elements associated with both sides of this list – the more effective you will be at generating elegant solutions and developing new solutions. Most individuals and most organizational cultures lean more toward one side or the other. Which are you? Which is your organization? Which is your culture?

Quickly scan the list for the words that apply to you in your work. Don’t think about it—go by initial instinct. Keep track of how many words in each column describe you. You don’t have to choose between the 2 columns – just check off each word that speaks to you as part of your own process, even if they seem opposite. For example, you may find you already use both detailed and big picture thinking in your work. If so, check both.

Whole Brain Dimensions Chart

Left Brain…………….Right Brain

Rational………………..Intuitive
Logical…………………Metaphorical
Sequential…………….Synthesizing
Details Big…………….Picture
Plan…………………….Improvise
Verbal………………….Visual, Kinesthetic
Analyze………………..Imagine
Objective………………Subjective
Parts……………………Wholes
Observes………………Imagines
Facts……………………Inspiration
Prove, Verify…………..Envision
Reduce…………………Expand
Preparation…………….Incubation
Pattern Perception…..Spatial Perception
Sorts & Separates……Infuses & Blends
Discerns……………….Generates
Convergent…………….Divergent
Conclusion…………….A-ha Moment
Facts……………………..Story
Levels & Stages………Dimensions
Successive…………….Simultaneous
Strategies………………Possibilities
Segmented…………….Contextual
Independent……………Interdependent
Distinctions……………Relations
Evaluation………………Imagination
Categorizes…………….Assimilates

Add up the totals on each side to become aware of your dominant thinking approach. What are your dominant thinking patterns? Where is there room for skill development for more whole brain thinking?

Whole Brain Integration Techniques

The flowing are some quick and simple exercises you can use at your desk to begin to integrate the hemispheres and strengthen your less dominant side.

1. Opposite functions – Spend some time doing everything with your non-dominant hand. Every time you break a dominance habit, you create new neural pathways and give the brain more options. It become easier to think in new ways throughout your day, and easier to adapt, respond and create in high pressure environments.

2. Color and No Lines – Instead of using lined legal paper and a pen in meetings, brainstorming sessions or any other work related functions, try use unlined paper and colored markers. Lines have a subconscious effect on us which keep the brain locked in habitual thought patterns. By removing the lines, the brain is more free to think visually and instead of just in words. Using colored markers has a stimulating effect on the brain because the right brain thinks in color.

3. Sensory Immersion – engage all of your senses in your ideation process. Instead of coming to a situation from analytical thinking alone:

> Visualize it
> Use different types of music to stimulate thinking
> Use 3-dimentional objects to move around on your desk as your are brainstorming
> Talk about it out loud (left brain) as you are seeing it (right brain)
> Develop mindmaps with both images and words
> Use body nonlinearly, i.e., have the right and left arms doing 2 different tasks at the same time.
> Try Crossover Movements – cross the left hand over the right, or touch the left know with the right hand and vice versa for a couple minutes.

The more senses you use simultaneously, the more the brain sides work in harmony and the information you receive.

4. Embodiment – become the project, problem, vision, product and act from its point of view. New ideas will flood your mind. This is easy to prove. First, try imagining new features to add to any product in a certain time period, i.e., 5 minutes. You will come up with a number of features. Then, pretend you actually are the product – become the product -and start talking as the product, again for 5 minutes. You will learn exponentially more about what additional features it “needs.” The act of becoming a product or concept will give you new insights and awareness’ into the product, and therefore, potential new features, that you cannot get from just thinking about it.

Innovation has become one of the top business values today, and thinking creatively is requisite for sustainable innovation. Whole brain thinking is the one of the most effective – and accessible – approaches to break out of limited thinking and develop consistently fresh thinking patterns. Once you access your brain’s creative wellspring, business challenges can become innovative opportunities.

Paradigm shift

“Paradigm shift.” “Value-add.” “Win-win.” “Customer-centric.” “Outside-the-box.” “Leverage our core competencies.” Clich?d terms like these buzz around the office like flies at a hot summer picnic … and they’re just as annoying.

Language is alive, and when it’s not, it’s time to liven things up. Here are some fresh examples (just for fun):

1. Hallway Trapprehension

The anxiety we feel at the approach of a coworker we’ve already passed multiple times in the hall in a single day (as we fret over something new and witty to say).

2. Shingling

Excessively pitching our kids’ candy bars, cookies, bowl-a-thon pledge requests, or anything else to coworkers, especially when a child’s value as a human being is apparently at stake.

3. Zombieland

The in-and-out, slow-eye-flutter, head-nodding state people fall into in many after-lunch meetings.

4. Octoboss

Supervisors who clasp onto so many tasks and special projects that subordinates often get deflected by an inky cloud whenever they approach … as the supervisor escapes.

5. Embuggeration

The act of filling coworkers’ email with huge files, impenetrably convoluted or lengthy messages, irrelevant Reply All copies, or any such encumbrance that causes said coworkers’ productivity to slow to a deathly crawl.

6. CC Frighter

The sudden, desperate feeling we get after realizing the wrong person is going to see the email we just sent, usually because we’ve written some embarrassing or completely inappropriate statement about that person.

7. Epstein’s Mother

Any whopper, extra-lame excuse people give after letting down their coworkers, especially when there’s a pattern of undependability or when coworkers were really counting on the person.

8. Pushmi-pullyu

Any time individuals or groups have trouble finding traction on a common strategic mission due to open disagreements (and backbiting) about the tactics of how to proceed.

9. The Shirley Temple

Any big change initiative at work that is the apple of everyone’s eye one moment — tap dancing all over everything — then disappears before reaching adolescence. (It can also refer to any innocuous initiative that isn’t very effective; i.e., bubbly and flavorful, but with no real lasting kick.)

10. Unobtainium

The rarest and most highly sought state of any workplace, where strong business results are born from clearly stated and uncompromised ethical, socially responsible, and mutually respectful values, consistently and pervasively demonstrated at every level of the organization.

Using any new terms in your workplace? Share with us, and we might help spread the word.

A new product, the absence of the concept, it is difficult to wake up consumer awareness of potential heart desires, limited in the current competitive market share in the face of excessive homogenization of products has severely constrained its growth pace, this is like the red sea strategy blindly limited space in this already competitive market, but think of how to further expand the blue ocean strategy

A new product, the absence of the concept, it is difficult to wake up consumer awareness of potential heart desires, limited in the current competitive market share in the face of excessive homogenization of products has severely constrained its growth pace, This is like the Red Sea strategy blindly limited space in this already competitive market, but think of how to further expand the Blue Ocean Strategy.
About the concept of products, generally refers to the unique concept of consumption with the market prospects and unique original new products. Its introduction, must be based on market-oriented basis, through rigorous scientific investigation and thoughtful analysis of a comprehensive trade-off, consumers must be clear objectives and be able to meet the objectives of consumer demand, and must investigate the market potential and market capacity. Haier Group CEO Zhang said that the premise of creating a market is to create the concept, is particularly incisive.
Take the ceramic industry is often regarded as a model of the appliance industry study, the Haier launched the DC high frequency pairs of fresh air, the first in the industry introduced a new concept of the Trinity. TCL air conditioner is about “the long-term energy saving is the real” rate of energy standards for new, first proposed the differentiation of “high life” concept. Changhong air conditioner is to spend 50 million and two three-strong hand in the insurance giant, to create a domestic appliance industry and the insurance industry, “shelf life + insurance” set a precedent for joint marketing. Galanz air conditioning is another way to focus light to create high-end air-conditioning. Oaks as the air conditioning industry price war initiator, it is where there is a price war, where there Oaks.
Thus, the household appliances their unique advantages are very clear, also has put forward the concept of the market and targeted persuasive. Seen in this light, as a concept product, meaning it has its own unique expression and extension of technology, in addition to highlighting their advantages through differentiation, but also from a human perspective to the consumer side of our core competitive advantages to challenge opponents to conquer new territories and gain greater market share.
In general, the concept of products in addition to its own unique characteristics, the need can be provided with the core interests of the point, it needs to lay a few cards the following:
First, the market to adapt to a license. In terms of the concept of product compared to other products, targeted strong point of the core interests, to stimulate demand, stimulate buying interest, from the character speaking, it should be determined by the consumer market and the ability to personalize to meet consumer demand, while there sufficient market potential and future of space can be continuity.
Second, the market leader in card. In recent years, endless variety of products, some companies lack core technology, often flocked to race to the bottom of homogeneous products compete for limited market prices down to the sea, in order to survive, some play “technology licensing” Some play the “marketing brand”, and some play “service brand”, “experience card” so numerous, in fact, as there is nothing new, the concept of a personalized product should have the market forward, in time and timing ahead of competitors or the market has not yet appeared. Introduced the concept of such products, companies gain market opportunities to win the first position. A typical example in this regard is the introduction of Hainan Yangshengtang series of innovative products.
Third, market innovation card. As we all know, due to brutal competition in the market continue to pressure the homogeneous products of living space, so the concept of product promotion a success after the formation of consumer trends, usually found in a large number of followers. Business concepts or technologies must be able to set up barriers to prevent competitors follow-up beyond, the concept of sharing the results and benefits of products to ensure that their products can become the biggest beneficiary of the concept.
Fourth, the market brand extension. In addition to a concentrated focus on the core interests of the spots, the long-term market development is concerned, should have the brand-oriented extension of context, specifically, is the ability to project a concept product line extension as a concept, a concept product group, which expand the concept of product portfolio and enhance overall competitiveness.

Successful leadership is all about moves

Successful leadership is all about moves. It’s about how a leader manoeuvres the people around him or her self that they are willing and happy to do what he or she would like them to do. It’s about viewing the business and strategies of a department or company as a series of stages in a long game. And it’s very, very hard to teach well when the teacher (usually another manager or even head executive) has deadlines of his or her own to meet, and a busy schedule to keep on top of. That’s why leadership training is so vital to the successful inculcation of new management blood.

Think about this: new management (that’s managerial material either fresh out of business school, or promoted up from a non management position) has, except in very rare cases, absolutely no practical experience of managing people. Graduates from business school might know all the theory, but they’ve never done the actual time in the trenches. And promoted management, while at least theoretically capable of knowing the company’s business model, has never had a chance to try and run it. Anyone who has managed, in any business, knows that running the ship is a whole lot different from just pulling an oar. Leadership training, which basically outsources the onus of getting new managerial recruits up to scratch, offers companies an affordable and time viable method by which their recently made chiefs can get to grips with the good habits that make great leaders.

Those moves we were talking about, in that leadership game, are as often as not to do with the way people work – psychology, in other words. A good leader is a first rate psychologist, able to use different tacks with different people, as their individual temperaments require. Different strokes, as they say, for different folks. Thing is, not even seasoned management can teach that because every manager is different too. So the tactics that suit one kind of managerial personality don’t fit well with another. Leadership training bypasses all of this by teaching new management material to recognise and develop its own personal style. Rather than doing things a certain way because a senior figure in the company has always done them that way, recruits who have been through a good training course learn to find their own methods and use them. At base level, good management training is all about training oneself to manage well, rather than teaching people what constitutes a good manager.

Leadership training is as flexible, these days, as the world of business communications. Course leaders can visit their place of work at appointed times to run carefully constructed modules. Modules that pay as much attention to time taken out of normal work as they do to the development of good managerial techniques.

Some time must be lost by definition – no-one can complete a leadership training course without actually doing it, after all – but every effort is made, and usually successfully, to minimise the impact on businesses’ normal working load. It makes perfect sense – farm out the new blood and take it back in fully loaded and ready to go, rather than taking two people out of work (the trainee and the trainer) for an unspecified period of time.

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