Tough skills: a taster workshop with J D Rhodes

The day comprises three stages: the first enables you to explore your own thinking.  You will find out the balance of your thinking habits.

The second looks at the kinds of questions asked when putting thinking to work.  Questions reveal thinking.  What do you ask?  When?  For what?  And what questions do you never use or think up? 

The third element looks forward to embedding all you have discovered to make it useful.


1.  Self-discovery

•   Explore the tough, generic thinking skills
•   Discover your own Thinking-Intentions, called Thunks for short
•   Learn the deep distinctions between Is, Ought and Might Be and how slipping between them causes confusion, misunderstanding and lost opportunities.
•   Be guided through the ‘Effective Intelligence’ Model of Mind for your own insights into the fundamentals of thinking.
•   Find out how you orientate your own thinking: are you more inclined to Distinguish, Categorise and Pursue, or Value, Observe and Symbolise?  There are 21 different orientations, balanced uniquely in each person.
•   Grow into the ‘leadership of thought’: the strength that comes with clear thinking, including the management of those aspects normally called ‘soft skills’


2.  Applying to specific tasks

Choose which tasks to explore in depth, for example: decision-making, planning including project planning, innovation into the company, selling, communication, negotiating, and nailing why something went wrong

•   What matters in Decision-making?  Managing the different emphases brought by different people.
•   Where in planning do things most often go wrong?  How to protect against this.
•   What is the difference between creativity and innovation? 
•   What are the barriers to internal innovation?  How you can overcome them.
•   People are selling and negotiating all the time.  Are you alert to the significant difference between ‘convincing about’ and ‘raising desire for’ something new or different?
•   Discover how business, government and not-for-profits use ‘Effective Intelligence’. 


3.  Taking your ‘Effective Intelligence’ forward

•   What you can do yourself to raise your thinking performance.  Learn about the individual coaching programme.
•   What you can do for your organization – in your team, in your department, in your division?
•   Take information about Licensing ‘Effective Intelligence’ into your organisation
•   A question often asked is "Can this help in my family?  My partner?  My children?"  Yes.  Definitely.  Please enquire after the workshop ends.


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