For eons, evolution has quietly refined one of the most powerful tools ever known — the human brain. Every second of every day, our brains automatically sort, prioritize, and calculate the thousands of inputs that make our world. The result is a constantly changing stream of instantaneous decision-making, snap judgments, and intricate filtering that has allowed our weak and natural-weapons-poor species to thrive in an otherwise harsh environment. For human beings, our brain is our greatest asset, but it can also be our greatest liability.
Unfortunately for modern humans, a naturally-evolved mindset, primarily determined by automatic reactions to their environment and experiences, might not be in their best interest, either personally or professionally. The brain’s "autopilot" qualities that prevented us from being "selected out," as Darwin put it, are the same qualities that can cause hidden biases, knee-jerk reactions, and faulty assumptions when mistakenly or indiscriminately applied. These issues are, in turn, the foundation for poor judgment, repeated mistakes, interpersonal conflicts, and other problems that prevent us from achieving our highest potential.
By leveraging the works of noted experts such as Kahneman, Rock, and Patterson, this workshop will transform the way you think and, more important, how you interact with people in both your professional and personal lives. How we think and frame the world around us has a significant impact on how we get things done, how we interact with others, and perhaps most important, how we deliver value to the organization, our families, and to ourselves.
Although our fast, intuitive thinking capabilities have placed our species at the top of the food chain, this aspect of our “cognitive advantage” also has a dark side — biases or mental shortcuts. With simple but effective metaphors and practical examples, this workshop will open a new appreciation of the extent to which how we think can influence how we cope with today’s fast-paced world and what we can do about it.
Whether you are a functional manager, project manager or general staff member, this workshop will change the way you think, how fast you think, what you pay attention to, and why. How you think is your personal brand (your unique promise of value delivery) on display, whether you like it or not. Learn how to set the pace, not merely maintain the pace, and regain control of the most powerful tool on the planet by thinking on purpose.
During this workshop, you will learn:
This course is primarily targeted at employees at all levels throughout an organization who are interested in improving their overall effectiveness.
There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.
You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides and handouts, plus a copy of the award-winning book Thinking on Purpose for Project Managers: Outsmarting Evolution by Bill Richardson.
Introduction and Context
Acknowledge Thinking Fast and Slow
Mobilize Around a Five-Step Process
Learn How to Have F.U.N with Thinking
Making Thinking on Purpose (TOP) a TEAM Game
Recap and Next Steps