Thinking Strategies
“There’s a system for that.”
4 Dimensions
of Total Intelligence
Systems give us a
common language.
Personal
communication.
Selling your ideas.
Team meetings.
Thinking Strategies
Decision
validate
values-driven
experience
crux
trust your heart
conclude
Analytical
clarify
empathize...
Creative Thinking
brainstorm
challenge
reframe
envision
flow
flash of insight
Characteristics of a
Creative Thinker
• “Can we try ...”	

• “I know we’re done, but what about ...”	

• “OMG! I just had ...
Analytical Thinking
clarify
empathize
tune-in
scan
express
structure
Characteristics of a
Analytical Thinker
• “So what you’re saying is ...”	

• “Just to clarify ...”	

• “Can you tell me ho...
Decision Thinking
validate
values-driven
experience
crux
trust your heart
conclude
Characteristics of a
Decision Thinker
• “I don’t know why, but ...”	

• “I’m ready to move on to ...”	

• “We’ve already m...
“vulnerability alert”
This is where I begin.
Operating Style
Mindsets
Strategies
Have you seen these
preferences at play?
4 Dimensions
of Total Intelligence
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  1. 1. Thinking Strategies “There’s a system for that.”
  2. 2. 4 Dimensions of Total Intelligence
  3. 3. Systems give us a common language.
  4. 4. Personal communication.
  5. 5. Selling your ideas.
  6. 6. Team meetings.
  7. 7. Thinking Strategies Decision validate values-driven experience crux trust your heart conclude Analytical clarify empathize tune-in scan express structure Creative brainstorm challenge reframe envision flow flash of insight
  8. 8. Creative Thinking brainstorm challenge reframe envision flow flash of insight
  9. 9. Characteristics of a Creative Thinker • “Can we try ...” • “I know we’re done, but what about ...” • “OMG! I just had this great idea ...” • “Have you thought about doing it like this instead ...”
  10. 10. Analytical Thinking clarify empathize tune-in scan express structure
  11. 11. Characteristics of a Analytical Thinker • “So what you’re saying is ...” • “Just to clarify ...” • “Can you tell me how ...” • “Is this related to ...” • “So I made this spreadsheet ...” • “That must feel horrible!”
  12. 12. Decision Thinking validate values-driven experience crux trust your heart conclude
  13. 13. Characteristics of a Decision Thinker • “I don’t know why, but ...” • “I’m ready to move on to ...” • “We’ve already made a decision ...” • “Last time we tried this ...” • “So I think the real problem is ...” • “My gut tells me ...”
  14. 14. “vulnerability alert”
  15. 15. This is where I begin.
  16. 16. Operating Style
  17. 17. Mindsets
  18. 18. Strategies
  19. 19. Have you seen these preferences at play?
  20. 20. 4 Dimensions of Total Intelligence
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