Thinking Whole: The How To

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The Elements of Thinking Whole

The three elements of Thinking Whole, by means of which the system of Thinking Whole becomes an actionable process, are the following:

  1. The Form: A structure that provides the framework for Thinking Whole. It’s like the irritant in the oyster, without which it cannot produce a pearl.
  2. The Focus: A way of keeping the thinking, the group, and the process, on track. It’s like a mantra that helps free your mind from all kinds of distractions so that it can focus on THE ONE THING that matters.
  3. The Discipline: The energy generator that turns ordinary thinking into potential moments of genius. It’s like sharpening a knife – you run the blade over the whetstone, feel the cutting edge, and repeat as necessary; until the knife is not just sharp – it’s perfectly sharp!

The Form

Every high-school test taker knows that “filling in the blanks” is much easier and far more efficient than plodding through the essay questions. If you know the question, the answer comes easier. Why? Einstein believed that the focus of solutioning should be on addressing the questions that matter; so that’s where most of your thinking energy can be productively applied. In creating Thinking Whole, we applied the same structure to an incredibly broad range of issues, problems, and challenges – and consistently got our clients to moments of genius. How did that happen? Mainly because we were able to begin every working session with a simple statement and a simple visual. “I may not know the answer to your question or the solution for your problem, but I can show you exactly what it looks like.”

Here’s what the solution to every challenge or problem looks like:

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