Results Discussions on the topic: Personal, Team and Organizational Thinking ”(LAF 2018)

    In my search for an answer on how to make the best strategic decisions (and at the same time prove that it is useful to think), I came across two key ideas that do not bother me, because they turn over all the classic ideas about how decisions are made:

    • The subject of thinking is not an individual, but a group. (Team Clutterbach Coaching Course Level 2)
    • 3 levels of thinking from the Integrated Thinking Framework (Richard King):
      Personal, team, organizational.

    In this context, I really wanted to use the collective mind in order to clarify what “Thinking” is and why it is needed.

    Within the framework of the initial discussion, an understanding was formed that, in the context of group thinking, a perspective is best suited in which thinking is a process that determines the effectiveness of decision making. A slightly modified scheme is shown in the figure.


    So in our narrow circle, we agreed to understand by thinking the process on which the consequences of the actions taken ultimately depend. Remarkably, just as with an individual, the group has a conscious decision-making process and an unconscious choice.

    In the transition to the characteristics of thinking and how to develop it, I spoke about the three archetypes of thinking supported at the genetic level and related to the evolution of individual thinking:

    • “Collector” - Reinforcement through the result,
    • “Hunter” - Reinforcement through the process,
    • “Great builder” - reinforcement when a multi-pass combination is added up.

    As it was heard Maxim Tsepkov can be read here .

    (My memory tells me that I grasped the essence in one of the Stanford lectures on neurobiology or design thinking, but the exact link was not preserved. If someone finds out the source I will be grateful).

    In addition, thanks to the thoughtful and interesting comments of the group, we picked up a few more terms in order to characterize thinking:

    1. The breadth of thinking . The number of aspects / factors that are considered in the analysis.
      Chess example: Aspect # 1 - I will eat this pawn (Winning pieces)
      Aspect # 2 - Opportunities for development (Double pawn)
      Aspect # 3 - Alternatives (Eat the Queen?)
    2. Logic Order / Calculation Depth . How many moves / chain of effects is being analyzed.

      Chess example: The logic of the 1st order - I will eat this pawn
      The logic of the 2nd order - He will eat my knight
      The logic of the 3rd order - I will take his rook, etc.
    3. Scale. The object for which we evaluate the consequences.
      For example: Personal, For a team, for a department ... Country, World ... A
      chess example will not work here, because in chess, the Scale can be represented as one simple example of the number of analyzed factors.

    PS: Why is awareness needed? If only because there are so many situations and decisions in the world that are “Counterintuitive”. This is, as always, a pawn neatly substituted by the opponent.


    1. What Makes Teams Smart (or Dumb) by Cass R. Sunstein
    2. Richard King

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