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You probably shy away from some people on social occasions. Their conversations are tedious. You groan inwardly when they approach for you know that they are unremittingly dull company. Equally you may be fortunate enough to know some brilliant conversationalists who can enliven any discussion and who are excellent company whatever the circumstances. In what category would other people place you?
General George S. Patton once said “ If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking .” I think a key trait of the truly STRATEGIC human resources professional is to be a nonconformist in a conformist role. That to me is the essence of “thinking outside the box.”
A guest post by Hulbert Lee of FromBottomUp.com There is a certain expectation that comes with being an artist. Whether our artistry is dancing, painting, or writing, itís important that we constantly find new and different ways to produce works for other people. This can be difficult however, when there are 1000 things going on in our minds at once. With our busy schedules, we need to have time to look for new ideas, create works that interest other people, and produce often enough so that our material doesnít become too old.
In the same way a man can be chained to an oak tree, a mind can be chained to an assumption, a religion, a political party, or any idea of any kind. But the idea, like the tree, should not be blamed.
I call it the “leather couch problem,” but it happens to me every time I have to purchase something expensive. I’ll be standing in the furniture store, contemplating my sofa options―do I want the chestnut cotton or the black suede sectional?―when I’m suddenly seized with anxiety. What if I choose the wrong one?
How to be a Critical Thinker (based on Critical and Creative Thinking by Carole Wade and Carol Tavris) "The philosopher Richard Paul has described there kinds of people: vulgar believers, who use slogans and platitudes to bully those holding different points of view into agreeing with them; sophisticated believers, who are skilled at using intellectual arguments, but only to defend what they already believe; and critical believers, who reason their way to conclusions and are ready to listen to others." --Wade and Tavris Definition: "Critical thinking is the ability and willingness to assess claims and make objective judgments on the basis of well-supported reasons.