How to think about growth
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Strategic thinking is not only about coming up with long-term goals and actions, but most of all about the ability to think in systems. It is about combining rational and creative thinking and daring to face complexity. In this, you must look for connections, opportunities and possibilities. Reality does not offer a fixed outcome, nor does this way of thinking. However, it does provide a better insight into what is going on and help develop sharper perspectives on the future.
What is important, valuable and relevant for you, your organisation or your enterprise?
- What are the patterns that arise from the interests we have?
- What are the principles we live by from the values we hold?
- What are the human based processes we create from the goals we have?
Dimensional thinking and doing help us navigate reality by showing us how dimensions interact and create the context we live in.
- The advantage of thinking in dimensions is that it does not pin us down to one fixed value. It highlights that quite a few exist before and after the value we are experiencing now. It allows us to improve.
- The second advantage is that dimensions allow much more connections between points on the dimensions, creating a more prosporous world for us.
- Thirdly. The former two create many more possibilities to find intersections between people's positions.
(Active) Experiential thinking
Experiential is a far more rich concept than experience. Experiential is in the first place about creating the proper context where people can start learning. Inducing a sole dominant narrative becomes a burden if it is not adaptable to changing situations because between purpose and productivity stands a relational process. This process is about the intended active use of memory, knowledge, thinking and imagination to compass primary experiences to create a model of a foreseeable future. This includes, among other things, Bayesian, complex, systems, causal and model thinking.
Being human, we tend to treat our experiences through one of these four perspectives:
- A constructivist perspective holds that what we experience we can conveniently group in sets of manifestations
- A diagnostic perspective holds that we divide what we experience into latent classes underlying the manifestations
- A dimensional perspective holds that what we experience we measure with latent continua
- A causal systems perspective holds that we experience causal networks consisting of manifestations and direct causal relations between them
Why does the experience of the train passengers never match the punctuality statistics of the train company? Because we update our knowledge about the world around us, not in 'new-formed chunks' which can be counted statistically, but in a Bayesian way, updating existing knowledge.
(Thinking about) Complexity
Thinking about complexity provides answers about why we experience the world around us, how we can cope with that, and what conclusions we can draw.
Systems Thinking helps us to see how relationships evolve between elements and what they constitute.
Causal Thinking provides insights into to relationships between elements.
Model Thinking gives us insights about what relational models yield.