Read about the top 5 qualities of great thinkers that help spice up your thinking skills
According to Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy, creative thinking requires that you continually dig deep into yourself to generate more, newer, better, faster, cheaper and different ideas that you can use to improve the important parts of your life. In order to do this, you’ll need to tap into seven common qualities of creative thinkers, starting with an intense curiosity.
Creative thinkers start by asking “Why?” the way children do all the time. Then they ask “Why not?”
Next, creative thinkers practice zero-based thinking. They continually ask, “If I were not doing what I am doing, knowing what I now know, would I start?”
When you begin to ask these questions and practice one or more of these qualities, you prove to yourself that you are truly a genius, and you simultaneously disprove the negative hypothesis.
Situational awareness — Being constantly alert to what is going on around you. At its most simple, this is the difference between the person at a baseball game about to be hit by a foul ball and the person about to catch that ball. While this example helps to explain the concept, it is important to note that situational awareness is not limited to the physical world. From an internal auditor’s perspective, it is critical to understand the psychological or political situation in which you operate. Who knows what? Who is really making decisions? How are people incentive to act? Who controls the information? The ability to connect these dots is key.
Self-awareness of personal bias — Understanding your own personal biases and being able to set them aside, allowing you to consider information more holistically. Bias comes in many forms and, because it’s part of one’s core, is difficult to identify. Self-awareness is critical. One common (and unfortunate) bias that many internal auditors have is an assumption that people not cooperating with an audit must be hiding something. While this can be true, it is more often the fact that they simply feel threatened by a stranger coming in and evaluating their work. It is a natural human response to defend yourself and your group from those outside your group.
Qualities of Creative Thinkers
- Open to diverse thinking and opinions — Recognizing that you are not the only one who can have good ideas and opinions, and being comfortable that your ideas and opinions might not be the best in a given situation. A good leader isn’t concerned with who came up with the idea; he or she is concerned with selecting the idea that is best for a given situation.
- Self-confidence in applying logic — Not only being logical but being confident in your application of logical thinking in a given situation.
- Future focused — Looking beyond the current situation and/or “the way we do things” and envisioning the longer-term impact and interconnectivity of decisions. Understanding “where we are” not as a limiting factor, but as a launching pad for where we need to go.
- Observation and articulation — Able to accurately observe a situation and take it all in. As, or even more, important for an internal auditor is the ability to articulate to others what was observed without distorting the information by adding, changing, or omitting relevant information purposefully or inadvertently.
- Deep questioning — The ability to question, process the response, and follow up with additional questions until one’s objectives are achieved. For example, too often we see a news reporter ask a great question, get a half-answer, and move on. As a viewer, it’s incredibly disappointing. If you find yourself most often satisfied with the first answer you get, you are likely not getting to the root of the information you need. Ask yourself, “What am I trying to achieve?” followed with “Did I get the information I needed to achieve that?” It’s okay for internal auditors to pause and think for a moment during an interview. In fact, moments of silence can be an incredible tool during an interview. Not only will others feel it necessary to fill the silence — often with interesting information — it gives you time to organize your thoughts and consider next steps.
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Famous Kwame Nkrumah Quotes That will Inspire you
A collection of Kwame Nkrumah Quotes
Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian Politician and a revolutionary. He led Ghana( then Gold Coast) to independence in 1957. He was indeed a man of vision. His leadership impact was not felt only in Ghana but across Africa as a whole. Kwame Nkrumah was able to achieve great success in politics and this was attributed to his ability to apply the philosophy of logical positivism. In this article, we bring to you a collection of great Kwame Nkrumah quotes
“If by their fruits we shall know them, they must first grow the fruits.” Kwame Nkrumah
“All the fair brave words spoken about the freedom that had been broadcast to the four corners of the earth took seed and grew where they had not been intended.” Kwame Nkrumah
“Those who would judge us merely by the heights we have achieved would do well to remember the depths from which we started” Kwame Nkrumah
“Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.”
“African Unity is, above all, a political kingdom which can only be gained by political means” Kwame Nkrumah
“I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me” Kwame Nkrumah
“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.”
“It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and that this can only be found in African unity. Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world” Kwame Nkrumah
“Any meaningful humanism must begin from egalitarianism and must lead to objectively chosen policies for safeguarding and sustaining egalitarianism” Kwame Nkrumah
“We face neither East nor West; We face forward”
“We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, hat we are prepared to lay our foundation – our own African personality” Kwame Nkrumah
“It reminds us of the fact that a nation or a people can break loose from oppression without violence” Kwame Nkrumah
“It is far better to be free to govern or misgovern yourself than to be governed by anybody else” Kwame Nkrumah
“Capitalism is a development by refinement from feudalism, just as feudalism is a development by refinement from slavery . Capitalism is but the gentlemen’s method of slavery” Kwame Nkrumah quotes
“All people of African descent, whether they live in North or South America, the Caribbean, or in any part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation” Kwame Nkrumah quotes
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