Black & White Thinking
I posed this question on Twitter a few days ago:
Wondering why many of us think there are only 2 ways to do things. The right way and the wrong way. When has anything ever been that simple?
photo credit: Kyle May
The Reason I Asked It
I asked this because I was tired of the drone of experts on Twitter. Don’t get me wrong, the medium has great value to meet interesting people but unfortunately your tweet stream can often be full of people pimping their ideas. And their common strategy to garner attention and business is to spout a black or white advice.
My Thoughts on the Polarization of Everything
This, in essence, is what makes Cultural Creatives different from the other culture groups. Unlike Modern or Traditional mindsets, we are conscious that nothing in life is black and white. We see that the world and everything that occurs on it as part of one big system. Everything relates to everything.
There is no right or wrong way, there is only what is true for the individual or business. There are no supposed to’s. Our decisions and recommendations, whether in business or life, are based upon the context of the environment, not upon what was predetermined to be the right way. We are the true strategic thinkers.
The Natural Way the World Works
Cultural Creatives ask five questions to create solutions:
- Where do we want to be? (i.e., our ends, outcomes, purposes, goals, holistic vision)
- How will we know when we get there? (i.e., the customers’ needs and wants connected into a quantifiable feedback system)
- Where are we now? (i.e., today’s issues and problems)
- How do we get there? (i.e., close the gap from C to A in a complete holistic way)
- What will/may change in your environment in the future?
This way of thinking has been called many names:
- strategic thinking
- critical thinking
- solutions thinking
- integrative thinking
- future and forward thinking
- holistic thinking
- conscious thinking
- longer-term thinking
- high-level thinking
But at its essence, this form of thinking can be boiled down into a science, The Science of Systems Thinking. Systems thinking is a new orientation to thought and the future of business.
Your Thoughts on the Polarization of Everything
Why do you think so many people find it easier to reduce the world into black and white? Right and wrong?