Divergent Thinking (PPD)

Personal & Professional Development

 

Topic:Divergent Thinking

Current State of Affairs

Our ability to think divergently is sadly suppressed in our current society.  Antiquated institutions such as our public schools focus more on outward faced learning instead of inward.  It’s more likely that people have experienced convergent thinking, rather than divergent thinking, in their personal and professional lives. Most people are more conservative and are solution-based. They might feel that allowing for divergent thinking is a luxury; time is money and divergent thinking is just not worth the investment. This is limiting and lacking mindset for optimum solutions.

This limited mindset is keeping people from thriving.  People that don’t think creatively or forward are no going to advance. We do live in a time of speedy changes, technological disruptions, interconnectivity and diverse workforces. All of that, however, calls for a new way of being able to look at things and think of ways to progress. That’s where divergent thinking comes in. It’s inherently creative and often innovative. That’s worth the investment.  The best thing you can invest is yourself.  Particularly, coming up with new ways to think.  Thinking should not be a one-way street. Being able to look at problems from a multitude of angles highly increased you probability for desired outcomes.

 

The ideal scenario

Divergent thinkers possess a valuable skillset that allows them to do the following

Know how to get unstuck- When you have a limited approach to problem solving you will often hit road blocks and dead ends.  You may have the tendency to quit to soon.  Divergent thinkers are not afraid to ask creative and sometimes “odd” questions about approaches to solve problems.  Getting yourself unstuck is critical for personal development and growth potential.  Far too often people with just “settle” for where they are in life because they don’t see any other options.

Being able to think divergently allows you to continually to see opportunities, ask questions, take chances and be innovative and creative in your own growth.

Solve problems creatively – We hear the term “think outside the box’ all of the time.  However, people who are not divergent thinkers may really struggle with this.  Having the ability to solve problems quickly and creatively is like a super power.  Here is an example of how divergent thinking (outside the box) works.

If someone asked a non-divergent thinker to name how many different ways you can use a paper clip.  They might come up with 10 answers.

If you asked the same question to a divergent thinker, they would first have questions back. Such as “How big is the paper clip?” “Is it made out of metal or could it be rubber?” “Can it be 8 feet tall?”

These questions may seem silly but the are not confound by the normal vision and usage of a paper clip.  And they might even figure out a better way to make better paper so they have more uses.

Challenge status quo – Divergent thinkers get bored easily with the status quo.  They know that status quo only means something is average at best. They are always thinking about ways to make things, processes, procedures BETTER.  Divergent thinkers don’t follow trends.  They create them.  They are often times the leaders in new industries, innovators that create revolutionary products and make a BIG impact on the world.

Be innovative – Divergent thinkers love to innovate.  Bring them any problem that might be difficult to solve and let them pick it apart. The ability to see things from a perspective that others may miss is critical to problem solving.  Too often people are shaped by pre-existing perceptions of how things are “supposed to be”.  Not divergent thinkers.  They like to see how things could or should be without limiting the imagination.  It may not also solve the problem but it almost always provides useful and valuable insights to enhance or streamline options.

 

Boost solves this by

Boost training helps develop divergent thinking by creating a learning environment that facilitates strategies, techniques and activities to stimulate divergent thinking.  You can’t just read a book and expect it to improve your divergent thinking.  It takes training and new routines.  Boost provides you with all the tools you need to start tapping into this secret skill set.  Here are a couple ways Boost training goes about it:

Tap into right brain hemisphere– Boost provides learning activities and techniques that tap into your right brain hemisphere. The right brain hemisphere is responsible for creativity.  This is where you tap into your imagination, insight and self-awareness.

Most trainings out there focus on the left hemisphere.  This side is more responsible for logic, rational thinking, numbers, science and math.

Both sides are critical for optimum performance.  Boost training provides the skills and activities to let the right brain “work-out” and strengthen because we live in a society that is mostly left brain dominant.

By utilizing our mindfulness, emotional intelligence and cognitive fitness learning system you will be able to access and strengthen your right brain you will become better at deviating from “standard” problem solving strategies.  People with this skillset are very valuable to organizations for their ability to see opportunities where others might not.

Training for visualization – If you can create a picture of something in your mind the likelihood of it happening increases exponentially.  Now, this goes both ways with positive and negative images.  Learning how to paint pictures in your mind is often much more powerful than just using “words”.  Boost training will help you learn more about visualization techniques that are focused on positive outcomes.  This is just one of the many ways you can start to enhance and unlock the power of your mind to accomplish big goals in your life!

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