Friday, January 29, 2016

5 steps to better implement your thoughts

Jason Murphy,
Director of Family Services,
Sunset Funeral Home
Recently, I began reading, “Thinking for a change,” by John Maxwell, which is an inspiring book based on the simple premise of first thinking well in order to do well in life. I have found his concepts to be very fitting to those in a leadership role. At times, we have thoughts or ideas that would benefit our companies, but we don't pursue them because of our busy schedules. But, by following Maxwell's five-step process, I believe we can productively develop our thoughts and implement them into our organizations without wasting time and resources.

The five main steps to this process that Maxwell discusses are:
  1. Find a place to think your thoughts. Whether it’s in your car, on an airplane or in a quiet room, finding a place to think is very important. Maxwell states, “I often get thoughts because I make it a habit to frequently go to my thinking places. If you want to consistently generate good ideas, you need to do the same thing.”
  2. Find a place to shape your thoughts. Rarely do ideas come fully formed and completely worked out. Most of the time, they need to be shaped until they have substance. While you are shaping your thoughts, you need to ask lots of question. This way you gain perspective on your own ideas and begin thinking deeper. 
  3. Find a place to stretch your thoughts. This stage follows a basic formula to successfully stretch your thoughts. “The right thought plus the right people in the right environment at the right time for the right reason = the right result.” 
  4. Find a place to land your thoughts. In order to properly apply your thought, you need to decide who the key players are and who it will affect the most. Landing your thoughts with the influencers of your organization will only increase your influence.
  5. Find a place to fly your thoughts. Give plans the right amount of thinking time and you’ll find that the implementation time decreases and the results are better. Maxwell states, “Your thinking time is like the runway of an airport.  Just as larger planes need a longer runway to fly, big ideas need a long runway of thinking to get launched.” 

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