The best managers teach their team how to think strategically. Here's how to build culture of good decision-making and thoughtful debate.
I used to be a bit frustrated when my manager asked me to write down my ideas, but now I get it. Writing clearly, is thinking clearly. I often have lots of 'good' ideas until they hit the paper. I've learnt that great ideas are worthless if not implemented in the proper context which requires rigorous thinking.
When applied to meetings in the workplace, this approach saves time for everyone - and also makes for happy managers
For a report to develop this skill of rigorous thinking is it just asking those 4/5 questions to vet your idea or more than that . How do you get better at this skill ? Is it just the habit of asking these questions every time ?
The post I needed right now. ✅️ This is who I want to be as a leader but where I often fall flat on my face because time/energy/pressure to get **it done. But you are 100% right: the upfront work pays off every time.
taking time to improve the decision making of those around you makes your life better ;-)
Love this ! It’s very to the point
Really well articulated article 👏
I can relate to most of the points there. Having managers that talk too much and not giving a chance to anyone else in the room to think and explore ideas has lead to slow and intangible team decisions based sloley in one person.
Rigorous thinking strategies that is described on this article feels like it's speaking up for what's in employees (like myself mind) for what they long for in a manager's behaviour.
Thank you for speaking about this Wes 😊
When I read Wes' questions posed at 'Part III: Questions to promote rigorous thinking' they immediately appeared to me to be the business application of Rudyard Kipling's 'Six Honest Serving Men': Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. (5WH) https://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poem/poems_serving.htm
My 5 key takeaways on why managers & leaders ought to build cultures of "rigorous thinking":
· Promotes learning
· Counterintuitively, saves time
· Allows you to turn yellow spots into the sun
· Helps you avoid decision fatigue and get better results
· Fosters a spirit of entrepreneurialism and ownership among your team
All of these things are win-win dynamics for you and your team members.
Having seen the power of this in action from freelancing with Maven last year, this is a brilliant article to refer back to as you work on building said culture.
This is concise and valuable, not only for businesses but managing self as well. It reminds me of being pro active than reactive. Being rigorous in this context is being more investigative alert and observant. Manage well, leaders. ❤️
Any ideas about how to facilitate rigorous thinking in others?