What: Take this 6 question assessment to better understand your natural thinking style.
Why: Your and your staff's thriving at work partially depends on how naturally each fits with their work roles.
Have you ever found yourself quickly frustrated or bored with tasks that others on your team seem to thrive on? Have you considered that you might be hard-wired to perceive and organize the world a certain way, and that operating outside of that "thinking wavelength" might prevent you from bringing your best contribution to the table?
I was at a pivotal point in my life back in 2013 when I paid $2.4k to spend two days with a leadership coach who introduced me to the simple six question tool below (which I've put into a free 6-question online calculator here). Described by Peter Drucker as being, “the greatest process thinker in the world,” Tom Peterson is the strategist who created the following Thinking Wavelength Assessment.
Tom believes people cannot change their thinking wavelength, regardless of the amount of training they receive, and so its best to position yourselves for jobs that align with your natural thinking wavelength range. When we operate outside our natural wavelength, we experience stress and internal discomfort, and easily become frustrated or bored (e.g., a natural abstract thinker working a job where she continually deals with a lot of details).
To help you understand a little more about the way you think, here are some descriptions about the five different Thinking Wavelengths from Tom's book The Life You Were Meant to Live.
So what can you actually do with this information? Here are two ideas to get you started.
Although you might be helped as I was by working with a coach who can leverage this tool as part of a larger portfolio of self-leadership exercises, I think this tool can be helpful simply for self-reflection so I've shared it above. As Tom puts it in in his book, "If your thinking wavelength and your current job description do not match up, start planning for a change in job. You can change your job. You can’t change the way you think."
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