Application: Thinking in Different Ways
As a manager, it’s not enough to understand your own
thinking; you must be aware of the thinking of others as well.
Just as people have unique personalities, so too do they think
in different ways. Just as you must understand a colleague’s
personality in order to work with him, you must understand his
way of thinking in order to lead him. Failing to do so can render
you incapable of inspiring, and thus unable to affect
After reading this week’s assigned articles, consider how
having an understanding of different models of thinking can
make you a more effective manager. With that thought in mind,
review the following three articles and answer the questions
associated with each (1–2 paragraphs per answer):
o Review Figure 1 in the Hermann article (located in
Day 5 of this week). When working within your
profession, which quadrant do you feel that you most
often operate in? Why? What could you do to train
yourself to think in another quadrant?
o After reviewing the intellectual standards on page 8 of
the Analytic Thinking pamphlet, consider recent
decisions you’ve made and why you made them.
Which elements do you find to be evident in your
decision making? Which elements could you have
used to make your decision even stronger? How could
you go about improving your skills in these areas?
o After reviewing the information on multiple
intelligences, search for and complete an online self-
test on multiple intelligences. What were your
strengths and weaknesses? What are your thoughts
on this approach to learning and thinking?
To view the grading criteria for this Assignment, refer to the
Week 1 Application Rubric, which is located in the Course
Information area of the course navigation menu.
Submit your Assignment by Day 7.
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o Save your Assignment as a “.doc” file with the
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o To upload your Assignment, click on Assignments on
the course navigation menu, and then click the
“Assignment Turnitin – Week 1” link.
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