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Thinking, thought, execution – the path to breakthroughs

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Thinking, thought and execution are not just vital in operating a business.

They also are critical in leading to breakthroughs from visionaries – those who visualize a new idea or new way to do business.

Think Edison, da Vinci, Bell and Einstein – the people who changed our lives for the good.

They all got there by way of thinking, thought and execution.

THINKING

Thinking is an ongoing process. It’s who we say we are and are not; it provides a sense of self-identity.

Additionally, it is being present to and consistent with our values and commitments, and it supports operating in alignment with those values and commitments. This is using one’s mind to consider or comprehend something.

It’s amazing that we are thinking, reasoning, deciding about something as many as 24 hours a day.

Much of this is done automatically and unconsciously. Thinking allows humans to make sense of, interpret, represent or model the world we experience and to make decisions. It is therefore essential for someone with objectives and goals to make plans or attempts to accomplish them.

THOUGHT

Thought can refer to the ideas or arrangements of ideas that result from thinking – the act of and the process for producing thoughts.

Although thought is a fundamental process familiar to everyone, there is no generally accepted agreement as to what thought is or how it is created.

Thoughts may or may not arise in the mind as the product of subconscious brain activity.

EXECUTION

Execution is getting things done, activities such as logic, thought and analysis to achieve an outcome.

This is an intellectual pursuit of intuitive or counterintuitive reasoning which deals with the laws of probability. It can be imprecise and ambiguous yet may provide access to clarifying the unseen or improbable.

This is a vast and complicated yet essential domain for breakthrough discovery.

Unquestionably, execution is extremely challenging, and yet it is inescapable to realize a conclusion.

FIRST, A DECLARATION

Most business breakthroughs come from visionaries who have an idea that there is another way to resolve a problem or state of inertia.

This often starts with an assertion that there is a more effective way to do things.

Recall how business was done just a few decades ago.

Life was good and things were fine. There were no email, internet, mobile marketing, telecommuting or smartphones.

SUSPENDING REASON

Today, we have instant communication, huge amounts of information move through email and the internet, and powerful tools are in the hands of owners and employees.

Technology has improved operations at companies of all sizes and helped turn small, local businesses into global businesses.

Could you now imagine life without these tools?

These breakthroughs are the result of visionary thinkers – futuristic thinkers willing to suspend reason for unthinkable ideas, which frequently are initially questioned or rejected.

TEAM ENDEAVOR

Some descriptive traits of these contributors are committed, studious, curious, imaginers who have developed an ability to visualize the unrealistic for unimaginable potential.

These talented people create apparatuses and services that become our irreplaceable tools of livelihood.

Rarely is this a lone individual with all these talents. More frequently, these qualities emerge and are manifested within a team of people.

Notably, they’re not only focused on the creation of visionary possibilities, but more significantly, it’s the execution of a vision that brings a new creation into a reality.

ENVIRONMENT OF INNOVATION

Numerous visionaries have profoundly contributed to our quality of life, including leaders or former leaders of present-day organizations such as Steve Jobs at Apple, Bill Gates at Microsoft and Jeff Bezos at Amazon.

These visionaries looked at existing circumstances and saw something else was possible, creating an environment of innovation and breakthrough that has become the new business-as-usual.

Jon Craighead, president of Craighead Associates LLC (www.craigheadassociates.com) of Pocono Pines, has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant, working with senior executives in Fortune 100 corporations to sole proprietorships. Serving the Poconos and northeastern Pennsylvania, he can be reached at jon@craigheadassociates.com.

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