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Thinking About Thinking: the 3 keys to get beyond either/or thinking

Do we ever think about what we think, why we think that way or how we can think better? That would require a lot of thinking about thinking but it is so important that we make time and space to do this. In times of change and with increased pressure on resources and time, the importance of thinking clearly, critically, and creatively has huge implications.  With our leaders, newscasts and modern social discourse increasingly becoming split into the two groups of those who are “right” and those who are “wrong”, we have to learn to consciously challenge this “either/or” thinking, and try to become comfortable with  the nuances, the grey  areas and the unknown.   Simply put, the better we think the better we can perform and the better our relationships can be at work and in life. Bill will share the 3 keys that work for him.

Questions Explored: 

  1. Why so we need to get beyond either/or and the error of polarity in our world and how do we go about doing that?
  2. What is the most effective way to understand how our mind works?
  3. What are some of the cognitive biases that work against clear non-binary thinking?
  4. Why do we repeat mistakes?
  5. How can we make our imaginations work for us?
  6. What questions should we be exploring together right now, right here?


  1. A new way of seeing the flow that is the river of our experience.
  2. A better understanding of how our thinking process works and how we can use this understanding as we move forward. 
  3. A more effective way of communicating with ourselves and with others about what we think and why.
  4. We will learn how to craft skillful, useful, effective questions that connect us and celebrate those connections. 
  5. We will see how to think about change and learn to be change agents and not change victims.
  6. We will move from either/Or to broader ways of thinking on a continuum of considerations during times of change. 
  7. A deep understanding of the three keys to get beyond either/or thinking;  understanding your mind, knowing your bubble, and how to ask critical wise questions.
  8. Planning effective cold thinking for hot thinking moments
  9. We will think about thinking more intentionally more often and more effectively.