that make a difference are big thinkers.
They know that seeing things others can't see is not only a
quality of leadership, it is a responsibility.
Being a big thinker means being part pragmatist and part mystic.
This talent is not as rare as you might think, it's as much an attitude
as it is an aptitude. Your big thinking lets you see people, places, and
things better and bigger than they see themselves.
As a visionary leader you'll find beauty were others do not,
you'll seek opportunity were others find only problems and you'll see
answers where others haven't yet recognized the questions.
Imagination, Faith and Vision.
and imagination are abilities distinct from the capacity to acquire
knowledge. Albert Einstein said that imagination is "something more
important than knowledge" To enhance big thinking and productive
innovation give yourself permission to let your imagination flow.
Don't reject any idea immediately or automatically. The most
creative leaders allow their minds to give all possibilities an equal
is the story of the kindergarten teacher who ask a child what she is
drawing "I'm drawing a picture of God," the child replies.
"But, sweetheart," says the teacher, "no one knows
what God looks like." "They
will in a minute!" Says
the child. That is thinking big.
leaders possess similar child like faith.
Not a childish faith which lacks maturity and understanding but,
a belief in themselves and others.
you are a big thinker you have faith in your own God given skills,
talents, and abilities. More
importantly you have a faith in and a desire for others to do well, to
make a contribution and to have a meaningful life. Your faith in them
can make a world of difference in how they perform because your faith
acts as a catalyst to their courage.
in its most exalted form reaches even beyond the limits of imagination.
It is "a waking dream" said Longfellow. Vision is
"the art of seeing things invisible" said Jonathan Swift.
Making a difference often means seeing invisible challenges.
circumstances keep people from developing and achieving, a big thinker
becomes a leader who points out a new direction.
People will follow when your vision inspires them and adds
meaning to their lives. The
leader who has a goal and works to achieve that goal helps people see
past just today.
vision of the future greatly influences human behavior by anticipating
needs, expressing concerns and identifying common goals.
You can motivate people and give them something to aim for beyond
their own interests. When
you do, your big thinking can help them to help others make a
are five specific strategies to help you take your creativity,
imagination, faith and vision and turn them into reality?
1. Check your assumptions and expectations periodically
Develop and defined your personal philosophy
Challenge tradition and the prevailing wisdom
Nurture curiosity, both in yourself and others
Look for simplicity, whenever possible
Beyond the Conceivable
are millions of ideas waiting to be discovered and acted on by big
thinkers. Eden Phillpotts
said, "the universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for
our wits to grow sharper". Just one new idea could change the
world. So Think Big.
world needs your ideas an your idealism.
We have negative narrow thinking in abundance, and more than
enough cynics. Now we need
people who can look for the brave and the beautiful were others seeing
nothing. We need big thinkers to nourish the imagination of others and
help them to expand their own creative powers.
world is changing so fast and the amount of information we must
assimilate daily has increased so tremendously that leaders must see
beyond the present and the obvious.
We must have high expectations for what is ahead, projecting
others and ourselves into a positive future scenario.
big, developing your philosophy, your mission and having a vision, is
more than a major responsibility of today's leaders, it is a biblical
injunction: "where there is no vision, the people parish." (Proverbs