Sometimes we think we need to fight through a problem or an issue
Sometimes we are almost compelled to ‘not be swayed’ by the thoughts of others
Sometimes we are not able to see the value of the thinking of others
We need to get good at arriving at ‘thought through’ not ‘fought through’ outcomes
Adults who think interdependently are willing to connect with others while sorting out and developing their own individual thinking. They are willing to be effected by the thinking of others as their own thinking takes form. To think interdependently, one must to engage, directly or indirectly, with others who are sharing and/or developing their thinking while your own thinking is emerging and forming. Thinking interdependently, at it’s best, is a process and a developmental journey not an event.
Reflecting on a career of formal and informal experiences in working with adults has humbled me. Thinking interdependently competes with many existing thinking habits that are ingrained in to behavior of adults. The challenges that adults face in today’s world may benefit from people who are willing to think interdependently in interest of serving the common good.
Instead of looking for saviors,
we should be calling for leadership that will challenge us
to face problems for which there are no
painless solutions –
problems that require us to learn new ways.
~ Ronald Heifetz
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