“How did they get so smart? Their intellectual powers were developed by a medium that fostered abstract thought”. – Neil Postman
Abstract thought allows us to think of things that, if followed through and actualised, often result in innovations and actions that are beneficial to many. Abstract thinking allows us to journey out of the present moment as in here and now. Abstract thinking is like tapping into a repository of ideas that you can implement for your betterment. A person thinks of doing or making something that is not present. A lot of innovations are products of abstract thinking.
On a corporate level, abstract thinking can give rise to prudent strategic planning, implementation and increased customer satisfaction of your products and services. Abstract thinking can give to realities of value addition to your products and services. Organisations and leaders often talk about their vision for the future. It is that abstract thinking that is translated into reality in due course, and when successful, the benefits are trans-boundary. In such circumstances, it can therefore be said that the organisation’s or leader’s success is attributed to abstract thinking.
On an individual level, you can use abstract thinking to foster good business ideas and good leadership. Let me make reference to a commonly used old saying: “You need speculate to accumulate”. The speculation aspect is abstract thinking action. Individuals who are experiencing stagnation and not making good progress in achieving their desired goals have a course of action that they could take.
Exploration of abstract thinking can bring about relief from such confining and repulsive situations. I was once in a situation that did not foster progress; in fact it subverted developmental thoughts and ideas. I now celebrate my new found freedom to put my skills and abilities to good use; for the benefit of myself and others.
One of the greetings often used in churches at the end of the service is: “May peace be with you”. The Islamic greeting: “Asalaam alaykum” has the same meaning: “Peace be with you”. Indeed, this is a very true assertion; I believe that when you are at peace, you can be more innovative; be it in leadership or business.
I wish you well.