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Part IV: Putting Plans into Action > Translating Your Thinking into Action

Chapter 21. Translating Your Thinking into Action

Create an action plan for the central issue you identified in the introduction. Use the following questions as a springboard.

1: Identify the work or personal issue you want to clarify.

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2: What is the larger system of which this issue is one component part?

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3: What are one or more incremental refinements that would improve the system in which your issue is currently embedded? Are these adequate? For how long?

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4: What is a radical new approach that would transform the current system? Whether a problem or an opportunity, transforming the current system will open fresh resolution possibilities.

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5: How will you keep yourself and others from converging too quickly on a resolution option?

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6: How will you think about your issue in ways that will engage both your mental and emotional intelligence?

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7: How will you stimulate and bring into focus your capacity for creative thinking? Consider a constraint, “what if” questions, dialectic thinking, dramatization, and reframing.

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8: If you gave your intuition—or gut reaction—a voice, what inner wisdom would it reveal to you about your issue?

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9: Which type of reasoning fits your issue and situation—inductive or deductive? Why?

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10: How can you facilitate thinking productively with others about your issue? Start by identifying who else should be involved.

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11: As you develop a proposal to implement your action plan, how well does it align when viewed through the six value lenses—technical, economic, political, legal-ethical, social-psychological, environmental?

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12: Which of the four decision-making strategies—unilateral, bargaining, deciding-by rule, collaboration—is appropriate for resolving your issue? In what way?

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