Cognitive adeptness spans across various domains of cognitive psychology, including but not limited to learning, thinking, reasoning, and understanding. One’s ability to learn, think, reason, and understand is integral to one’s effectiveness as a leader. Consider the following questions and how each relates to cognitive adeptness: How well do leaders comprehend, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate? How easily do they manage tensions between data and concepts, details and the big picture, and congruence and divergence? How effectively do they manage complexity, paradox, and ambiguity? Can they see the whole system? By what means and processes do they solve problems and make decisions? This week, you will consider two of the many areas of cognitive adeptness important to leadership, thinking and making sense of ambiguous situations.
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
• Distinguish various types of thinking
• Justify the uses of various types of thinking
• Evaluate and justify different types of sense making
• Analyze cognitive skills required for different types of sense making
Discussion – Week 7
Problems, tasks, and decisions vary in complexity, thus necessitating different kinds of thinking. For example, a brainstorming session may require a different way of thinking than a weekly meeting may require. Knowing when to use each type of thinking and transitioning smoothly from one type of thinking to another are key elements in cognitive adeptness.
To prepare for this Discussion:
• Review the course media “Leadership Competency: Cognitive Adeptness” and the article “Vertical Versus Lateral Thinking.” Pay particular attention to various types of thinking and when each is used.
• Select two types of thinking and consider how they differ.
• Think about specific examples in which it might be appropriate to use the types of thinking you selected. (Note: Please do not use examples that are presented in the course media or article.)
With these thoughts in mind:
Write a brief description of two types of thinking. Then explain the differences between the types of thinking you described. Finally, provide specific examples of situations in which each type of thinking might be appropriate to use and explain why.
Note: Identify the two types of thinking you selected in the first line of your post. You will be asked to respond to a colleague who selected at least one type of thinking that you did not. Please do not use examples that are presented in the course media or article.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
Read your colleagues’ postings.
This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of this week’s assigned Learning Resources. To access select media resources, please use the streaming media player below.
• Article: Hernandez, J. S., & Varkey, P. (2008). Vertical versus lateral thinking. Physician Executive, 34(3), 26-28.
Use the Business Source Premier database, and search using the article’s Accession Number: 31961952
• Article: Maitlis, S. (2005). The social processes of organizational sensemaking. Academy of Management Journal, 48(1), 21-49.
Use the Business Source Premier database, and search using the article’s Accession Number: 15993111
• Article: Weick, K. E., Sutcliffe, K. M., & Obstfeld, D. (2005). Organizing and the process of sense making. Organization Science, 16(4), 409-421.
Use the Business Source Premier database, and search using the article’s Accession Number: 18314473