Great Thinkers – Great Minds

I recently met someone who told me that one of his qualities was that he was a great thinker. As I listened to him talk I confirmed that he truly was. A thinker is defined as one who thinks; especially and chiefly, one who thinks in a particular manner; as, a close thinker; a deep thinker; a coherent thinker. A great thinker, in my mind, is someone who has this as part of their “DNA” i.e. everything they do and every interaction they have involves great thinking. Examples of thinking skills include: strategic thinking, web thinking, critical thinking, creative and innovative thinking.

There have been many who have been identified as great thinkers including: philosophers such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Rousseau, Voltaire, Kant, Foucault, Locke, Machiavelli, Sartre, Proust, Beauvoir, Fayol, Confucius; scientist & inventors such as Faraday, Marie Curie, Einstein, Copernicus, Edison, Newton; writers & authors such as  Shakespeare, Milton, Goethe, Woolf, Maupassant, Tolstoy;  explorers & pioneers such as J. Cook, Lindbergh; composers – Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert; artists such as van Gogh, Matisse, Goya; innovators such as  Da Vinci, Freud, Jung; historians & teachers such as Boulanger, Montessori; impresario such as  Sergei Diaghilev, Cousteau; business & management gurus such as Drucker, Fayol; and world leaders.

With the recent passing of Steve Jobs, another great thinker, and my experience of workplaces, I question how many living great thinkers there are today. Thinking in itself seems to be lacking in workplaces today.

Reflection: If you are a great thinker, how are you contributing your “thinking” skills to make the world a better place? If you don’t think that you are, how might you improve your “thinking” skills?

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