This free e-book Thinking Skills by Eric Garner, downloadable at bookboon.com cover all kinds of thinking skills and will make you see that your brain is the most powerful organ you possess. It is the tool that, if used skillfully, can help you perform better in your job, better in your team and better in your organization. By developing your thinking skills to meet the needs of the modern world, you are guaranteed to succeed.
The theme of Diplocalendar 2013 was inspired by Mark Twain’s quotation that: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them”.
Diplomats, like many other professionals, must read, understand, synthesise and make sense of newspapers, magazines, emails, official reports and so many other things related to their daily work. But there is so much else to read both for pleasure and to deepen our knowledge.
The selected book suggested for the month of March that supports professional development and is relevant to management in diplomacy is Edward De Bono’s Thinking Course
If you want to reach your goals it is necessary to formulate a strategy. You need a top-level overview of your organization to do your best and motivate your team.
In this book, Dr. Chris Peterson, Professor at Michigan State University, provides a list of what he calls the six P’s of thinking strategically:
1. Plan – action that you have consciously intended
2. Ploy – What you will do to out-do the competition
3. Pattern – Establishing success as a consistent event over time
4. Position – Creating and holding a market presence
5. Purpose – Direction as a collective group
6. Push – Goals that stretch the organization – push them outside the existing comfort zone of performance
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