Transformational thinking is a creative process of making new things. It is approaching issues from an extra ordinary point of view. Transformation needs you to think about things not as they are, but as they should be, may be, or could be. This kind of thinking creates a chance to make things anew.
James Allen says, “As a man thinketh so is he”. Transformation thinkers understand that thoughts make the situation. “If you think you can, or think you can’t you are both right”, said Henry Ford. Nelson Mandela noted, “It is only impossible until it is done”. Gandhi says one should strive to “be the change you want to see”. Transformation thinkers exercise the power of thought over situations and then get down to the business of creating that outcome. The book of Romans talks about, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.To develop transformation thinking, one needs to grow their thought process form linear thinking (one thing at a time), to parallel thinking, able to oversee two or more things happening at the same time. Lateral thinkers are able to integrate activities that may seem to be in conflict to achieve a goal. This is the ideal level of thinking needed to solve problems. Strategic thinkers are not boxed in by paradigms. They think outside the box. Transformation thinkers think without a box.
Allan Bukusi is the author of How To Lead Corporate Transformation