For the first time today, I realized that one question I NEVER asked in career decision-making groups was: "What environments would maximize your thinking styles?"
Context: NETFLIX Documentary: "Inside Bill's Brain"
invited me to a great hour of spontaneous ideas about numerous topics, and I settled on the topic of 'divergent thinking style' which led to comparisons of 'divergent' and/or 'convergent' thinking styles.
Some ah-ha moments were:
- when I re-heard in my thoughts a sister who often advised that she and I were like oil and water (and I would cringe once again). I'm pretty sure my divergent was confusing her convergent -- and yet she so graciously offers an occasion to just relax into a conversation and let it have its own way (my way) <smile?>
- when a family member expresses frustration with my idea-hop, or topic-hop in our telephone conversations. I'm pretty sure my divergent was confusing his convergent
- when I realize my best work aligns with skills needed and the percentage of time I will draw from those: Ideas 50%, Information 25%, People 20% and Things 5%.
- when I evaluated, during my full-time UFV Bachelor's Degree studies (1995-1998) my thinking style as divergent. My semester-end illustration of 'Adult Learning' (mapping out my learning diversions throughout my research) was awesome to me. My paper was labelled a 'thesis' in jest and I was reminded that it was only ONE COURSE with 3-credits and a grade; just ONE COURSE. But for me, this was an invitation to play in a sandbox that I came to discover was one of the bestest sandboxes in the world. Where in the world of work are their organizations that foster outcomes and results based on a divergent thinking style. (The Bill & Miranda Gates Foundation?)
The Dept of Adult Education did not measure learning according to what I could cram and memorize, nor would I have to navigate yet another multiple-choice exam (which is brutal to a divergent thinking style). Instead, we could discuss the learning objectives of the course alongside a list of 'the evidence' we would present at the end of the course. We could use art displays, drawings, interviews, report-writing, doodles, etc. What an absolute thrill!
Sigh. That was such a great flush to take the time to write, and be public about it.