Future-Present Thinking: The Leader2018-10-12T13:24:19+00:00

FUTUREPRESENT

Welcome Leader

. . . this is your story

You discover what’s possible and lead the way.

Your unique point of view is formed by your blend of the three foundational priorities of mind: Past (Certainty), Present (Probability), and Future (Possibility). The result of this blending of priorities is your thinking style and it defines the value you bring to every aspect of your life. It is what motivates you and it shapes your personality. It is also at the root of most of our differences in the way we each think.

Your way of thinking moves things from idea to result. A lot of this, you’ve probably realized, has to do with how you manage your time and which ideas you use to reach your goals. Things change, new ideas emerge, better ways of getting things done are discovered, you are constantly mindful of making sure that you can pull it all off. So many possibilities, so little time. The key word is focus. You are a master at managing chaos; focus is your ace card.

You will always blend Possibility with Probability managing new challenges while keeping up with the practical aspects of day-to-day life. Use this ability as your foundation and align your efforts with what you do so well.

As a Leader, you have
  • More ideas and possibilities than you have time to finish
  • A need for change and novelty; the mundane bores you quickly although you hate to not finish what you start
  • An aptitude for tackling impossible problems and challenges and delivering concrete results
  • A resonance with things that are innovative and practical
  • A talent for pulling the rabbit out of the hat at the last moment
  • A need for new and exciting things that add value to your life

Maximize Your Strengths

See future opportunities and use all of your planning and structuring skills to take advantage of them.

  • Do let your intuition guide you and follow up your inspiration with practical skills.
  • Do as much creating as you can. The more you create, the better you feel. And don’t just create in your mind: make it a reality!

Growth Opportunities

Reflect on the past, uphold tradition, and take the time to gather and analyze detailed information to have facts backing up what you’re doing.

  • Don’t get into a position where you need to study endlessly it’s not something you naturally take to.
  • Don’t let anyone use facts and statistics against you. If you need to, go get your own facts or statistics to support your claims.

IN FLOW

How you are in the world

Here’s an image for you: while a rodent scurries along an established path to get where it’s going, you can fly. When you let go of your irrational fears of failure and your sensitivity to other’s judgment, you can really soar. But while you’ve got an endless stretch of sky you can use, you usually choose to fly close to that same path the rodent is bound to.

Does that make sense? What we’re saying is that your flow is capable of a larger freedom you choose not to take. For you, flowing is about following that path. It may not be followed as closely as other people need to follow paths, but you always try to keep it in sight.

This is because you need to keep a flow going to feel comfortable with who you are and what you’re doing. You flow by having a goal in mind and you know that keeping fairly close to that path will help you eventually get to that goal. Your flow can be disrupted by events without you falling apart, but if you can’t see that path for too long you’ll start to feel lost.

What do we mean by your “flow”? We’re talking about the way you move through life. You work intuitively, with a good sense of what’s going on. You have a confidence in your skills and you know that when everything’s flowing, you’re capable of amazing things. Challenges actually help keep you flowing, since you’re someone who feels comfortable in constant motion.

Your flow can be interrupted by not being able to stick with your plan, or being forced into the details that mean you lose sight of the big picture. You know when your flow is interrupted because you feel like you’re treading water rather than sailing.

WISDOM

What you bring to the world

Stupid is as stupid does. How often have you cringed watching people around you make the dumbest decisions? While intelligence is about cramming your head with useful or useless information, you see wisdom as something much more organic. It’s a collection of intelligence, experience, inventiveness, adaptability, logic and imagination. It’s something that marks us as humans, something a computer will never be able to do.

You didn’t learn this kind of wisdom from sitting around and reading books. While you might recognise that books have some value in the world, you’re the kind of person who learns from going out and doing something. You have a wisdom learned from taking life by the horns. It’s a hands-on kind of wisdom, down in the trenches, dealing with real situations rather than those dreamed up and printed on a page.

People respect your down-to-earth wisdom. Do friends come to you for practical advice? This is because you play the hands you’re dealt and are great at landing on your feet. You’ve got the wisdom of a survivor, a savvy and sharp sense for what needs to get done and what will work.

Sure your wisdom is cumulative, but it doesn’t generally rely on past information. You’re wise enough to realise that in this ever-changing world, new ideas and rules need to be made to deal with every new situation.

Your wisdom is about adaptability – how can you shift what’s happening now to accommodate these new changes. This is the way you use your wisdom—to see things as an organic whole and take in all possibilities before sharing your thoughts. It’s a good plan and as long as you remember to be as fair and impartial as you can, it says great things about your wisdom.

PERCEPTION

How you see the world

What is truth? In your heart you know that truth is flexible. You look for truth to help you shape your path, but you don’t hinge all your success and happiness on it. Why not? Because you know that truth is soft rather than solid. It’s a complex tapestry of various shades and patterns. This malleable view of truth is the by-product of your practical street-wise training. Truth is a melting pot of everything, including emotions and other intangibles, rather than just the cold, hard facts.

Cold hard facts! What are they? Cold hard facts and $5 will buy you a café latte, but that’s about it. You’ve got an organic approach to what is true. Does it fit with what you want? Does it help grease the wheels of your tightly constructed plans? Then that’s as much truth as you need to get the job done. Since you thrive on ideas and goals, truth becomes a tool to help you get where you’re going rather than something you worship for its purity.

Since you have a more flexible view of the truth, you’re more open to interpretation. This is a great way to keep the flow going, but have you missed the point? You are always able to interpret the facts to suit your needs, moulding the truth to be what it is you need. But remember that the judge is the adjudicator. He or she is the one to take our emotional interpretations and find the absolute truth in it. Why is that so important? Well, if we have some undeniable truths that apply to everyone, there’s a sense of broad fairness, rather than the fairness you subscribe to, which is often focused on yourself or those you care most about.

IN RELATIONSHIP

The Leader brings ideas and planning

We all have relationships, they’re a natural and important part of most people’s lives. Why is it that even in our most intimate and important relationships we struggle, at times, to make things work, to understand each other, to see eye-to-eye? The simple fact is that we do not think the same way. We each bring our own point of view and use that to further what is important to us in the moment, whether it be in our private life, our work or with friends.

Knowing how we think—specifically our archetype—helps us to hear with more compassion. To listen and hear beyond a person’s words. To understand where they are coming from, what they need, and where they are trying to get to in conversation with us.

Find Out How Leaders Relate With Each Archetype

Choose your friend or partner’s archetype below to gain insights into your relationship.

Pros
Working together, you can complement each other. Where you bring the energy of new, future experiences and the skills to organize everything in the present, they can bring the security of past knowledge to help you build your new world together smartly.

Cons
The pros only count if you’re working together!

Pros
You both look for ways of organizing and structuring to control your lives, which can be great if you want the same things.

Cons
You seek more new experiences than your partner, which may leave space for disagreements on what you plan to do next.

Pros
You work well together when it comes to sharing new experiences and savoring the variety that life has to offer.

Cons
Understand that while you like to have things organized and in place, your partner is hanging on as a free spirit. They won’t like your rules, so give each other space to be your own person.

Pros
You both use a Present perspective to help organize and structure what you’re doing.

Cons
You come from a place of new experiences whereas they’re looking for security. Life might be hard if you’re both organizing different things.

Pros
You both use a Future perspective to bring energy and explore new experiences.

Cons
Your partner uses the fact-finding skills of a Past perspective to be really sure of what they’re doing. You’re more of a free spirit who might feel weighed down by their need for security.

Pros
You both appreciate the need for organization and control and should use that to build something solid.

Cons
You’re primarily looking for new experiences whereas your partner is interested in building a history together. Carefully let your priorities be known.

Pros
They say opposites attract, and if you can organize your priorities well enough, you’ll see eye-to-eye on many things.

Cons
You have similar takes on the world but come at it from different angles. This may prove an important obstacle when you’re both faced with wanting something your own way.

Pros
You click with your desires to try new things and share new experiences.

Cons
While you’re coming from a place of keeping things together, they’re often looking for safety in tradition.

Pros
When you’re cooking, you can blend together perfectly, understanding exactly where each other is coming from.

Cons
If opposites attract, what about you guys? At your worst, you both want things your way and will try to control the situation to get it.

Pros
Since they integrate all three perspectives, the two of you can find a common middle ground pretty easily.

Cons
Their need to keep balance might wear thin if you want them to stand up for something.

IN COLLABORATION

Leaders discover the future and bring us there

  • You make sure the group grabs new opportunities before it’s too late.
  • You’re more open to change than most Present thinkers, and understand the benefits of deviating from a plan.
  • You’re an inspiring but pragmatic leader.

The secret to happiness and success is knowing where to look for the value in ourselves and others. When you’re aware of the value your colleagues bring—especially when it’s different from your own—you can partner with them to drive your mutual success.

The 10 Archetypes Collaboration Styles

Truth-seekers help the group develop a deeper understanding of its mission.

Truth-seekers teach people how to reduce the risk of failure and measure progress realistically.

Truth-seekers’ skepticism and independence militate against “group-think” and blind conformity.

Organizers keep their teammates focused on outcomes.

Organizers ensure that goals are realistic and the group doesn’t take on more work than it can handle.

Organizers hold people accountable and make sure they honor their deadlines and commitments.

Visionaries champion innovation, focus on solutions, and help others begin to think outside-the-box.

Visionaries inspire others and remind them of the bigger picture.

Visionaries help the group adapt to new circumstances.


Information and organization are both important to Curators.

Curators are likely to manage the group’s data, adding to it with their own thorough research.

Curators caution and practicality provide a solid foundation for decision making. They help the group avoid unnecessary risks.

Researchers ensure that the group makes decisions with full knowledge of the risks and consequences.

Others come to rely on their experience and wisdom.

Researchers are good at detecting when rules and structures become too confining for the group.

Engineers create efficient systems: organizing information, people, and the flow of work.

A team player, Engineers help the group stay focused on its collective goals.

Engineers promote accountability, reliability, and trustworthiness, helping bring projects to completion.

A Navigator’s attention to trends and changing markets is a valuable contribution to the group.

Navigators encourage others to act in a timely manner.

Navigators combine vision, action, and a knack for organizing. People say that they are natural leaders.

Explorers help the group set goals with a “grain of salt,” insisting that their vision be backed up with solid facts.

Explorers counsel against snap decisions.

Explorers find it easy to motivate others because they’re confident that their goals are viable.

Leaders make sure the group grabs new opportunities before it’s too late.

Leaders are more open to change than most Present thinkers, and understand the benefits of deviating from a plan.

Leaders are inspiring but pragmatic.

With your unusual ability to engage all thinking styles, Connectors have a clear understanding of group process.

Connectors sense when members are focusing on only one thinking styles and a minority perspective is being pushed to the margins.

Connectors serve as a mediator, help resolve conflicts, and keep everyone focused on constructive interaction.

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A guide to your thinking
  • How are you thinking?

  • How you make decisions

  • How you learn best

  • Communicating with others

  • Tapping into your full potential

The link to your emotions
  • How are you feeling?

  • Love and romance

  • Your flow

  • Things that make you go, “Ouch!”

  • Time for Growth?

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