Thinking Tactics that Move You to Action
You have crucial experience and expertise that can help you with your toughest problems, decisions, and people issues.
It's information stored deep in your brain. Sometimes it flows spontaneously to mind, just as you need it. You have a brilliant insight. You make a savvy judgment.
Other times, it comes only with 20:20 Hindsight. You think, "I should have thought of that before." The question is, can you access that information, when you need it?
Yes, you can, if you know how to target your thinking using my "thinking tactics."
My thinking tactics are simple procedures that quickly trigger useful, relevant information. They help you sort out what's true, what's important, and what you need to do. As an example, check out the "Thinking on Paper" video on this page.
Like my other tactics, "Thinking on Paper" helps information flow easily, even if you are facing a new challenge (or maybe an old fear) and your mind is not functioning so well. A thinking tactic helps you make a timely, solid decision about how to move forward.
Overload, blankness, and conflict are normal, predictable problems. Every ambitious person will face them at times. They often appear when you tackle the new, the non-routine, and the next level of difficulty. They strike with intensity when you are under pressure. They bring thinking to a halt.
What you need at that moment is a tool in your back pocket that you can whip out to get your thinking engine revving again.
That's why I have developed a set of thinking tactics that help with all the basic mental obstacles. My thinking tactics provide mental leverage, leverage that takes the strain out of thinking.
The thinking tactics work because they build in respect for your mind. When you know what your mind needs, you can feed it so it functions properly.
These simple thinking tactics can draw out insights and wisdom you didn't know you possessed.
You do not need to know everything to get out of a thinking tangle. You do not need to solve every problem or answer every question. You just need to figure out a good next step. If you know a set of flexible thinking tactics, you can always do that with a few minutes targeted thinking.
When you can think clearly, you can see exactly where you need to go, and then you step forward decisively
That's why when you use my thinking tactics, you solve problems faster, make better decisions, and get projects finished.
Thinking is not a game divorced from real life. Whenever I teach these tactics, participants bring their own real-life issues to think about when they test-drive the tactics. My flagship course, Thinking Tactics, is appropriate to self-starters who always have something they're thinking about. Such people—managers, engineers, writers, and small business owners—know they think for a living.
In a mixed group, it's often better to focus on the particular challenges facing the audience. Then each person sees that the thinking tools are immediately relevant.
Any challenge can be addressed in part by better thinking! These are the areas where I have developed classes on thinking tactics specifically tailored to address a common business challenge:
John Allison, Former Chairman & CEO, BB&T, one of the nation's largest financial holding companies, writes: "Having participated in the 'Thinking Tactics' course, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their thinking methods. The course is particularly helpful in bringing to consciousness practical techniques to focus your thought process and overcome thinking inertia. Every participant in the course I attended found it to be extremely helpful."
Andrew Layman, Product Unit Manager, Microsoft,
writes: "I met Jean Moroney [some] years ago at a conference when we sat
together at the same table for breakfast, and, when I learned that she was a
professional coach in improved thinking techniques, naturally I asked her
for some advice. She gave me one idea, a process she called 'thinking on
paper,' and I tried it out for the next six months and noticed a
considerable improvement in my ability to get my mind around some tricky
"When Jean offered to give a free, short workshop to my team at Microsoft, I invited her in and the results were positive: a month later, many of the participants were still using the techniques (a key measure, in my mind, of whether a class has delivered actual value!). Since then, Jean has returned several times to teach larger classes at Microsoft, including two days of training for the Windows Mentoring Ring. Attendee feedback has been broadly positive, with many reporting that the class — unlike any other classes they had taken — gave them a systematic method for sustained, efficient thinking on complex problems."