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In this section, authors Welter and Egmon share periodically updated tools and resources with The Prepared Mind readers.

1. Examples of practical tools for each Prepard Mind skill area:

  • Observing
    • Scan for trends and anticipate changes to your business.
    • Learn the warning signs for your operation and look for them.
  • Reasoning
    • Test all assumptions.
    • Draw cause and effect diagrams.
  • Imagining
    • Think of your product or service in a new category (e.g., Swatch went from timepieceto fashion accessory).
    • Think of combinations
  • Challenging
    • Have a "devil's advocate" on your team.
    • Practice asking "Why?" five times when told you need to do something.
  • Deciding
    • Use checklists (like an airline pilot).
    • Keep a scorecard of your decisions and lookfor ways to improve.
  • Learning
    • Read widely.
    • Always have a "personal research question" to keep you engaged.
  • Enabling
    • Teach others.
    • Provide opportunities for others.
  • Reflecting
    • Write in a journal on a regular basis.
    • Perform after-action reviews with yourteam.

2. The Prepared Mind Assessment Tool (Coming Soon)

We're developing an assessment tool so leaders can understand their level of proficiency for each of the skills. Over time people can continually assess themselves to see if they're improving in particular areas. We're also thinking of how we could assess the collective prepared mind of teams, networks and entire organizations.

3. Excerpt from the Prepared Mind (Introduction)

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The prepared mind of the leader: Eight skills leaders use to innovate, make decisions, and solve problems.
Observe. Reason. Imagine. Challenge. Decide. Learn. Enable. Reflect.
Bill Welter, Adaptive Strategies Inc., mindprep.com
Jean Egmon, Third Angle, Inc., third-angle.com