Clear Thinking - The Business Experience



The Business Experience
Ideas Consultancy in Improving Organisation
and Team Performance

Business Performance Research

Why Strategies and Plans Go Wrong ... and our Thought-Leading Solutions

One key cause

... Avoidable
Thinking Errors
by Leaders and Teams

... often 'obvious'
- in hindsight

Despite extensive training programmes (such as Prince 2), Strategies, Plans, Projects, Decisions, and Innovations often go wrong. Our research found one key reason: 

planning teams (from board-level down) make avoidable Thinking Errors

    ... that only become evident when things go wrong.

This was the key finding of our Research into the causes of failed strategies, plans, etc when we analysed media reports and books on failures or disasters. We see examples reported in the media virtually every day that verify our research findings.

 "What were they thinking?"

Our Thinking Intelligence® tools and skills - along with our experience of working on major multi-disciplinary-team projects - helped us to see the root causes of failures in every case we studied.

We could spot exactly where errors were made in the Thinking/Planning Processes … which Whole-Brained Thinking Styles were missed or fudged … and precisely which Thinking Traps (eg Bias) they had fallen into. 

We identified a total of 10 different causes of thinking errors which are undetected at the time and may only emerge after things have gone badly wrong.


 Some examples of the 10 root causes of costly Thinking Errors ... and two Solutions

People, especially teams,
don't think about
HOW they are thinking,
or how they should be thinking at particular stages






1.  People, especially Teams, don’t think HOW they are thinking (metacognition).
There are many different ways of thinking (Thinking Styles) that should be
deliberately engaged when tackling Thinking Challenges such as strategising, planning, making decisions, and solving problems.

2.  Teams don’t systematically break down a particular Thinking Challenge into a series of simpler Thinking Stages in a Thinking Process. Most business thinking challenges require working through a stage-wise Thinking Process to be successful, even decision-making.

3.  Teams don’t think how they should be thinking (which Thinking Styles to deliberately engage) at each stage in a Thinking Process.

4.  Delusion - everybody thinks they are a clear thinker.
In reality, our tests showed that even professionals struggled to define some simple every-day concepts. And every person's thinking can be dangerously affected or influenced by a huge range of unconscious cognitive traps. For example: ego, prejudices, bias, emotions, fallacy ...

Contact us to find out more about these 10 causes of Avoidable Thinking Errors which in some cases have led to the demise of entire businesses. Ask for our White Paper on "Why plans Go Wrong".

Two unique Solutions


Learn Thinking Intelligence via our Training Courses

Apply our Thinking Intelligence tools to your current Thinking Challenges


1. Develop the Thinking Intelligence® of your entire workforce

Train all your managers and teams to be aware of how they should be thinking and to flex their thinking across the wide range of Whole-Brained Thinking Styles. Thinking Intelligence boosts thinking awareness, structure, focus, agility, flexibility, control, and clarity. It maximises thinking performance and minimises the risk of costly mistakes.

see Thinking Intelligence® for Leaders, Teams, and Individuals

2. Apply these new skills to your current Business Thinking Challenges via our Business Improvement Workshops for teams and groups

We can design and facilitate team or group workshops in your offices or local venue to work through any complex thinking challenge, from 3 hours to one day. For example: devise a strategy or plan, solve a problem, create and plan new ideas, or simply improve team-working.  

see our Menu of Improvement Applications in Business Improvement Workshops - for every Team

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