Jennifer Bridges, PMP


Optimize Your Thinking® – Introduction

Course: Optimize Your Thinking® – Introduction

PDUs: 2.5

Category: 3

Author: Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

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Pessimistic Thinking: See the Upside of the Downside

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

“The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.” – George F. Will, Columnist & Author

Studies have shown that Pessimistic Thinking can be a detriment to your health, a symptom of depression, a disadvantage in the popularity contest, or even a precursor to failure.  In 2002, a study published by scientists at the Mayo Clinic showed that people who expect misfortune don’t live as long as those with a more optimistic way of thinking. In a 2004 study, Dutch scientists discovered that self-described pessimists often had higher rates of cardiovascular death than optimists. So as you can see, the outlook for pessimistic thinkers is not so optimistic.

Understandably, you may ask why Pessimistic Thinking is even targeted as a way of thinking. This valid question has a complex answer. It may help you to consider that Pessimistic Thinking is also a form of “realistic” thinking. When making an important decision, a rose-colored, optimistic view can blind you to obvious problems. A dose of reality from the pessimistic thinker can save you and those working with you from preventable failure by revealing areas of risk you might not otherwise see.

Secondly, you will inevitably work with a pessimistic thinker. Learning to appreciate this person’s input will broaden your understanding and patience for this thinking style. And, finally, at some point you might lead a person or a team that’s focused on the downside – and possibly weakened because of it. Learn More »

Analytical Thinking: Let Reason Rule

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – Somerset Mougham, Novelist

You know the analytical thinkers in a room – they don’t hesitate to ask questions or challenge the expert. With a style that resembles an FBI profiler, these thinkers tackle a problem head on, and they’re careful to never assume anything. All facts are checked, all stones are turned.

After verifying the facts, the analytical thinkers can apply the faculty of logic to dissect a problem into individual parts. They then “paste these analyses together with a logical glue” to construct a sound solution. Learn More »

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