Discover Why “The Thinking Environment” Is Crucial – Part 5

In Part 5 of The Ten Components of “The Thinking Environment” we look at ENCOURAGEMENT!

Looking at the image below I’m reminded of the unwavering courage I experienced as a child when one of my parents were there to support and encourage me. It’s the same in our professional world, we need to be encouraged and to encourage our colleagues to excel.

Component Five – Encouragement


“To be ‘better than’ is not necessarily to be ‘good’”


“Giving courage to go to the cutting edge of ideas by moving beyond internal competition.”

Competing with others in a thinking space, I would see as limiting my own opportunity to expand my awareness and grow.

The saying that two people can look at something and see something totally different, is exactly the reason one shouldn’t compete.

Personal Experience

This is more my researched perspective than personal experience for now.

The social construct in which we live has changed so drastically since the birth of human culture and communities.

Robyn Jackson

Early humans had a responsibility to their own small social networks of cultures and geographically isolated settlements.

Being community based beings, they would rely on this culture and community for long term sustainability, coherence, encouragement, and overall wellbeing.

As humans and communities evolved, the nurturer and caregiver characteristics of the social way of being would ensure a reciprocal caring and upliftment of their own (immediate) kind, thus humans own survival and longevity continued.

Yet, mankind and technology have exploded in the past century or so and specifically in the past 30 odd years with the information technology boom.

Now with globalisation – it seems a community way of living and a generalised nurturing community social construct is replaced with competitiveness.

Social media and the interconnectedness of businesses and social lives ensure that the growing greed for giving and receiving information continues with the ‘dog-eat-dog’ approach of being better than others and competing in a manmade race of narcissistic tendencies of self-promotion and competition to be the best.

When awareness of this destructive way of being was finally realised, a new value proposition was birthed – that of the values-based approach to business, leadership and connecting with others.

It is the new (or not-so-new) trend towards an integrated global and sustainable way of living and being.

We need to return to our community based and values way of being to survive in a global economy.

This starts with the selfless act of encouraging others.

My personal experience of encouragement as a leader and manager in my company was a circular management approach – nurturing and encouraging staff to think for themselves which in turn created connection and buy-in to my vision.


Leadership is about encouraging followers, drawing on their skills and character to move towards a common vision.

Leading is about them and not you – and this is what encouragement without competition is about.


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