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Finding your previous thought might constrain your current thinking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 1, 2005
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Darren makes the following comment:

“The potential danger is this could limit thinking rather than expanding it. If people are constantly reminded of their past point of view, could it not encourage many not to move forward, but to reinforce their thinking of old?”

I guess like any tool, in the wrong hands it can be a dangerous weapon—or at least an ineffective one. Darren’s point is a good one. Past ideas should act as a prompter for new ways of thinking given the current circumstances and only regurgitated if the writer is confident it makes sense in the new context.

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About  Shawn Callahan

Shawn, author of Putting Stories to Work, is one of the world's leading business storytelling consultants. He helps executive teams find and tell the story of their strategy. When he is not working on strategy communication, Shawn is helping leaders find and tell business stories to engage, to influence and to inspire. Shawn works with Global 1000 companies including Shell, IBM, SAP, Bayer, Microsoft & Danone. Connect with Shawn on:

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