Sunday, December 14, 2008

Blink: the power of thinking without thinking

I just finished Malcolm Gladwell's second book, Blink. I thoroughly enjoy Gladwell's style of writing. I love his narrative style recounting various events and studies through the eyes of the people who led the studies. (He used to write for the Washington Post.)

The basic premise is that our unconscious thought, through training and experience, can be amazingly accurate. He illustrates that there are times when too much information can actually impair one's decision-making. On the other hand, Gladwell also illustrates how our stereotypes and biases can also be heightened in thinking in the blink of an eye.

This is a very interesting book. As far as application for ministry goes I would think it might help Boards of Ordained Ministry as the evaluate and refine their processes. Another application might be to help administrative councils and leadership teams discern a framework to empower committees and individuals to make decisions on the fly.

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