Getting A Bigger Mind

“Let us not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around us in awareness.”

~James Thurber

Getting a Bigger Mind

by John McGuire and Gary Rhodes

By increasingly opening up your awareness and beliefs, you can be more conscious of and about the decisions you are making and the impact of those decisions on your behaviors and practices. We call this process “getting a bigger mind.” It expands your awareness of what’s really going on and enables you to perceive more complex interconnections and respond with both long-term strategic acuity and elevated knowledge of how your next decision brings the environment you want to create more fully into existence (McGuire & Rhodes, p. 48).

McGuire, J. B. & Rhodes, G. B. (2009). Transforming Your Leadership Culture. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call To Action

What process do you use to step back and “get a bigger mind”? Do you brainstorm with your business partner, go for a run, sleep on it?