Web-thinking is based on teamwork. Yes, there's still a goal, but no one is sabotaging it, everyone is heading in the same direction and contributing their skills and talents to the final product.
Exchange of information
In web-thinking, there's an exchange of information between the team. Web-thinkers focus on uniqueness, which can't be ranked, rather than imitation. Web-thinkers see their contributions within a larger picture, recognizing nothing is ever accomplished by one person alone. They connect for success. Once the energy of connections begins, it begins to take on a synergy. Synergy can be defined as the way of working together where the total effect is greater than the sum of two or more of its parts. Once synergy is generated and everyone begins to work together, energy moves out becoming greater than anything any one person can do.
Linear thinkers try to preserve the status quo. The hierarchical boss guards and clings to his position, even though everything may be telling him that something doesn't work. This rigidity leads to arrested development and inflexible behaviour. But life and business keep moving and changing around him, and his company fails because he doesn't respond.
Web thinkers are flexible thinkers. They recognize that the way our business world works is not stable and non-dynamic, but always in flux. The world around us is constantly changing, and the flexible thinker is able to move with the change. Like a spider web responding to the pressure of the wind, we move within the dynamic give-and-take of progress.
At this time in our history, some say that linear thinking may be considered to be the better way, but this will not last. Scientist Lynn Margulis says, "In the end, life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than a triumph of cooperation and creativity. Indeed, since the creation of the first nucleated cells, evolution has proceeded through ever more intricate arrangements of cooperation."
Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, said "The vision I have for the Web is about anything being potentially connected with anything…[I had] a growing realization that there was a power in arranging ideas in an unconstrained web-like way…I liked the idea that a piece of information is really defined only by what it's related to, and how it's related. There really is little else to meaning. What matters is the connections." The same is true of web-thinkers; connections are what matter.
Web-thinking recognizes that both the spider web and the World Wide Web is a metaphor for the thinking of the future. We don't compete; we connect.
Dr. Linda Seger is an internationally known script consultant, keynote speaker and seminar leader. She has had her own business since 1981, and credits her success to Web-Thinking. She has given speeches and seminars in 32 countries around the world. She's the author of 12 books including "Spiritual Steps on the Way to Success: gaining the goal without losing your soul," and "Web-Thinking: Connecting not Competing for Success" (which will be re-released in February, 2011 as "The Better Way to Win: Connecting not Competing for Success"). For more information, see www.lindaseger.com.
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