Discover your hidden brainpower with this newly expanded guide to the simple but powerful technique that unlocks potential in all areas of your life.
Former banker and CEO Bill Donius drove his bank’s eightfold growth over twelve years. And the surprising secret to his success is something we all have access to, right in our own two hands. The methodology described in Thought Revolution is simple and revolutionary—so simple, it begins by moving your pen from one hand to the other. Whether you’re right-handed or left-handed, a whole world of change is possible. Writing with your non-dominant hand opens you up to creative solutions, giving you the ability to see new ways through problems in your business, career, relationships, health, and spiritual life.
In Thought Revolution, Donius explains the science behind non-dominant handwriting and teaches you how to incorporate the technique into your business and your life. New stories from Donius’s extensive seminars illuminate how employees and managers can unite in a new vision for their company’s growth and culture, increase employee and customer satisfaction, and improve profits. Thought-provoking, easy-to-do exercises and prompts show how to connect more fully with your subconscious right brain to help you reduce stress, discover your hidden talents, heal from trauma, and come to a deeper spiritual awareness.
Thought Revolution shows how your non-dominant hand serves as a direct pipeline to the right brain’s wisdom. Incorporate this simple practice into your career and your life, and you’ll find insights that lead to lasting change.
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About the Author
William A. Donius, former banker and CEO, teaches his creative method of problem solving to a wide range of corporations and employees and also blogs at Huffington Post. With thirty years of experience in the corporate world, Donius was chairman and CEO of Pulaski Bank in St. Louis, where he oversaw the bank’s eightfold growth over twelve years. For more information, please visit WilliamAlanDonius.com.
Read an Excerpt
WITH THE INITIAL publication of Thought Revolution, I felt as if I’d lit a match. Just as this methodology illuminated a new path for my life, it has revealed a new way of thinking for others. Since that time, I’ve used this revolutionary approach to help companies improve their business decisions, business systems, functioning, and morale.
Thought Revolution describes a simple way to learn to think differently, by activating the right brain. It relates how I developed the techniques and applied them to bring about the successes my colleagues and I enjoyed at the business I ran from 1997 to 2008. I have come to call these techniques “Ideation” and I believe them to be a reinvention of traditional brainstorming. Ideation is a reflective brainstorming technique that uses the right and left sides of the brain to allow you to break through entrenched habits of thought and difficult problems. It also helps you to avoid the circular thinking or channeling of ideas along a constrained path that can frequently occur when a group of people brainstorm together.
This new edition of Thought Revolution also explores surprising insights uncovered by seven people who generously allowed me to guide them through the Ideation process of working with the right brain and now to share their personal stories. I hope when you learn the techniques in this book, you’ll discover your own truths that will improve your personal and work life.
Without the breakthroughs that Thought Revolution enabled me to make, it might have taken me decades more to gain self-understanding and happiness, so I hope that this book will help you shorten that process. Along the way, I discovered that the path to happiness is not necessarily lined with gold in the financial sense. Life is not just about getting to your destination or achieving your goals. It’s also about the quality of your journey. Using the techniques in Thought Revolution to make you more aware and intentional about your life will make you happier. This book is your map to buried treasure inside your own mind.
The Ideation process can be equally effective in personal life or at work. I recommend that you begin by focusing on personal questions or challenges. Once you’ve seen how well the exercises work, you’ll have the confidence to use them to make contributions at work.
In public and private interviews since the publication of Thought Revolution, I’ve taken this work to a wide variety of people, from top executives and entrepreneurs to the chronically unemployed, from professional athletes to artists and musicians, from creative advertising types to actuaries. I’ve witnessed astonishing results from applying this technique to organizations from diverse American industries—Big Oil, financial firms, shipping companies, retailers, educational institutions, the world’s largest trade group, and nonprofit organizations. Even when I’ve wondered whether in a new business situation the technique will work, it has carried us through. This makes me very committed to helping others unlock and discover their “inner genius.”
This edition of Thought Revolution includes my experiences in conducting Ideation sessions with employees of corporations. In a new section, I tell stories of a self-employed artist and six companies that dared to explore uncharted territories with me. They had different reasons for taking the journey, but I think it’s safe to say that none of them foresaw fully how much they would learn along the way. These respected businesspeople and organizations allowed me to explore with them the rich creativity and problem solving skills inherent in the right brain. We uncovered extraordinary gifts.
Table of Contents
Preface to the New Edition xi
Foreword Lucia Capacchione, PHD, ATR xiii
Part 1 Stop Lying, Start Living
Chapter 1 Taking Better Advantage of the Whole Mind 3
Chapter 2 Of Two Minds: A Relatively Recent Discovery 12
Chapter 3 A Conversation with Your Right Brain 22
Chapter 4 Mapping the Labyrinth 27
Chapter 5 Injecting Truth Serum 32
Chapter 6 Let's Draw a Picture 41
Part 2 Lifting the Eight Lies
Chapter 7 Liberation from Lies 47
Chapter 8 Lie Number 1: "Everything will work out eventually" aka "Whatever will he will be." 50
Chapter 9 Lie Number 2 "I'll get to it later." 57
Chapter 10 Lie Number 3: "Sooner or later my ship will come in," or "Good things come to those who wait." 63
Chapter 11 Lie Number 4: "I'm not the one who needs to apologize." 70
Chapter 12 Lie Number 5: "My life is as good as it gets." 78
Chapter 13 Lie Number 6 "Everything will be okay." 86
Chapter 14 Lie Number 7: "I won't make the same mistakes as my parents." 93
Chapter 15 Lie Number 8: "There's no such thing as true love." 98
Part 3 Right-Brain Thinking in the Workplace
Chapter 16 Ready to Go to Work? 109
Chapter 17 Creative Breakthrough: Artist Finds a New Path 116
Chapter 18 Management Insight: High-Powered Exec Discovers Different Approach 120
Chapter 19 A New Company Vision: Guinea Pig Gets the Gold 124
Chapter 20 A Creative Company Breakthrough 131
Chapter 21 Fortune 50: Finding Needles and Pitchforks in the Haystack 139
Chapter 22 Gathering a Global Team to Go After a Problem 147
Chapter 23 A Breakthrough for a Million Members 153
Chapter 24 Onward: What's Next? 158
Thought Revolution Journal 165
About the Author 205