Mary is the director of a facility. She has a preference for Structural Thinking, which means she is practical, cautious, predictable, methodical, and well-planned. Mary usually has a To-Do List somewhere in her possession.
After a recent Emergenetics workshop, Mary seemed perplexed. I asked her what was wrong. In order to be a leader of the facility, she felt she should be more Conceptual. A person with a preference for Conceptual Thinking is imaginative, creative and innovative, a visionary, and intuitive about ideas. This was not her strength.
I was not surprised by her comment. I have heard this from several Structural Thinkers over the years. I am one myself, so I understood where she was coming from.
It is nice for leaders to be Conceptual. However, you do not have to have a preference for Conceptual Thinking in order to be conceptual.
By using their strengths, a Structural Thinker can become more Conceptual. Since ideas do not come easily for them, he or she must be observant to the world around them because their ideas will come primarily from one or two sources.
For starters, their ideas will come from other people. Structural Thinkers should always be on the lookout for what other people are doing. If they like what they see, adopt it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Another thing a Structural Thinker can do is create a Conceptual committee. Identify people in your circle of influence who are conceptual, and anytime you need help with ideas, call them. Ideas flow freely for the true Conceptual mind.
Second, try Google. That's right. Structural Thinkers like the method of things that are tried and true, so go to Google and see what is already out there. You will be inundated with a plethora of ideas.
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment. I would be glad to entertain your “ideas.”