Mission, Management, Performance = Balanced Leadership

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Higher Ordered Thinking Skills (HOTS)

Analyze and evaluate the organization, then create workable improvements.

Higher ordered thinking skills, analysis, evaluation, and creation are necessary skills utilized by successful Board Members and Leadership of Humane Societies. How effective an organization applies these skills become measurable outcomes.


Work experience measures time on the job, not higher ordered thinking skills. There is no positive correlation between work experience and skills, knowledge or success. Using work experience as a predictive model for future performance is highly unreliable.


More reliable, Competency-based hiring is an approach to talent management that starts  with identifying the particular skills required in a role and then  prioritizing assessments or credentials that look for those skills. It  promises to empower employers to align recruitment around business  results, rather than around résumés 

What's your ordered thinking skills?

The higher ordered thinking skills needed by board members and executive directors to effectively govern a Humane Society are analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. In 1956, Benjamin Bloom, educational psychologist, formulated the levels of cognitive processes. In 2001, a group of cognitive psychologists revised Bloom's Taxonomy. 

HOTS thinking is System 2 Thinking

System 1 & 2 Thinking

Thinking, Fast & Slow - New York Times Bestseller

 In Thinking, Fast and Slow,  Daniel Kahneman (Nobel Laureate) takes a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.  Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and  biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of  intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss  aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of  predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of  properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of  cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning  the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how  the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions. 

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System 1 Thinking

  • Initial reactions
  • Can be impressive
  • Decisions made while standing
  • Quick conclusions
  • Intuition/Gut Reaction 
  • Utilized by Spokespeople  

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System 2 Thinking

  • Analyzing a problem
  • Not immediately impressive
  • Is empathetic 
  • Is skeptical
  • Seeks more information
  • Utilized by Consultants

What's Your Management Style?

Learn To Train, Coach and Mentor Your Employees.

From a formal education prospective, we love learning and knowledge sharing. These attributes align well with the Developmental Style of Management (DSM), which aims to contribute to the long-term professional success of employees by coaching and mentoring them. 


Elevate your organization with a talented, educated workforce.

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