A family arranged a trip. They were going by a van. Van was driven by a young driver, next to him a young family member. In the next row, father, mother and their child around 10 years old boy were seated. In the last row grandfather and grandmother were there.
On the way, a traffic signal, it is turned to red. So driver stopped the van. Now the little boy prompt a question “Why you stopped the van?” “The traffic signal is red” driver replied. He asked more “Why we have to stop if signal is red?” for that the young family member replied “If not police man will charge us”
The boy was not satisfied with that answer; He turned his head to back. Then grandfather tried to answer “We have to give way to others before we take”, “There should be a common rule to control”, “you have to wait for your chance”. While grandfather was continuing with his answer, boy had turned his head to his father, because he couldn’t understand those answer. Then father explained, in a junction, if all people try to go, then there will be no coordination. So we have to divide time between us and move one by one. For that there should a person or signal to indicate the time change. And finally if someone violating those rules, there should be police man or someone to check and punish.
After father’s explanation boy was fine. Let stop the story there, in the story, you may have noticed three different answers for one question “Why we have to stop?”
All three answers are right and related to same question. First answer which was from the young man, is talking about immediate input/output of the problem. This is a kind of technician mode of thinking. It is without thinking about others, just thinking how to kindle the present situation according to present observation. Or they may have trained to understand the situation and react according to that.
Second answer, the grandfather’s answer which is more conceptual, no worries about how to design. Scientists used to tell thing like this. More like theories, speaking in an ideal situation.
Final answer, that took care of design aspect, and explained how these are made into a practical working solution. This is an engineer mode of thinking, explained and analyzed the design.
Even though I have put different modes into different people, it doesn’t mean those are owned by only them. All we have those three modes of thinking with us. For each problem in our life, we react or understand things in one or some of the above modes. For every problem, the time to find a solution, the understanding or knowledge we have about the area of the problem and the role we play to solve the problem are decide the way in which we going to handle. In case, if we couldn’t find a solution with one mode, we may have to switch to another different mode as well.
So, it is important of understand these different mode of thinking, choose one or more and switch between them to solve our problems. It is nothing new, we all know this, but just to get to know and organize into you mind.