The contribution of the executive mind in the corporate environment is a cmplex issue which has often been addressed in business literature. In its simplest form the effective executive mind is assigned to lead subordiantes, to find solutions and to overcome difficult situations by exposing the organization to the less possible risk. On the other hand, there are aspects of cognitive behaviour affecting the desired effectiveness.
[...] In doing so, the executive mind gains an insight of the cognitive elements driving the organization, thus adapting the managerial style accordingly. New ideas, required changes, and transition periods create uncertainty, resistance and inertia in the organizations because people feel insecure. The leadership pattern followed by the executive mind is the one that will eventually welcome or repel these new ideas. Yet, by all means, the ability to find new ideas, visions and question is an element of an executive mind per se. [...]
[...] References complete this paper Theory of Mind and Executive Functioning Theory of Mind (ToM) is the understanding that a mental state can be the cause of the behavior of another individual (Premack & Woodruff, 1978). Individuals share the ability to understand and interpret what is going on in other people's minds and predict their behavior. In that way, ToM enables normal social functioning through various steps of developing a continuum of individual experiences. ToM is based on the ability to recognize the false belief attribute which holds that individual beliefs are based on individual knowledge, which is based on individual experiences, which may differ from reality and be completely subjective (Wimmer & Perner, 1983). [...]
[...] Although the executive mind possesses the expertise and the training required to achieve the organizational goals, it is very important to consider the impact of the cognitive behaviours in this process. Executive minds should be able to realize that emotionality does not favour effective strategic decisions as feelings obstruct clear thinking. In conclusion, no matter how well structured an organization is, the cognitive behaviours of the executive minds are critically responsible for successful strategy implementation. References Argyris C. (1982). The Executive Mind and Double-Loop Learning. [...]
[...] Hence, one important aspect of the executive mind is that it should follow practices that ensure success and avoid or obstruct failure. The characteristics of the executive mind From the hypothesis test performed in the previous section we conclude that the executive mind works in a unique way in the effort to add value to the organization through effective decision-making. The main characteristics of the executive mind can be summarized in the following points: Executive minds keep on moving Individuals with innovative thinking do not waste too much time in choosing the appropriate solution. [...]
[...] Research acknowledges that the executive mind differs from the average corporate mind in ways, which expand further than the position held in the organization. One would expect that mostly top management would reflect the characteristics of the executive mind and often this is true. Yet, we cannot ignore the fact that the middle or lower management may also expose practices, which reflect a different mindset. Moreover, this justifies how people employed in the low or middle workforce get promoted. How the executive mind works The hypotheses tested aim at understanding how the executive mind works. [...]
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