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  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Theory of mind and executive functioning
  4. Understanding the executive mind
  5. How the executive mind works
  6. The characteristics of the executive mind
  7. The executive mind and the importance of cognitive behaviors
  8. Conclusions
  9. References

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). [...]

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