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Exploring Alternative Thought w/ Henry Sanders, CEO

Podcast Published On: 11.06.2018
Found In: Business | Community

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Exploring Alternative Thought

[02:28] I have Henry Sanders joining me on the show. Henry is a great friend and as a creative thinker and innovator in the truest form, his ability to explore alternative thoughts and go against the grain has enabled him to do amazing things for the public and private sector here in Wisconsin.

Innovated Thinkers Have the Capacity to Explore Alternative Thoughts

[00:39] Today’s topic exploring alternative thoughts. In 1951 renowned psychologist Solomon Asch conducted an experiment and found that the larger the group is the more people tend to conform to mob mentality. Leaders who broke out of the box were ridiculed and labeled as troublemakers. The word troublemaker has a very negative connotation. However, some of the greatest leaders and innovators were also given this label. People like Galileo, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Harriet Tubman, Mark Zuckerberg, Nelson Mandela and Steve Jobs lots and lots more where that came from. These are all incredibly inspiring people who are able to courageously break away from the mob mentality and passionately pursue their vision of the future. Creative thinkers are able to easily find answers to unsolved questions. They weigh up the facts and are not afraid to try new approaches.

[01:38] This type of team leader can find the solution to a technical scientific or social problem by going against the grain and questioning the typical way that things have been done in the past. Part of being an innovative thinker is having the capacity to explore alternative thoughts and ideas. Anyone who thinks they have all the answers is kidding themselves and is merely feeding their own ego. So make a point of challenging your beliefs on a regular basis so you can see the other side of the story. Have conversations with people who have different thoughts and beliefs structures to learn what makes them tick. If you really believe something with conviction it should hold up to scrutiny. Your openness will allow or show others that you are so firm in your convictions that you’re willing to challenge your own beliefs by doing this you will develop trust in people who think differently than you do and inspire those around you.

About Henry Sanders, CEO

[03:19] Henry is the founder and CEO of Madison 365 which is a nonprofit online media outlet. Madison 365 has become the leading online magazine reaching approximately one point one million per month in Wisconsin and ranks among the top five online magazines in the Midwest.

Henry Sanders

Henry Sanders


Madison365 uses excellent journalism to start conversations, find real and lasting solutions, build community, invite action and encourage emerging leaders in Greater Madison’s communities of color, and to foster dialog between members of diverse communities.

Madison365 is operated by 365 Media Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.

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