Thinking can add tremendous value to everything if you take the time to do it. Too many times in the past have I sat in a conference room with someone that just doesn’t take the time to think. They blurt out something that doesn’t exactly answer the question or add value to the topic at hand. While not wrong, it is just not something that helps the discussion.
Likewise, some of the smartest people I know do not give immediate answers. Following the question being asked is a pause before they say anything. The pause is not long, but you can tell by the quality of the answer that they took a moment to gather the words that increase the quality of the meeting and add tremendous value.
The next time you are in a meeting and asked a question, what are you going to do? Blurt out a reaction or take the time to think, adding value?