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  • Writer's pictureMeghan Kirkland

Up the "Thinking" Quality in your Organisation

I got asked a really interesting question this week.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ?

One that immediately came to mindโ€ฆ

๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ?

1๏ธโƒฃ Everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do firstย (Nancy Kline)

2๏ธโƒฃ It doesnโ€™t matter whether you are a leader by official title or not; being able to give quality attention to others to help them do their best thinking is a powerful skill to have.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ?

๐Ÿ’ก Listen to understand, not just to reply.. how often do you find your mind drifting to "what should I say next" instead of staying present?ย 

๐Ÿ’ก Resist the temptation to interrupt when someone else is speaking. Turn-taking in meetings or a pre-agreed structure can help with ensuring everyone gets time to speak.

๐Ÿ’ก Check your ego at the door- focus on creating an environment where people can contribute & build together, rather than showing up as smarter or knowing more.

๐Ÿ’ก Be intentional about making space for others and differing opinions, for example doing simple check-in rounds at the beginning of meetings to bring everyoneโ€™s voice into the room.ย 

๐Ÿ’ก Look at some more structural cultural components; front of mind are values, principles, etc., as frameworks that can actually help people make more decisions independently and enhance autonomy.

I highly recommend the work of Nancy Kline for anyone who wants to learn more about this skill. A book summary I did 2 years ago can be found here.

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