Let’s imagine this scenario. You are a leader in your organization and the management team wants you and your team to be more innovative. You don’t see yourself as a particularly creative person. As a matter of fact, you live by the motto…“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
You want to approach work differently. And, you have no idea where to start. What will it take to get your team to approach challenges in a new way?
In a recent Forbes article entitled “True Innovation Starts with Diversity”, the author notes that “innovation begins with the courage and willingness to think differently.”
In my years of working with teams and building relationships, I’ve learned that building FCT. F=Familiarity, C=Comfort and T=Trust is at the core of every relationship. So…the key to innovative thinking comes from building a culture of FCT.
Summer Anderson notes that "in order to build the freedom to share diverse thinking, the key is to curate an environment of social safety within a board or executive suite.” Social safety and FCT are intertwined. What are you doing as a leader to create a safe space for your team to think differently? How about starting with curiosity?
Consider this. If you always approach a problem asking WHY, try asking about the WHO, HOW or WHAT. If you start with WHO, think about the WHY, HOW or WANT. And so on and so on… This tiny tweak can result in all sorts of new innovative approaches to the same old problems.
In addition, Anderson recommends the following strategies to enhance diversity of thought on your team:
1) Build Courage - (BIG NEWS…The Think Good Company is talking differently in 2020 about Courage)
2) Add diversity by assessing your diverse thinking styles.
3) Review Sacred Cows - Get your team to talk about taboo topics
At The Think Good Company, we specialize in building diverse thinking teams. As a certified trainer and coach in Whole Brain Thinking and the HBDI, we can help you assess your team's strengths and blind spots.
We're all about creating social safety in your organization. We'll teach your team a common language around thinking styles. Let's ignite innovation!
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Imagine a new morning routine that includes creating a mindset for success...
I'm sure many of you have heard about the power of creating intentions. Honestly, it can feel awkward! I get it. Often times, I get push-back from coaching clients who feel that this activity might be out of their comfort zone. Sometimes, they just have a hard time figuring out how to fit intention setting into their daily routine.
Today I want to introduce you to an incredible example of setting a morning intention...
Our daughter is a first grade teacher a local elementary school. Many of the children that she works with have experienced trauma early in their lives. In the first few weeks of school, she chose to take an authoritative stance in front of the room. In energy leadership coaching, we would call this choosing catabolic energy. It shows up as anger and conflict and can create a toxic environment. Her children continued to act out. She then made a conscious shift in her mindset to creating a more loving and creating mindset. We call this Level 4 and it is focused on service and compassion to others. On a daily basis, her children recite the following set of affirmations:
Our daughter is seeing incredible results! It is truly remarkable to see the energy that is created in this class as a result of creating positive intent. Children in her school now see her classroom as a safe and comforting place to grow and learn.
As a leader, an affirmation can create similiar results for you and your team. Jack Canfield, author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books suggests the following:
How to Create Positive Affirmations:
1. Start with the words “I am”
2. Use the present tense
3. State it in the positive
4. Keep it brief
5. Make it specific
6. Include an action word ending with "–ing"
7. Include at least one dynamic emotion or feeling word
8. Make affirmations for yourself, not others
Here is an example of what I use everyday:
I am grateful. I am grounded. I am good. I am enough. I am free. I am happy. I am me. I know that everything is figureoutable.
These affirmations are written in the front of my journal/notebook and I refer to them on a regular basis throughout my day:
Your challenge for the day is to write at least three "I AM" statements. Hold yourself accountable for stating them for a week. Then, jot your thoughts down around how this is changing your energy throughout the day.