What effect would it have on the business if your team could optimise their thinking? Better decisions? Better strategy? Better performance? Better outcomes?
We are living in a golden age of neuroscience. We now know how we can enhance our thinking. So use these proven ways to build your team's thinking chops.
You know that "aha" moment that can give you a surge of energy and show with clarity the way forward? Well, you can increase your chances of having an epiphany. It's all about understanding the science behind them. An epiphany or "aha" moment occurs when you connect two pieces of information for the first time.
So, if your team needs to find a breakthrough, do these things listed below.
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1. Take it all in
Read, watch, sketch, review as much information as you can. If people like reading, they can review notes. If people are verbal processes, ask them to explain everything they know. It can be helpful to draw the system or sketch an outline. Spend at least half an hour, up to several hours on this.
Take turns sharing key insights, information, and thoughts. This could be in a meeting, on a messaging system like Slack or via email.
3. Change tack
Then change tack and do something completely different. Even better if it is something that allows your brain to day dream.
erhaps it's a walk, eating lunch, doing a mindless admin task, going to the gym or going home for the day. When your brain day-dreams it enters into a different state with different brain waves. These brain waves can connect pieces of information in non-linear, non-logical ways.
For example, connect learnings from coaching junior baseball to managing your project. Or connect principles from a design degree to redesigning your org chart.
When your brain day-dreams it enters into a different state with different brain waves
Regroup and compare thoughts. It's optimal here to have fun with it, and explore ideas with curiosity and playfulness. It is often easier to go far out with your thinking and peg it back, than it is to think incrementally outward. For example, a conversation about designing your organisation with architecture principles, could lead to defining the foundations of your business as customers, team, investors and culture, and building these into your organisational redesign project.
5. Harness the energy
Once an epiphany or "aha" moment occurs and that surge of energy is present, leverage it. The energy from new insights don't last forever, so get out the whiteboard and start planning. This is the time to utilise that energy to create movement forward. Afterall an aha moment is only as good as the action that comes from it.
In business these a-ha moments can bring new solutions to old problems.