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Culture

Maintaining Your Invisible Edge

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Listening to your intuition helps you build and maintain your invisible edge in two different ways: it allows you a clearer picture of what’s happening in real-time in your environment, and it gives you clues looking into the future.

Real-Time Read Out

  • Better understand the unspoken, underlying needs of your customer
  • Detect when something feels “off” in your work space
  • Sense when a sales pitch is going flat and you are losing your audience
  • Act on a signal when something doesn’t look right on a spreadsheet or data set
  • Get the most out of each team member and detect early warning signs of disengagement
  • And much more…

Anticipating the Future

  • Lead in your industry
  • Stay a step ahead of the marketplace as you intuit trends
  • Improve forecasting tools
  • Create better strategy
  • Build better products and services
  • Continue to exceed customer expectations
  • And much more…

These are some of the outcomes that we help our clients achieve. You can gain an advantage when you promote intuitive intelligence in your company culture for smarter and more effective decision making.

If you want to learn more about how we do this, check out our Services page or email us. We look forward to helping you find your invisible edge.

 

Systems AND Culture

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Systems are the glue that ensures that your business is consistently delivering what it promises to deliver. 

But systems don’t happen in a vaccuum.

Your company culture and leadership team set the tone for your business. 

Check out this video from a recent presentation I did at the Supper Club in London on the relationship between systems and culture.

Let me know what you think and what you notice in your own business!

For more information on coaching and training services for your leadership, management, and sales teams, contact hello@three-hats.com.

How To Lead Innovative Brainstorming Sessions

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This month, we’ve covered the three types of intuition that you can integrate into your company for greater decision making—namely directional, social, and informational intuition. Today we look at how to build intuitive intelligence on your teams during brainstorming sessions for greater innovation and creative thinking.

How do you get your team to think outside the box for fresh solutions to your top challenges? In order to open up a creative space for strategic thinking, you need to interrupt your team’s normal thinking patterns. Here are some steps you can take that lead to powerful results, no matter if you are strategizing a new product launch, goals for the coming year, or how to solve a customer service issue that keeps arising.

#1: Check Phones at the Door

Recent studies have found that participants who had their smartphones with them—even if they were turned off—scored significantly worse on tests of cognitive capacity. And while we might be dumbing ourselves down by over-relying on phones and less on our creative impulses, it is also a distraction from delving deeper into our subconscious mind and the source of our creativity. Sinek and others suggest banning phones from meetings for this very reason.

I have found that in order to facilitate the collective intelligence of your team, you need to eliminate distractions for these types of meetings. And leaving cell phones off is a great place to start.

#2: Create Safety

No idea is stupid in a brainstorming session. In fact, the more that we feel safe to stretch our imaginations, the more room we create for innovation.

Safety is the bedrock of creativity and innovation. People only take risks when they assess that it’s safe to do so. As a manager or facilitator of a brainstorming session, it is imperative to have everyone feel welcome and included in the conversation, and that no contribution will be ridiculed or shamed.

When managers or colleagues put down staff in public, people tend to shut down and learn that it’s not safe to take risks. And innovative thinking is all about risks and thinking outside the norm. So, what do you need to say, do, or model to have everyone feel secure, so that they can access their intuition and subconscious mind for more creative decision making and strategy?  

#3: Leverage Your Team’s Intelligence

Everyone’s different in how they think, approach, and make decisions. Use an assessment such as the Gallup StengthsFinder to helps you figure out everyone’s unique strength on the team. You can work more intuitively as a team once that is in place. Intuition is all about being open. If anything creates barriers or blocks, such as how people learn and take in information, it will block access to their deeper wisdom.

#4 Disrupt the Rational Mind

While critical thinking and reasoning are necessary for analyzing business decisions, one of the missing ingredients in most brainstorming sessions is recognizing the value of the subconscious mind. And the subconscious mind is where our intuition lives. Because the subconscious mind processes information 500,000 x faster than the conscious mind, business leaders who get this understand the value of slowing down, interrupting our normal thinking, and allowing space for intuitive insights to find us.

Business leaders and managers that I work with use creative disruptions to get their teams out of their heads, with amazing results. Such techniques include getting out of the office, going on company retreats, engaging in group activities, juggling, playing games and accessing other creative ways of learning and sharing, physical challenges, mindfulness practices and many other techniques to help staff get into their bodies and deeper brain states.

All of these steps allow team members to access their intuition and bring more insight and bigger-picture thinking into your meetings. For further inquiries on how to deepen your company’s strategic meetings and decision making, contact hello@three-hats.com.

 

Cultivating Intuition With Your Team

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As technology continues to advance, the customer is dramatically influencing and shaping product and service development of businesses like never before.  Agility is no longer an option with instant feedback, customer engagement and reviews.  One of the outcomes of this reality is that businesses are welcoming intuition as a necessary component to integrate into leadership, management, decision-making, customer service, and every facet of a business.  The more the collective wisdom of the group is incorporated, the better.

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