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Facilitating Innovation With Teams Part 4: Disrupting Routine

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Over these four weeks, we are covering a four-step process on how to inspire your team to think outside the box and contribute to your goals from their intuitive intelligence, resulting in more creativity and innovation. Part 1 we looked at how Leaders Go First. Part 2 focused on building Safety and Trust within your company culture. Part 3 involved encouraging intuitive thinking. Today we focus on disrupting routine and normal ways of thinking.

Disruption

Interrupting typical patterns of thinking and helping your team get out of their heads is an effective way to bring intuition into your company culture. If you keep finding yourself stuck or stagnant on the same problem and see no way around it, disrupt your typical routine or mode of thinking or that of your team’s.

This is where getting outside, stepping away from the computer, engaging in a physical exercise or mindfulness practice can be so helpful to change your brain states and get into more of a flow state where you can access your subconscious creativity and intuition.

Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal, the founders of the Flow Genome Project, have dedicated themselves to this research and define flow as “optimal states of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” It’s when performers and high achievers describe being “in the zone,” where they are so focused in the moment and the task at-hand, that everything else disappears in the background.

Play

Play is a key disruptor and one that is often lacking in the business context. We accept the value of play as children, but we don’t often appreciate how vital this is to business and decision making as adults, in sparking the creativity, joy, and ingenuity of staff.

One business I’ve worked with brings in improv classes as an option for learning how to intuit the moment and play off of other people in social dynamics. Translating improv classes into business has tremendous upside.

In fact, Chicago’s famous Second City improv troupe has expanded to lead corporate trainings. Business schools at such universities like Duke and Stanford are including improv classes in their curriculum to help future leaders cope with a rapidly changing environment.

They have noticed that their staff leave these classes feeling more confident, think faster, embrace failure more easily, increase awareness, improve listening skills, and learn how to read-out social dynamics and cues which has directly related to their role in the company. By breaking up routine patterns and modes of thinking, you are creating space for individual and collective intuition and genius to flourish. Now let’s look at how to assess the level of intuitive intelligence within your organization and how to make your company culture smarter.

So whether it’s taking your team out of the office for an ‘off-site’ or finding other creative ways to step away from the computer and change up the environment through movement or stillness, disrupting normal ways of thinking allow your team to get out of their conscious mind and into their subconscious, which is the birthplace of creativity and intuition, and allows your team to make faster and more holistic decisions.

For more information on how to facilitate more innovation with your teams, contact us at hello@three-hats.com!

Facilitating Innovation With Teams Part 3: Encouraging Intuitive Thinking

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Over these four weeks, we are covering a four-step process on how to inspire your team to think outside the box and contribute to your goals from their intuitive intelligence, resulting in more creativity and innovation. Part 1 we looked at how Leaders Go First. Part 2 focused on building Safety and Trust within your company culture. Today we focus on encouraging intuitive thinking from your teams.

Encouraging Intuition

Now that you have established a baseline of safety and trust to take risks on your team or within your company, the next step involves encouraging innovation and creative thinking.

This means that no idea is too crazy or ‘out there.’ For your staff to take risks, they need to feel the freedom and respect that they can fling pasta on the wall and see what sticks. The more you can facilitate a non-judgmental space you will get ideas that you couldn’t have reached on your own.

In fact, you might need to bite your tongue and go last as you let your team take front and center stage with their ideas and possibilities. You will have time to bring in the practical elements like budgets and other constraints later, but for now, let them brainstorm and feed off the collective energy in the room.

Gut Check

If a meeting is running off the tracks, help everyone refocus and have them literally stop, and check-in with their gut. When ideas are swirling around and attention spans are waning, call a time-out and have everyone re-group and check-back in with their own innate intelligence and what they are sensing in the room.

Whenever I’ve paused the normal flow of conversation and invited staff to feel into their gut sense, they almost always know what needs to happen next. They just might require help gaining the courage to take action, or clarify the forty steps to get to their destination.

Personal Time

Igniting intuitive decision making requires a balance between personal, reflective time, as well as bringing everyone together and harnessing the collective wisdom of the group. And as mentioned, the more you become the change that you want to see, the more people will follow your lead.

Whether it’s for five minutes or three hours, personal time well spent is critical. Carving-out solo-time for slowing down, accessing your deeper subconscious mind, and approaching a situation from a fresh perspective is necessary for innovation.

As strategic thinking accesses different parts of our brain, we need that time and space to sink deeper within ourselves and discover what’s waiting for us. This means eliminating distractions, finding a suitable and inspiring environment, and allowing time to focus and go within. It’s also important to encourage staff to make this quality time as well.

Group Dynamics

Once team members have made some time for personal reflection and clarity, it’s incredibly powerful to bring everyone together to brainstorm and discuss strategy. There’s a creative element that only happens in a collective field and people can bounce ideas off of each other.

Staff members who feel included and respected, are willing to give their best and contribute toward the greater good of the team.

For more information on how to facilitate more innovation with your teams, contact us at hello@three-hats.com!

Facilitating Innovation With Teams Part 2: Safety and Trust

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Over these four weeks, we are covering a four-step process on how to inspire your team to think outside the box and contribute to your goals from their intuitive intelligence, resulting in more creativity and innovation. Part 1 we looked at how Leaders Go First. Today we focus on the necessity of building safety and trust inside your company culture.

Safety and Risk

There’s an interesting paradox between risk and safety. In order for a culture or a group of people to take a risk, they have to feel safe. So if you want to encourage risk taking and thinking strategically and creatively outside the box, and even being willing to look like a fool at the meeting for a moonshot idea, there has to be a culture of safety and acceptance for an employee to relax into themselves and share their gifts. 

In fact, Google conducted a two-year study and found that the highest-performing teams had one thing in common: psychological safety. An atmosphere of open communication, respect, and creativity is infectious and directly serves the company as employee participation is encouraged. 

Innovation is not exclusive to high tech companies. It exists in any business with the right mindset. A healthy company culture requires authentic communication about what’s really going on with staff, with customers, and with leadership. Building this level of trust is the basis of creating safety in the workplace and encouraging staff to take risks. If you want outside-the-box solutions or honest feedback at a bare-minimum, a place for open dialogue is necessary.

If staff are ridiculed for their ideas or taunted or humiliated publicly or privately, people will shut down and not come forward with real feedback or creative ideas that might just be the very thing the company needs to hear. Creating safety and trust has to start with the leadership if it’s going to trickle down inside the company culture. There’s always a part of us scanning for safety in our environment, and if we don’t feel it, this will shut-down productivity and innovation.

Leaders and managers who understand the importance of having everyone feel valued and respected, will get more contribution and leadership from staff members. Having your team feel safe to share what needs to be shared without consequence or retaliation, is the most important foundation for creating an innovative and forward-thinking atmosphere. 

For more information on how to facilitate more innovation with your teams, contact us at hello@three-hats.com!

Facilitating Innovation With Teams: Part 1 of 4

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As I write and teach about bringing intuitive intelligence into company cultures for greater decision making, leadership, and innovation, I’m often asked by leaders and managers “How do I get my team to think more innovatively? Over the next four weeks, we’ll cover this four-step process to inspire your team to think outside the box and contribute to your goals from a more creative and intelligent resource within. 

Facilitating Innovation With Teams Part 1: Leaders Go First
 
Leaders set the tone for their company culture. In order for intuitive decision making to integrate into your strategy and activities, it has to start with members of the leadership team respecting and honoring their own intuition first. 

If leaders don’t understand or learn how to decode their own internal signals, they will miss these cues in their environment. This is a skill that needs to be developed over time. It’s a journey. Yet there are more resources than ever to learn the language of your own inner guidance system. You can start by simply asking “what’s my own internal feedback system telling me?” 

When you look back in hindsight at a tough decision you had to make, were there any signals that were speaking to you during the decision-making process? It’s important to start noting and tracking the specific ways that you receive information. This is your superpower. And looking back is the best way to start to decode your own intuitive language.

It is risky for anyone in a company to share a gut sense about business decisions that might be unpopular or seem out-of-nowhere. Leaders put themselves at even greater risk as every decision they make is more scrutinized. Yet for leaders to truly lead, they are required to lean into their own discomfort and be willing to make decisions that might not be well-received or might fail. 
 
The more a leader is willing to break the ice and model the behavior s/he expects to see, the more likely these values will be reflected in the company culture and others will learn that it’s ok to take risks, which is necessary for innovation to take place.

Leaders can foster intuitive decision making if they develop qualities such as receptivity, openness, vulnerability, curiosity, play, emotional intelligence, a willingness to not know, and making time to listen to their inner and outer environment. If they are not a living example of what they want to see on their teams, no one will take them seriously.
 
This is a great time to reflect: are you carving out time for reflective and strategic thinking? Are you facilitating meetings and solo time for thinking outside-the-box and encouraging others to do the same? When people come to you for answers, do you respond with questions that help others dig deeper into their own intuitive solutions? And most importantly, what are you doing to grow these skill sets in order to foster a transformative and innovative company culture?

For more information on how to facilitate more innovation with your teams, contact us at hello@three-hats.com!

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Part 4 of 4: Intuitive Decision Making That Sparks Innovation

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As many of you know, I’m writing a book, Decisive Intuition (out on shelves March 2019), that’s based on the premise that when we listen to and apply our intuitive intelligence alongside critical thinking and analysis, we make better, faster, and more holistic decisions in business. 

This leads to greater innovation and leadership as we include all of the data around us and are even more informed than just relying on what’s in our heads. This month’s series gives some insight into how you can apply your own intuition in any critical decision making process in your workplace (and beyond). And if you like what you read and want to see a workshop on this exact topic at SWSX 2019, scroll down to the bottom of this page and help us by voting this into existence!

Access Your Subconscious Mind for Greater Decision Making

In Part 1 of our series, we looked at engaging your conscious, rational mind for critical thinking around any workplace dilemma you are facing. Part 2 focused on accessing your heart intelligence. Part 3 focused on activating your gut intelligence. Today, we bring it all together. 

The Body Is Wiser Than The Mind

As we have neuroreceptors in every cell in our body, we need to tune into our whole body experience and be open to all of the data that we might be feeling and sensing in the middle of a business negotiation, a challenging management meeting, a key sales conversation, or any area of the business. 

Step 5: Engaging Your Whole Body Experience

Step 5 picks up where we left off in the last post after accessing the heart and gut centers of intelligence. 

This time, we are going to focus on the whole body and not a particular center. Even though we have three brains, we can also get information in any area of our body. 

Slow down your breath, and tune into your whole body. Do a body scan where you bring your attention to the top of your head and slowly move down the front and back side of your body all the way down to through your torso, legs and feet. The more you slow your breath down and bring your awareness to this exercise, the more present you will be to listen to the cues and signals that your body is revealing for you. 

Now ask the question that you are focusing on in your business, one more time. Re-state your decision, first in the positive, such as “I am asking for more funding,” and see what you notice. And then try the opposite, “I’m not asking for more funding,” and do the same. 

Drop your mental chatter about it all, and put your full attention on your whole body experience. Breathe here and listen for what information comes to you as you stay with the question. Notice what data you get simply by being with the wisdom of your body? 

After spending some time here, write down anything that comes to you. Data could come in the form of words, images, texture, warmth, coolness, sensations, etc. Typically one of the decisions will stand out to you more than the other, in terms of your inner cues and signals. And it could come in the form of a No which might look like a tightness, contraction, hearing or seeing the word No, or a bad feeling in your system. It could also come in the form of a yes where you might feel a warmth or sense of openness, lightness, or even an affirmation. 

The key is to begin to decode your own intuitive language and how your own inner guidance system speaks to you. The more you practice this, even on small decisions, the more accurate you will get as you build up this muscle for future ones. 

Write down what you notice without any judgment. Notice what stands out to you even if it doesn’t make sense to your rational mind. You are still just gathering data at this stage, so simply track all of what you are noticing from your whole body experience.

Integration

Lastly, take a step back and look over your notes from all the previous steps. As you look over your pros and cons list, the date you received from your heart, gut and whole body, what stands out as you review everything? What is most obvious to you at this stage in what you need to do?

Keep in mind, your intuitive intelligence doesn’t always guide you toward what is ‘comfortable’ or ‘easy.’ Sometimes the bigger picture is about leading your toward your next steps of growth or that for your company, which is often outside of your daily comfort zone. 

Your decision should be clear at this point. Even if it scares you. I’ve had great success with business leaders and teams who were willing to go through this intuitive decision-making process and in essence where on one-hand surprised by the results, s well as relieved, as it often confirmed their deeper intuitive intelligence that they were somewhat aware of already. 

If you find this helpful and think others would benefit, please vote for this two-hour workshop to be presented at SXSW in March 2019. Community voting accounts for 30% of the panel picking process and we would love your support and bringing this process to the wider masses. Please follow the link HERE to cast your vote. Thanks in advance for your support! 

Part 3 of 4: Intuitive Decision Making That Sparks Innovation

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As many of you know, I’m writing a book, Decisive Intuition (out on shelves March 2019), that’s based on the premise that when we listen to and apply our intuitive intelligence alongside critical thinking and analysis, we make better, faster, and more holistic decisions in business. 

This leads to greater innovation and leadership as we include all of the data around us and are even more informed than just relying on what’s in our heads. This month’s series gives some insight into how you can apply your own intuition in any critical decision making process in your workplace (and beyond). And if you like what you read and want to see a workshop on this exact topic at SWSX 2019, scroll down to the bottom of this page and help us by voting this into existence!

Access Your Subconscious Mind for Greater Decision Making

In Part 1 of our series, we looked at engaging your conscious, rational mind for critical thinking around any workplace dilemma you are facing. Part 2 focused on accessing your heart intelligence. Today, we go to the gut.  

As we described in Part 2, we all have three brains that inform our decision making, although we are often not conscious of this. 

The Gut Brain

The gut brain has over 500 million neurons in our gut, which is equivalent to the size of a cat’s brain. The gut can also learn and adapt and can form memories of its own. It’s the only known organ that can actually say no to the head brain and execute its own directives. 

The gut is related to courage and survival, both of which are important in business decision making. When the stakes are high, it’s critical to bring our gut wisdom to the conversation so that we are including not just what sounds good, but also what feels good when we get down to bare bones. 

Step 4: Engaging Your Gut Intelligence

Step 4 picks up where we left off in the last post after accessing your heart intelligence. 

This time, slow down your breath, and tune into your gut center. This alone begins to change your brain states as you slow down from your conscious mind to your deeper, subconscious mind, where your intuitive intelligence awaits you. 

Now continue to ask the question that you are focusing on, when it comes to making a key decision in your business. Re-state the dilemma you are facing, whether it’s firing an employee, changing jobs, or hiring a new marketing agency. State your decision, first in the positive, such as “I am going to move forward with this business deal,” and see what you notice. And then try the opposite, “I’m not going to move forward with this business deal,” and do the same. 

Drop your mental chatter about it all, and put your full attention on your gut center. Breathe here and listen for what information comes to you as you stay with the question. Notice what data you get simply by being with your gut intelligence. 

After spending some time here, write down anything that comes to you from engaging with your gut intuition. Data could come in the form of words, images, texture, warmth, coolness, sensations, etc. Typically one of the decisions will stand out to you more than the other, in terms of your inner cues and signals. 

Simply write down what you notice without any judgment. Notice what stands out to you even if it doesn’t make sense to your rational mind. You are only gathering data at this stage, so simply track all of what you are noticing from your gut center. Next week, we’ll integrate the whole process and complete the intuitive decision-making process to help you make faster and more holistic decisions.  

If you find this helpful and think others would benefit, please vote for this two-hour workshop to be presented at SXSW in March 2019. Community voting accounts for 30% of the panel picking process and we would love your support and bringing this process to the wider masses. Please follow the link HERE to cast your vote. Thanks in advance for your support! 

Part 2 of 4: Intuitive Decision Making That Sparks Innovation

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As many of you know, I’m writing a book, Decisive Intuition (out on shelves March 2019), that’s based on the premise that when we listen to and apply our intuitive intelligence alongside critical thinking and analysis, we make better, faster, and more holistic decisions in business. 

This leads to greater innovation and leadership as we include all of the data around us and are even more informed than just relying on what’s in our heads. This month’s series gives some insight into how you can apply your own intuition in any critical decision making process in your workplace (and beyond). And if you like what you read and want to see a workshop on this exact topic at SWSX 2019, scroll down to the bottom of this page and help us by voting this into existence!

Access Your Subconscious Mind for Greater Decision Making

In Part 1 of our series, we looked at engaging your conscious, rational mind for critical thinking around any workplace dilemma you are facing. While thinking through the pros and cons of any key business decision is critical, this is where most people stop. In order to access our deeper, innate intelligence, we have to interrupt our normal way of thinking and make time to access our subconscious mind. 

This is why Steve Jobs was famous for getting out of the office and walking around the block barefoot when he was faced with a strategic challenge. He would literally interrupt his routine and normal way of thinking, and which would create the space for a new perspective, and his intuition and subconscious to catch up with him. 

The Subconscious Mind: The World’s Best Computer (for now) 

Neuroscience shows that our subconscious mind processes 20 million bits of environmental stimuli per second. The conscious, rational mind only processes 40 bits per second. That’s like a 20-lane highway compared to a single dirt track. In other words, if you can interrupt your conscious mind and allow time for your subconscious to process information, you will make more intuitive connections with all the data you are receiving in your environment, not just the ones you are aware of. This is why only engaging your critical-thinking mind is so limiting. 

In fact, University of Amsterdam psychologist Ap Dijksterhuis and his colleagues confirmed the surprising powers of unconscious thought. In study after study, after participants were shown complex information in order to make a decision, the individuals who performed best were the ones who’s conscious mind was distracted temporarily so that the subconscious mind could take time to process information and make better, informed decisions. (Hodgkinson et al, Intuition in Organizations: Implications for Strategic Management, 2009). 

Our Three Brains

This next step involves accessing your Heart Brain. 

Your what, You may ask? That’s right, we have three brains. Besides our head brain, we also have neural networks in our heart and gut as well. This is why we sometimes feel information come through in our gut instinct or through our heart. There are somewhere between 40,000 and 120,000 neurons in the heart brain. And when we slow down our conscious thinking to access our other key centers of intelligence, we get a more well-rounded perspective on the decision at-hand.

Step 3: Engaging Your Heart Intelligence

Step 3 picks up where we left off in the last post, after walking you through the pros and cons of the decision you are facing in your business. Now we move into new territory from most decision-making models. 

Drop your pros and cons list and take a moment to close your eyes, slow down your breath, and tune into your heart center. This alone begins to change your brain states as you slow down from your conscious mind to your deeper, subconscious mind, where your intuitive intelligence awaits you. 

Now ask your question that you got clear about in the first post. State the very dilemma you are facing, whether it’s a hiring decision or if you should hold off on a product launch, etc. State this first in the positive, such as “I am hiring Steve,” and see what you notice. And then try the opposite, “I’m not going to hire Steve,” and do the same. 

The key here is to drop your mental chatter about it all, and put your full attention on your heart center. Breathe here and listen for what information comes to you as you stay with your question. Notice what data you get simply by being with your heart intelligence. 

After spending some time here, write down anything that comes to you from engaging with your heart intuition. Data could come in the form of words, images, texture, warmth, openness, contractions, coolness, sensations, etc. Typically one of the decisions will stand out to you more than the other, in terms of your inner cues and signals. 

Simply write down what you notice without any judgment. Next week, we’ll move onto your Gut Intelligence in our continued series on Intuitive Decision Making. 

If you find this helpful and think others would benefit, please vote for this two-hour workshop to be presented at SXSW in March 2019. Community voting accounts for 30% of the panel picking process and we would love your support and bringing this process to the wider masses. Please follow the link HERE to cast your vote. Thanks in advance for your support! 

Part 1 of 4: Intuitive Decision Making That Sparks Innovation

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As many of you know, I’m writing a book, Decisive Intuition (out on shelves March 2019), that’s based on the premise that when we listen to and apply our intuitive intelligence alongside critical thinking and analysis, we make better, faster, and more holistic decisions in business. 

This leads to greater innovation and leadership as we include all of the data around us and are even more informed than just relying on what’s in our heads. This month’s series gives some insight into how you can apply your own intuition in any critical decision making process in your workplace (and beyond). And if you like what you read and want to see a workshop on this exact topic at SWSX 2019, scroll down to the bottom of this page and help us by voting this into existence!

Step 1: Write down the business challenge you are currently facing

When you tackle a problem in your business or department, it’s important to get really clear and focused on the challenge in front of you. Start with brainstorming about the dilemma you are facing. Describe in detail what you are challenged with and write it all down.  

Then, turn your brainstorming into a specific question that highlights the business dilemma you are facing. The more detailed and clear you get about your question, the more you can concentrate on the solution. In other words, if your challenge is hard to articulate, you probably need to spend more time getting at the heart of what you are wanting an answer for. It could be as simple as, “Should I change jobs?” 

Step 2: Engage Your Mind

After you’ve gotten clear on your dilemma, the next step of intuitive decision making is about engaging your critical thinking and your conscious mind. 

As with any big decision in your business, you want to do your due diligence first and make sure you are considering all the angles of a situation that you are facing. And the bigger the decision, the more important it is to consider as many facts as possible. 

Whether you are contemplating a difficult hire, the timing of a product launch, spending more money on marketing, or moving forward with a bold, new strategy for your business, use your critical thinking and write down all the pros and cons of such a move. 

For example, you should now have a list of all of the positives of hiring this candidate, as well as all of the drawbacks that come with bringing this particular person on board. The more you can consider how this hiring decision will impact the team, the company culture, and moving the business forward to achieve its vision, the better. 

This is using your conscious, logical mind at what it does best: critical thinking. Now step back and look at your list of pros and cons. Take a moment to review this.

What jumps out at you? Do you have a majority of pros or cons? And no matter which side is more stacked, circle the details that are most critical. For instance, I might have 10 pros and 3 cons, but the cons are so big, that they outweigh the pros. Believe it or not, you are starting to engage your intuition here as you take a step back and let your subconscious mind connect the dots of what is most important. 

In next week’s article, we’ll go more deeply into how to get your conscious mind out of the way to engage your deeper subconscious, where your intuitive intelligence is found. This alone is a game changer in decision making. 

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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.