Are you someone that finds it hard to keep quiet even when you really know you should?
Do you find yourself almost sitting on your hands and biting your tongue thinking I know I know?
Do you get frustrated when you spend lots of time sharing ideas only to find no-one implements them?
What happens to working, learning and even leading at your best when you are like that?
If this sounds like you and you would like to understand:
- How to stop the clock ticking, chill and yet be more productive, read on..
Our very own GB athletes demonstrated this year the awareness we all need to lead discussions at our best. The Olympic Opening Ceremony, provided the team with a once in a life time opportunity and yet they chose to step out and be quiet, taking action that would benefit their performance.
The same can be said about discussions with your team. You have to know when it is better to be quiet and allow the space for productive thinking to happen.
Of course equally vital is knowing when to break the silence but today we are focusing on being quiet.
One of the fundamental principles of Extreme Listening for Productive Thinking, is to be okay with silence and allowing the answer to emerge, noticing the signs when thinking has stopped and an opportunity to ask another question appears. Providing you with the chance to take their thinking to another level.
When you take a break what happens to your productivity and effectiveness?
It is just the same with discussions, everyone knows the answer that is right for them right now. Give them time to find it and their own self belief, self worth and self confidence will rise along with their energy and productivity.
Plus when you only have to remember 19 questions and a few simple principles you will find your own energy levels will rise. Your own mind will be free to be creative and will no longer be bogged down with other people’s problems.
Try taking a break for a few minutes from asking or making suggestions and notice what happens next.
How to lead a team successfully.
Formula one drivers take pit stops, and breaks between seasons and races. The drivers often take time out and do something totally different. For example: Jenson Button often does triathlons.
Albert Einstein used to take naps to enhance his thinking. He often got his brilliant ideas when taking a nap!
For me I have found that doing physical exercise each morning helps me to engage and focus on the day ahead. it is when my ideas come for blogs etc .
Notice over the next few days how long you can wait before you have to speak?
Let us know how you get on. I am curious are all people who like to talk also bad at taking time off? (another form of break)
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What is happening at Step by Step Listening?
We still have a bed spare if you want to join us for our summer Power Group Retreat. A space for you to have plenty of time to consider your answers and discover resources and strategies to work, learn and lead at your best. Plus experience and become familiar with this powerful discussion model.