I’ve come up with two ways to encourage fast thinking in teams. My next blog post offers exercises to encourage slow thinking in meetings. These two pieces may be useful to read in tandem.
Firstly my two exercises for encouraging fast thinking – listen as I explain both in greater detail: Fast Thinking In Teams.
1. Associate Ideas
Instruct the group to keep the dialogue moving around the room without hesitation. The idea is simply to get associative memory going within the group. Keep going round the room allowing each person in turn to shout out a word or two that they associate with the words used by the person before them. Avoid judging. Simply respond. After ten minutes pull the group back together and begin to address an item on your agenda or a relevant business issue. Notice what happens as people rationalise and think through ideas.
2. Three Assessments
Pause any regular meeting after 45 minutes and ask everyone to quickly write down three assessments of what just happened during the meeting.
- Are things going well?
- Do you understand what we are being asked to consider?
- What is your gut reaction to what has been presented so far?
Tally the yes and no responses and gut reactions. Decide how to carry the meeting forward from there, adjusting if necessary.