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Creating Time & Space for Thinking

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Think about the last person you hired. What did you hire them for? As Lynda Curtin, our opening keynoter for Conference 2010 says, “the only reason people have jobs today is because of their ability to think.” Chances are, that’s why you hired your last employee.

Now, take a moment to think about the environment they are working in. Is it the kind of environment that effectively uses that ability to think? One of the biggest complaints we hear from employees today is “I don’t have time to think anymore!”

With thinking performance being a key driver of organizational health and productivity, this is a big problem! How do we create the kind of healthy environment that gives people the time and space to do their best thinking, and hence, tap into our organization’s best thinking?

Here are a few suggestions….I’d love to hear some of yours!

  • Encourage (and model) breaks at work – wellness (a.k.a. coffee) breaks, and eating lunch somewhere other than at your desk. Encouraging the act of taking a break will go a long way in increasing creative thinking and productivity.
  • Take steps to reduce email clutter, which can save your employees an hour or more a day. Setting corporate guidelines about email use has helped many organizations “take back the hour”. (For more ideas see “Managing Your E-Mail: Thinking Outside the Inbox by Christina Cavanagh.)
  • Create a learning organization culture – at the Health Work & Wellness™ Group, we’ve been working on this for years – learning from all of our experiences – good and bad — and applying those learnings to how we do business.
  • Creating time and space for brainstorming, innovation and creativity – this might mean making some big changes to how your meetings are run. I’m so looking forward to Lynda Curtin’s post-conference workshop this year on leading “high-performance thinking during meetings!”

O.K. – these are just a few ideas that came to mind. What ideas can you share with us? How do you create time and space for thinking in your organization?

deborahconnors

Posted by: deborahconnors on May 24th, 2010


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