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One of reasons why this technique works is because instead of gathering your team and accusing them of poor performance, thus setting scene for blame or denial, you are in fact asking questions that give people opportunity to examine their performance without feeling threatened or singled out. By asking questions you might find that “poor performance” is caused by fact that people feel obliged to work late each night and are exhausted. This problem is comparatively easy to solve because, unlike “general poor performance” it is clearly definable.
It’s important to carry out this exercise with all people involved. It’s also important to make it a safe and open forum so that people feel free to contribute without thinking that one wrong answer with generate a P45.
Active Daydreaming. One main difference between way Einstein thought and way most other people think is that his method was more disciplined. Take a moment to consider what you think about in a typical day. What are chances of you generating your theory of relativity based on what presently occupies your mind? Give yourself a mark from 1 to 10 (1 being – no chance: 10 being – I would have but Einstein just happened to get there first!)
Using your imagination and thinking processes constructively while you solve problems gives your mind “stuff” it needs to be productive (create new ideas) as distinct from re-productive (create more of old).
Using Active Daydreaming. Do this exercise with a colleague or use a tape recorder.
·First, write down in a single sentence problem you are working on. ·Set a timer for as much time as you can afford ·Sit back, close your eyes, breathe deeply and relax. ·State your problem and desired outcome out loud, and then describe all images and thoughts that come into your head. Just start to talk. It doesn’t matter what images or thoughts are; don’t disregard anything. It is important to speak out loud for two reasons, one, you wont miss anything, two, you are more likely to stay awake and focused! ·Carry on at least until clock goes off or when you have come across an answer or idea that you sense might warrant further investigation. ·Take a short break then listen to tape or study notes your colleague made. ·Then, organise your thoughts. ·If you worked with a colleague swap over. Once you have both carried out exercise, compare notes.
Have fun with your brain :-)
Tina Konstant is an author and professional speaker on subjects including speed-reading and learning. Previous publications include "Teach Yourself Speed-reading" and "Successful Speed-reading in a week", both published by Hodder and Stoughton, "Mental Space", published by Pearson and "The Ultimate Speed-reading E-Book" published on http://www.TinaKonstant.com