THE TEN COMPONENTS OF A THINKING ENVIRONMENT

Attention:
Listening to people with palpable respect and without interruption. The quality of your listening determines the quality of other’s thinking

Equality:
Treating each other as thinking peers, giving equal turns and attention and keeping agreements, promises and boundaries

Ease:
Offering freedom from internal rush or urgency. Ease creates – urgency destroys.

Appreciation:
Practising a 5:1 ratio of appreciation to criticism. People can take on board criticism when in a supportive and appreciative environment.

Encouragement:
Moving beyond internal competition to understand that being better than does not make something good.

Feelings:
Allowing sufficient emotional release to restore thinking: fear constricts everything, especially thinking.

Information:
Supplying the facts rather than withholding or denying information.

Diversity:
Providing a full and accurate picture of reality by examining from many perspectives. Reality is diverse, thus a narrow view point denies some of reality.

Incisive Questions:
Removing assumptions that limit ideas. Asking incisive questions to remove limiting beliefs and assumptions.

Place:
Creating a physical environment that says to people “You matter”. When their environment affirms their importance, people will think and act more boldly.

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