Creating a Thinking Environment

“The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first” Nancy Kline. The thinking environment programme, developed by Nancy Kline, over more than 35 years of studying human interaction and behavior is based on what needs to be present in order for each individual in a team or group to think well for themselves.

The Ten Components of a Thinking Environment allows participants to understand how they can set others free to think magnificently well and in return experience the total freedom of knowing that you are not simply being heard but that others are giving you their undivided generative listening.

While each component in itself is powerful, it is the presence of all ten components that allows the transformation process in each individual and group member to evolve organically and have a profound impact.

Transforming meetings

According to research 9 out of 10 people daydream in a meetings. More than 25% of meeting times are spent discussing irrelevant issues. More than 50% of people find meetings to be unproductive and more than 70% of employees do other work in meetings.

The reality that meeting time becomes a wasted cost for organisations. When we consider that;

  • Employees from management to executive level spends more than 40 – 50% of their times in meetings
  • Over a year the amount of time spent in wasted meetings could add up to two months per year wasted due to unnecessary or poorly run meetings
  • Approximately 33% of all meetings are wasted

Our workshop will help you to transform your meetings into a time of complete and powerful engagement for ALL participants. Starting with an overview of the ten components to create and maintain a Thinking Environment.

Time to think Councel

The workshop is focused on problem solving. Too often one person faces a challenge that they do not know how to overcome or even start to address. The Time to Think Council allows the individual or organisations to tap into the collective wisdom of the group to think through these challenges and to come up with potential solutions. In this workshop participants learn:

  • How to unpack the issue to get to the real question that they want to have answered
  • All participants to offer their experience in facing similar or related challenges, without telling the person what to do
  • How to give guidance without giving advice
  • How to use the ten components of the thinking environment to present the challenge, clarify the real question or challenge, engage with the group and reflect on a possible way forward.
  • How to clarify assumptions that may be behind any efforts they may have tried without success

Presentation skills

Every time a person speaks in a meeting they are “presenting” their ideas and thinking. Almost every meeting has a formal presentation of some sort. Presentations are done informally and formally. Yet one of the greatest fears people have is speaking in front of an audience. This programme develops people’s skills to;

  • Understand how to create a Thinking Environment where they focus on their freshest thinking rather than their fear of speaking
  • How to create a connection with their audience
  • How to ensure that your audience remains engaged and continues to think during the presentation
  • How to use or not use technology (PowerPoint)
  • How to use illustrations, graphs, pictures etc. to complement what you say

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