Establish a “permission zone” that empowers your people with the freedom to confront the hard topics and the confidence to challenge assumptions in how your organization “always” does things. This change in perspective results in massive new opportunities to elevate your business.
MORE IDEAS FROM THEARTICLE
One of the best ways to get the very best ideas for your organization and tap into the power of the crowd is by encouraging active debate at all levels of the organization.
At McKinsey, you are supposed to feel profoundly unsettled if people around you are not engaged in debate, challenging your ideas. Junior-level staffers are empowered to challenge their senior advisors, as long as it helps to create a more innovative solution.
To ensure that the best ideas really do win, you can encourage employees to debate with facts and data, rather than with personal criticism.
Steve Jobs of Apple has compared the process of organizational debate to a rock tumbler, in which the process of grinding up rocks makes a lot of noise and friction, but what comes out is beautiful and refined.
Setting clear boundaries between personal and work lives is key to maintaining flow and good mental health. The alternative creates mental clutter, a difficulty to think straight and focus due to disorganization.
Mental clutter means you rarely rest or feel truly satisfied. Set boundaries, properly manage your time and reduce your emotional reactivity to develop your focus, thus reducing mental clutter.
At its core, an argument consists of a conclusion and one or more premises, or claims.
“We have a repository of information about a color. For example, the color blue is almost always associated with blue skies, which when we are children is a positive thing — it means playing outside and fun. Evolutionarily it also means there are no storms to come. This is why it is reminds us of stability and calm.”
Leatrice Eiseman, color specialist.
❤️ Brainstash Inc.