Facilitating Innovation With Teams Part 3: Encouraging Intuitive Thinking


Over these four weeks, we are covering a four-step process on how to inspire your team to think outside the box and contribute to your goals from their intuitive intelligence, resulting in more creativity and innovation. Part 1 we looked at how Leaders Go First. Part 2 focused on building Safety and Trust within your company culture. Today we focus on encouraging intuitive thinking from your teams.

Encouraging Intuition

Now that you have established a baseline of safety and trust to take risks on your team or within your company, the next step involves encouraging innovation and creative thinking.

This means that no idea is too crazy or ‘out there.’ For your staff to take risks, they need to feel the freedom and respect that they can fling pasta on the wall and see what sticks. The more you can facilitate a non-judgmental space you will get ideas that you couldn’t have reached on your own.

In fact, you might need to bite your tongue and go last as you let your team take front and center stage with their ideas and possibilities. You will have time to bring in the practical elements like budgets and other constraints later, but for now, let them brainstorm and feed off the collective energy in the room.

Gut Check

If a meeting is running off the tracks, help everyone refocus and have them literally stop, and check-in with their gut. When ideas are swirling around and attention spans are waning, call a time-out and have everyone re-group and check-back in with their own innate intelligence and what they are sensing in the room.

Whenever I’ve paused the normal flow of conversation and invited staff to feel into their gut sense, they almost always know what needs to happen next. They just might require help gaining the courage to take action, or clarify the forty steps to get to their destination.

Personal Time

Igniting intuitive decision making requires a balance between personal, reflective time, as well as bringing everyone together and harnessing the collective wisdom of the group. And as mentioned, the more you become the change that you want to see, the more people will follow your lead.

Whether it’s for five minutes or three hours, personal time well spent is critical. Carving-out solo-time for slowing down, accessing your deeper subconscious mind, and approaching a situation from a fresh perspective is necessary for innovation.

As strategic thinking accesses different parts of our brain, we need that time and space to sink deeper within ourselves and discover what’s waiting for us. This means eliminating distractions, finding a suitable and inspiring environment, and allowing time to focus and go within. It’s also important to encourage staff to make this quality time as well.

Group Dynamics

Once team members have made some time for personal reflection and clarity, it’s incredibly powerful to bring everyone together to brainstorm and discuss strategy. There’s a creative element that only happens in a collective field and people can bounce ideas off of each other.

Staff members who feel included and respected, are willing to give their best and contribute toward the greater good of the team.

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