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Better Thinking by Not Thinking: Accessing your Unconsciousness - Liz Guthridge

Better Thinking by Not Thinking:  Accessing your Unconsciousness - Liz Guthridge | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"Where do you do your best thinking? Anywhere but your desk, if you’re like most knowledge workers and leaders. And probably not at work either. Not thinking, but relaxing into your unconscious can produce better thinking."

 

Change colleague Liz Guthridge has a winner of a post on accessing quality thinking by simply not thinking for a spell.  Techniques of mindful meditation, rest (or siesta, as I'd prefer from my Argentine side), as well as just stepping away for a break can contribute to a fresh view and insights from the deep well of our unconscious. ~ DN

 

Excerpts:

 

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Individuals tend to get good ideas while driving, exercising, reading, meditating or talking to others.

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That’s because we automatically tap into our unconsciousness to do most of our thinking. It doesn’t require effort on our part, as David Rock explains. Even better, our unconsciousness—which can seem as vast as the Milky Way—makes powerful connections for us.

  

...Offices are not brain-friendly settings.

  

Her steps to access include:

  

1. Quiet your brain. Start by putting aside all of the electronic gadgets that stimulate you and your brain. You also may want to close your eyes.

  

2. Let your mind wander. (DN:  Mindfulness practices teaches us to observe thoughts, but to NOT engage them.)

  

3. Put yourself in a positive state. 

 

4. Do something else other than work on the issue, problem or dilemma you’re facing. 

  

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Read Liz's post in full here, which includes my commentary on accessing both the Jungian appreciation of the unconcious and using tools, like the MBTI used at the second level of functioning.


~  Deb


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These Are The Top 10 Innovation Myths

These Are The Top 10 Innovation Myths | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs aren't the only game changers.

 

Scott Anthony and colleague Josh Suskewicz came up with 10 innovation myths that they  encounter most often in the field.

 

The 10 MYTHS include:

> Innovation is random  

See the Proctor & Gamble innovation post in this curation stream as well as the Top 10 Myths list by Scott and Josh.

 

> You're either an innovator or you're not  (Glad to hear about nuture vs. nature.)

 

> Game changing innovation is done only by entrepreneurs  

(What a relief to see this one, as this is about intitutional innovation.)

   

Scott Anthony is the Managing Director of Innosight Ventures and has written three books on innovation, the latest being The Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times.

 

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Paul Conneally: Digital humanitarianism | Video on TED.com

TED Talks The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts....



Paul Geisen illustrates hand-held, mobile technology and open source software as new, powerful humanitarian tools for disaster response including coordinating efforts. Collaborating.
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Remodel Your Meetings To Create Internal Entrepreneurs | Fast Company

Remodel Your Meetings To Create Internal Entrepreneurs | Fast Company | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Imagine going to work on a Monday, only to find that everything in your work environment changed overnight. The corporate reception area is gone, along with the receptionist, who could barely be bothered to acknowledge the likes of you, anyway.

 

In less than two hours, everything is radically transformed. Each new idea is nurtured, explored and tested rather than flatly rejected with one negative cliché after another. The glass is suddenly perceived as half-full rather than relegated to its usual half-empty status.  

 

...BlackBerries and iPhones are turned off. ...There are no emails. The focus is absolute.

 

Good ideas are immediately locked in. People claim responsibility for tasks. Small groups are formed to set plans in motion.

 

Deadlines are set for the next month, as opposed to the next year. After the meeting, everyone leaves with a one-page summary of all the decisions.

 

Read on for some great inspiration and possibly, "it could happen here!"

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