25 unconventional coaching and facilitation tools to surprise and delight
This unconventional tool relies on the fact that our brain is a meaning making machine, and if we tell it that it will find a solution within a book - it will find one. (It also assumes that conventional thinking has been unable to provide a solution, and is why I often consider the applicability of an unconventional tool or two in any situation I'm wanting more clarity on, because they provide us with a different perspective).
Yes you read right - think of a situation you'd like more clarity and insight on, open a book, any book, and notice what you notice. You may just be surprised.
I have used this in creativity sessions in procurement workshops a lot over the last year, and one group were so surprised they'd found a solution so easily they kept opening the book to try to find catch the process out, and got more and more annoyed that it kept on working.
Let me show you how it works........
Think of an issue you'd like more clarity on, and let's see what these festive books have to offer:
I'll highlight what I notice, and yet you may find you may notice something different even from the short extracts I've provided:
"Mr Muddle had decorated himself (not the tree)" My take on these words and the image is, how can I make it less about me, and put the focus back on where it should be? That is, I need to focus on the task in hand not spend time worrying about whether I look or sound the part or not!
"admiration and gratitude" and took the picture accordingly, and wondered if it was inviting me to get back into writing a daily gratitude log to get me into noticing all the good things I already have in my life. Which links to the post from Window 10.
As I posted the image here I noticed "single-minded" and think that feels aligns with the earlier comment about focusing on what needs to get done - especially with Christmas approaching! What can be left until January, and what needs to done before I leave for my Festive break?
In short, I'm taking away the need to:
- Stop and put everything down first
- Focus on the task in hand
- Have patience
- Access an appropriate state of mind and body for the task in hand
- Ensure the environment supports the desired outcome
- Keep things simple, decide what needs to be done now and what can wait
- Focus on what I'm good at
What did you take away from this exploration of a few festive reads?
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Earlier in the year I applied some of the unconventional tools shared in this series of advent posts to common procurement challenges - more here.