Nancy Kline’s Time to Think

Caroline Morris is a certified Time to Think facilitator and uses the Thinking Environment components in all of her coaching activity.  The Thinking Environment is premised on the “The quality of our attention determines other people’s quality of thinking”.  We spend a lot of time competing for air time, in a competitive dialogue trying to get our point across.  The Thinking Environment allows you the space and time to think without the fear of being interrupted.  It gives practical approaches and techniques to allow teams and groups to work more effectively together.  It allows internal and external thinkers alike the opportunity to express themselves.

How often do you get the chance to speak out loud without fear of interruption?

We are so often competing for the time to speak that we are not properly listening to each other, rather we are waiting for our time to jump in and so not giving the speaker our full attention.  Our time with each other is important, we are out our most effective when we are able to think things through without fear of interruptions and that we all have an equal amount of time to speak..

“Sometimes the best thing we can do for another human being is to listen to them without interruption.”  Nancy Kline

Why choose Wide Eyed?

Wide Eyed Group was founded by Caroline Morris, an executive coach and business consultant with 20 years of technical business experience and a proven record in helping companies tap into hidden leadership talent within their organisations.

By empowering individuals with practical advice and helping them to transform the culture of their workplace, Caroline helps businesses to maximise productivity and get more from their teams. Her consultancy services are accredited by the International Coach Federation.

Improve your team’s listening and attention skills

Find out how our Time to Think Facilitation services could transform your business:

Time to Think Transformational Meeting Workshop

 

This important training programme gives teams the techniques they need to support enhanced listening skills and help those who are often not heard.

Being able to listen is critical to the success of any team, creating balance between external thinkers or those who take up more of their fair share of speaking time, and those who are more introspective and require uninterrupted time in which to share their thoughts.

This is not just about listening without intent to reply, but listening with curiosity and intent to understand, and noticing when some of the group have not had their chance to share their perspective.

The programme will teach the following Thinking Environment components:

  • Thinking Pairs
  • Thinking Rounds
  • Open Discussion
  • Thinking Dialogue
  • Thinking Councils
  • Presentations

This workshop is for you:

  • If you are not feeling heard within your organisation.
  • If you find it difficult not to interrupt.
  • If you and the team are wanting to encourage diversity: including diverse and different thinking and perspectives.
  • If you would like to try out a different way of engaging with the team, that will enhance the outcomes of any interactions.
  • If distractions are getting in the way of the conversation.
  • If conflict exists and is not being managed.

The outcomes of this workshop:

  • Begins the journey of full attention and a different, more curious style of listening.
  • Learn the Time to Think principles to be able to use them in meetings and other interactions.
  • Recognise the impact of interrupting and competitive conversations.
  • Leverage the Thinking Environment to solve problems.
  • Remove unwanted distractions from the room, to make meetings more effective.
  • Encourage a meeting culture in which questions are answered rather than updates given.
  • Comfort and acceptance of different points of view and perspectives.
  • Identify how you will support each other after the workshop

The training and supporting documentation allows this approach to be leveraged in all subsequent meetings.

 

Mentoring Programmes

Mentoring is an essential aspect of people’s development and the role of Mentor can be a very rewarding activity.

This mentoring Programme draws on the Time to Think principles.  During the session, you will learn the 10 components of the Time to Think and how these can be leveraged to enhance the Mentoring experience for both the Mentor and Mentee. 

This workshop is intended for both the Mentor and Mentee and will clearly define the roles and responsibilities for each.

 

  • Thinking Pairs
  • Asking open questions
  • Sharing your experiences
  • Thinking Dialogue

This workshop is for you:

  • If you want to be a mentor and have not fulfilled this role, or have and want to reflect on how to be a more effective mentor.
  • If as the Mentee you are not clear on the purpose of a mentoring engagement and what it can give you.
  • If you would like a Mentoring relationship based on equality in which both parties gain from the interaction.
  • If you would like to try out a different way of engaging with your mentor/mentee.

The outcomes of this workshop:

  • Begins the journey of full attention and a different more curious style of listening for mentoring.
  • Learn the Time to Think principles to be able to use them in Mentoring meeting.
  • Recognise the impact of interrupting and competitive conversations.
  • Leverage the Thinking Environment to solve problems using open questions and storytelling.

 

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