Powerful Thinking Methods for Better Meetings and Decisions
What you'll learn
- How to facilitate highly effective Meetings which deliver better decisions faster
- The Six Hats Method - based on ideas in the book, Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono
- The Disney Method - a structured brainstorm method for generating and refining creative ideas
- Improve meeting management, reduce conflict, speed up meetings and deliver better outcomes
- Ensure a rounded view and so increase buy-in to decisions made.
- Advance your career with better meeting management skills
- Learn from the ideas of great innovators like Walt Disney and Edward De Bono
- Learn how Amazon and the NHS run meetings to get better results and faster decisions
Have you ever been to a meeting and left it frustrated by not having the chance to really express your ideas? Perhaps it was because of poor facilitation, dominant stronger voices or even a fear of the boss? Many meetings are dysfunctional, rambling and ineffective. Conflict, politics, power plays and posturing can all lead to frustration in meetings. Would you like to run meetings which are efficient, effective and decisive? This course explains two powerful methods where people think in parallel rather than in adversarial ways. By adopting a similar thinking style delegates are able to overcome the conflicts, inefficiencies and problems often seen in conventional meetings.
The Six Hats Method is a technique which gets the whole group thinking with the same outlook at the same time. It is based on ideas in the book, Six Thinking Hats, written by Edward De Bono and published in 1985. This method is proven to reduce conflict, ensure a rounded view, speed up the meeting and deliver better decisions. It has been used in board rooms, committee metings, jury rooms and business discussions in order to give an efficient structure to the meeting and to ensure that all points of view are heard in a constructive manner. It leads to faster and better decisions. Another benefit is that you get better implementation buy-in because everyone has participated and had their input heard.
The Disney Method is a creativity technique attributed to Walt Disney. It leads a group to adopt four different viewpoints of a problem and so to generate, critique and refine creative solutions. It is a structured brainstorm which delivers innovative but practical solutions.
Two other meeting methods are briefly explained. The NHS method is a simple and practical approach. It is used to speed up meetings and decision making in the NHS in the UK. The Amazon method is used at meetings where improtant deicisons are needed. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is a strong advocate of this approach which starts with a silent period of reading and reflection.
This short course shows you exactly how and when to use these methods. It will make you a much better facilitator of meetings. It will speed up meetings and you will be pleased to see your meetings deliver effective outcomes in a very positive manner. These essential management tools will help you in your career.
N.B. Six Thinking Hats is a trademark of the company Edward De Bono Ltd.
Who this course is for:
- Business professionals, students, trainers, meeting facilitators, managers.
Paul Sloane gained a first class degree in Engineering from Cambridge University. He came top of Sales School at IBM. He went on to become a Marketing Director, Managing Director and CEO of software companies. He has written over 20 books which have sold over 2 million copies in total. His most popular books are entitled:
How to Be a Brilliant Thinker
The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills
Think like an Innovator
Lateral Thinking Puzzlers.
Paul runs leadership and innovation master classes with top corporations around the world. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University, Lancaster University, Henley Business School and the Mumbai Institute of Technology. His Tedx talk is available on Youtube. It is entitled 'Are your Open-Minded?' He is a facilitator at Bracknell Careers Springboard where he helps job-seekers get back into work.