Master your Thinking with The Collaborative Thinking Gizmo


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Download it and experiment with it......Collaborative working starts with you, the individual. This gizmo is designed to help you uncover the thinking that helps, and hinders, your collaborative you can master your psychology to collaborate better than ever before.

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    1. 1. COLLABORATIVE THINKINGCollaborate better than ever before… …with just about anyone! your
    2. 2. background If you’re looking for proof that collaboration makes great things happen, look no further than The Beatles, Google, Apple, Microsoft, the discovery of DNA, and the invention of the aeroplane. So it’s right that organisations work hard to arrange their people in such a way that they can come together, create an output, and either keep creating a bigger and better output, or disband and move onto the next thing. Every individual who finds themselves as part of a collaboration is required to provide their input and share their knowledge to complete a critical task. But that makes it sound very mechanical, which couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to the reality of collaboration. When we bring the right people together at the right moment and when we put in place the right conditions for them to share their skills, knowledge and experience, we know those people can create amazing things. Sometimes they create solutions to problems, and sometimes they innovate, to create solutions to problems that don’t exist yet! When it’s done well, the output is greater than the sum of the parts, or to put it another way……. Organisations need people who want to collaborate and who can collaborate. © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 WHY COLLABORATE?
    3. 3. why RESULTS? Mastering your thinking means you can eliminate the frustrations that surface when you work with other people. You can eliminate the fear and uncertainty you might feel going into a collaboration. You can be more confident about your contribution and be at the top of your game more of the time. You can achieve better results! IT ALL STARTS WITH A THOUGHT Everything you do, every action you take, is just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the surface of what everyone else can see are the thoughts and the feelings that happen just before you take action. We can’t take any action without first having a thought. Thought always comes first. And then that one thing leads to another. So if you can ‘master your thinking’, understand your psychology and how it’s affecting what you do, you’re more likely to choose to behave in a way that is good for you, good for the group and good for the goal. This gizmo won’t tell you ‘how to…’ do anything. It will invite you to think about how your thoughts are affecting your interactions with other people and start to make your collaborations effortless. © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 MASTER YOUR THINKING?
    4. 4. WE’VE FOUND ANOTHER WAY….. ….so you can develop your individual collaborative skills. When you recognise the ingredients of a great collaboration and you combine it with a deeper understanding of how you think, feel and behave, you can show up in any situation that requires you to collaborate and do it effectively and effortlessly. why USE IT BECAUSE... It’s a super-simple self-evaluation. It’s an opportunity to pause & reflect. It provides a framework for exploring how you think, feel and ‘do’ collaboration. It will trigger your appreciation of how others think, feel and behave in the same situation. AND FOR TEAMS… Although we developed this tool with the individual in mind, it’s just as valuable to use with a group of people who work closely with each other. You could suggest that collaborative colleagues complete the evaluation, then uncover any similarities and differences between you. You’ll find it thought provoking and a good catalyst for conversations about working together more effectively. © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 USE THIS TOOL?
    5. 5. The following pages include a Self Evaluation Questionnaire. You’ll find a set of statements, brief descriptions and a rating scale. We whittled these statements down from a range of options we explored in the development of this tool. We settled on 16 characteristics that applied universally to collaboration. The choices are based on our experiences of working with others, of working with our clients, and our research in this area too. It’s always challenging to choose words that resonate for everyone, but as it’s designed just for you, you can interpret the statements to suit your circumstances. This isn’t a scientific psychometric test. Its purpose is to help you pause and think and consider how you do what you do, and explore the possibilities for approaching things differently, if you want to. GETTING STARTED step 1 Getting to grips with what ‘behaviour’ is, how we describe it, how we notice it, can be difficult at times. This tool is a way of accessing that information and working back to the point where it becomes clearer the extent to which your thinking is influencing your experience of collaboration. Now it’s time to think about you. Read each statement on the following two pages and give yourself a rating on the scale from 0 to 10. Zero indicates that you disagree completely with the statement and how it applies to you. A rating of 10 indicates total agreement. As you consider each statement, note down your natural, consistent response, the one that describes you most of the time. Try to avoid rating according to how you'd 'like' to be or how you think you 'should' be. self evaluation © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014
    6. 6. I take preparation seriously & do what’s required to be ready Your inclination to whole heartedly dive into the collaborative process with no hesitation, fully prepared to give everything you can to achieve a positive outcome with the group. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I demonstrate endless curiosity Your ability to ask questions, listen intently, wonder why and what if…. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I find it easy to show empathy Your ability to relate to other people, putting yourself in their shoes and seeing things from their unique point to view 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 self evaluation COLLABORATIVE THINKING 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 I stay focused on creating value for the group Being alert and actively seeking out the many opportunities to share your skills and add value to the discussions that take place, and the actions that are agreed by the group. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I show courage in situations where I need to speak my mind Being clear about what you think, speaking up and always telling the truth as you see it, however uncomfortable it might feel sometimes. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 My commitment to the ‘group’ is unwavering Putting the group first when it could be easy to let other priorities get in the way of your contribution 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I serve every member of the ‘group’ by always giving them my undivided attention Being fully present when collaborating and not allowing anything to distract you from making a full contribution. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I know why I’m involved & I’m clear about the goal Being curious, asking questions and having a clear vision of the outcome that your collaborative efforts are intended to achieve. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014
    7. 7. I fervently uphold the standards agreed by the group Meeting these standards personally and respectfully holding others to account when they fall short of what has been agreed. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 self evaluation COLLABORATIVE THINKING 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 I act with integrity and always keep my promises Being driven by strong moral principles means doing the right thing, acting on your commitments and delivering on what you say you will do, to the standard and timescales agreed by the group. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I am appreciative of what others contribute & I express it Respecting and actively appreciating the diversity of the group and the unique contribution of every member of the group in the ay that I treat them. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I am consistent and reliable in the way I work with others How you ‘show up’ every time. Do you make it easy for others to know what to expect from you, is it easy to predict how you will react or are you sometimes unpredictable? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I am comfortable showing my vulnerability to the ‘group’ Feeling comfortable enough to admit when you don’t know something or have got something wrong, or when you’re experiencing an emotion (e.g. apprehension, insecurity, anger or fear). 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I show humility in front of the ‘group’ Knowing that you are just one part of the group, that other people will sometimes know more than you and that you are not always right about everything. Letting go of your own sense of self importance. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I can be trusted, totally, in any situation Being consistently honest and truthful so others know that you are as good as your word and above suspicion. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I’m brave enough to be challenging when it really matters Challenging what is said and done to keep things on track and focused on your goal, not for the sake of it or just because you don’t personally agree with what is being said, but because the group benefits as a whole. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014
    8. 8. A SNAPSHOT... Now you’ve completed your ratings, transfer the scores onto the table on the next page by shading the boxes. You can see an example here. See what pattern emerges and how your ratings are distributed. There are no right or wrong answers here. You’ve simply completed an honest evaluation in response to the statements, and that gives you a snapshot of your approach to collaboration at this point in time. What you do next with the information is what’s important. step 2 © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 ACTIVE REFLECTION
    9. 9. step 2 Use this space to summarise your personal ratings. What patterns are emerging? What do you notice? © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 Preparation Goal Curiosity Empathy Value Courage Commitment Attention Challenge Vulnerability Humility Standards Integrity Appreciation Consistent Trustworthy ACTIVE REFLECTION
    10. 10. step 3 On the next page you’ll find an example of how you can explore the thinking behind each of your ratings. Select 2 or 3 to focus on initially. You’re not looking for reasons to justify your ratings; you’re exploring what happens just before you act, just before the behaviour happens. Work out, as objectively as you can, what the observable behaviour is, and describe it in a few words. Then work backwards and again, in a few words that make sense to you, write down the feeling and the thinking that happen just before the behaviour. Once you've explored the current reality, work through the alternatives. If you were to behave in a new way, what feeling and thoughts would you need to have to make that happen? Start with the boxes labelled #1 in the centre of the template and follow each of the instructions in the numerical sequence. Note: This approach will probably be unfamiliar and you might not have considered your behaviour in this way before. That’s OK, be prepared for it to be a little alien and uncomfortable. But do stick with it, and see what occurs to you as you progress with the activity. © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 BACK TO THOUGHT
    11. 11. COLL step 3 Here’s the Curiosity example to illustrate how you can use this template. Experiment by working on it on your own then have a conversation with a trusted colleague or friend to explore it further. Whatdo you notice thatyou do? What’s the behaviour you’re awareof? Whatfeelingsdo you notice when you behave thatway? Whatdo you haveto think to makethefeeling happen? Whatwould you liketodo insteadof#1? What does a 10 looklike? How wouldyou have to feel tomake thathappen? Andwhat willyou be thinking tofeel thatway? Collaboratingwith…ENDLESS CURIOSITY Quiet Contributing freely Distracted Disruptive Fully engaged Stimulated Involving others in discussion Interested © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 BACK TO THOUGHT
    12. 12. step 3 Choose a statement and a rating that you want to explore further. Use this template, just as you saw in the example on the previous page. Work through the stages. Capture your insights. What do they tell you? Collaboratingwith… © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 BACK TO THOUGHT
    13. 13. step 4 YOUR PRIORITIES Capture the headlines that describe the aspects of collaboration that you’ll be focusing on next…… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014 WHAT’S NEXT?
    14. 14. This is a ‘snapshot’ of your collaborative mind-set today. Here are some suggestions that will help you to keep tuned in to continually upgrading your collaborative approach in the future. During your next collaborations you may well start to notice some of the behaviours and thinking you’ve explored here. Start to notice how you, and the others around you, demonstrate them. Think about how you collaborate at least once a day, maybe just before you’re about to step onto a collaborative situation. Choose a behaviour or a focus for the time you are collaborating and experiment with it to see what happens. Now you have a better understanding of your personal approach to collaboration, take the opportunity to share your thoughts with the other people that you collaborate with. Look for opportunities to get feedback from others who know you well to check your self perception. We’d also recommend that you revisit the tool in 3 months time to see what’s changed and what’s remained the same, allowing you to track your progress. At other times use it as a reference guide. STAYING TUNED IN step 5 © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014
    15. 15. YOUR NOTES a place for “Whenwe collaborate,creativityunfoldsacrosspeople;the sparks fly fasterandthe wholeis greaterthanthe sum of itsparts” KeithSawyer,authorof GroupGenius, TheCreativePowerof Collaboration © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014
    16. 16. If you’re curious about how you can collaborate better than ever before in your organisation you can talk to us at any time about your needs and we’ll see how we can help. We work in a variety of ways designed to suit you, but always with the same five steps in mind. We help you and your teams…… • To define clear outcomes • To strategise your actions • To master your psychology • To upgrade your skills • And to optimise your environment ABOUT US a little bit © The Clear Thinking Partnership Ltd 2014