Free Flow Management (see previous blog post ) creates freedom for your team, encouraging innovation and the flow of ideas. There are times, as a manager, when you want to start from scratch and find completely new approaches and solutions in your work. One of the most effective tools I have found for this is visioning.
Visioning is an intuitive process that lets go of mind chatter and allows your team to innovate. Say for example, you are looking for a solution to a design problem or are looking to find a new approach for customer service, visioning may be a useful tool for you and your team to get there.
It is best to keep visioning simple. Bring your team together, for about 30 minutes, in a place where you will not be interrupted. Prior to the meeting, design 3 to 4 general questions relating to what you want to do. For example, how do we solve the water retention issue in our design or what is the best incentive we can give our customers. Open the meeting by saying that the visioning is intended to quiet the mind and access intuitive knowledge. You will be asking a series of questions. The team should trust their intuition and pay attention to the first thing that comes in their mind – it may be a word, a feeling, a picture – they should not judge, just allow it to come. There is no right or wrong. If nothing comes, that’s okay, too. Sometimes, it takes time to acclimate to visioning. Team members can have a notebook, if they want to write.
When ready, ask everyone to center themselves quietly. Suggest they close their eyes. Sometimes team members can be uneasy with this. At a minimum, there should be no conversation during the visioning. Then, ask your questions with a few minutes in between each one. Once the visioning is over, ask team members to share what they have visioned. Look for commonalities and record the ideas that are brought forward.
If this tool appeals to you, you may want to start on a volunteer basis with a small group. I have found, over the years, that visioning is a creative, powerful and productive tool that leads to good solutions and positive team engagement. If you have any questions about visioning, please let me know. I’d enjoy hearing about any visioning sessions you have with your team and how they go!
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