I recently conducted a Switch Thinking 1 day course with a group of managers and leaders at the Australian Institute of Management.
The participants who attended were from a broad range of both profit and not for profit organisations.
The course was highly interactive and designed for participants to experience the world of Switch Thinking.
We used a number of real life problems and the 6 Switches to generate some fresh, new ideas and solutions.
Participants discovered that being able to change the way you think was a skill that could be developed and the toolkit was easy, practical and simple.
At the end of the course I asked the participants what were the benefits of Switch Thinking?
Some of the most popular responses were:
- Easily generate new ideas and solutions
- It gave me a boost in Creativity
- Brainstorming could be more interactive and effective
- Switch Thinking helped me to think on my feet
- And to get unstuck
- This helped participants to better adapt to change and develop more of a agile mindset
Here is one last insight.
The Switch Thinking Tool Kit which consists of a Canvas, 6 Switches and a Series of Prompts proved an easy way for participants to change the way they were thinking.
It provided a way to escape their more habitual, default way of thinking and open their mind to new insights, ideas and possibilities.
In fact, in many occasions the participants when working in pairs would exclaim ‘of course, why didn’t I think of this before – it’s so obvious.’
But that is the point.
The way you think informs what you see and what you don’t.
Changing the way you think means that the world can look differently with a simple switch.