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Irrational thinking patterns can also interfere with your company's ability to sense changes in the marketplace and make strategic decisions harder. It's important to acknowledge and challenge these patterns in order to make more informed, rational decisions.
A great tool we use at Enterprise Agility University is the five signals sensing model. It can help better identify markets and make better decisions during times of disruption. I'll tell you more about it in future newsletters.
If you find that you or your team are having a hard time reframing their thoughts and challenging irrational thought patterns, you should take steps to manage your stress and lower your cortisol levels, such as using relaxation techniques, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep.
By taking care of your physical and mental wellbeing, you'll be better able to reframe your thoughts and challenge irrational thinking patterns so your organization can better influence change or deal with accelerated change.
It's important to regularly examine yourself (self-awareness) and your team to identify irrational thinking patterns that may be impacting your organization.
One way to do this is to ask meaningful questions that will help you and your team think more critically and objectively. For example, you might ask, "What evidence do we have to support this belief or decision?" or "How might others view this situation differently?"
By asking questions like these, you can help your team challenge their own assumptions and biases, leading to more informed and rational decisions. You can find more examples of this in my book Leading Exponential change, now available for free.
Another way to combat irrational thinking patterns is to seek different perspectives and encourage open, honest dialog within your organization.
By fostering an environment where diverse perspectives are welcomed and valued, you can create a culture of critical thinking that helps your team challenge its own biases and assumptions.
Another approach to addressing irrational thinking is to cultivate a work environment that prioritizes the physical and emotional wellbeing of employees. By making employee wellbeing a priority and a clear value, individuals will be better equipped to manage irrational thoughts.
As you can see, irrational thinking patterns can hinder organizational change and problem-solving, especially during times of accelerated change or disruption. By recognizing and challenging these patterns, you can help your team make more informed and rational decisions that align with your organization's goals.
We are developing new ways for adapting to rapid change that enable you to more effectively assess the new landscape, better identify markets, and build organizations of more rational thoughts that are always ready, always responsive, and always innovative.