Having an open mind can build more innovative teams

Over the past few months, we've talked about the massive impact adaptive thinking can have on your teams. By understanding how you think, you can come up with not just a solution — but the solution. The good news is that being a more adaptive thinker can have massive flow-on effects for your team, too. Our Novel & Adaptive Thinking Skills Coach, CJ Mills, shares his top two tips for becoming more adaptive, today.

Start challenging your biases
According to CJ, step one of becoming a more adaptive thinker means getting in tune with your own biases. These biases could influence your preferences when it comes to decision making — and without knowing it, close you off to a whole breadth of alternative solutions.

"Start thinking about your biases and start thinking about how your worldview affects your thinking. Those are my first two tips. And from there, you're going to be able to start flexing back and forth," says CJ.

Be open to new perspectives
We all think in unique ways. By shaking off our own perspectives and trying to put ourselves in other people's shoes, we can gain new insights — and insights lead to innovation.

"Our worldview is really our cognitive orientation of who we are. And that encompasses all our knowledge and everything we've been through. So if you can step outside of that and start thinking from someone else's worldview, that is really good practice — whether it's a conversation, imagination — it's a really good practice."
Start sharing this with your teams
It's one thing to become more adaptive yourself, but the real power comes from building adaptive teams — teams that are able to effectively problem solve and challenge thought processes together.
"If you really want to have yourself as a leader, and impart this on your teams so they better innovate and discover more, then you need to teach yourself how to let go of your own preconceived notions. Especially those where you think you have the answer. And you need to be able to transfer that to your team as well."