Three reasons why slower response times are preferable:
More time to think and plan your next move.
Room for more creative & thoughtful decisions.
Freedom to work when you are most productive.
Async work gives the time to really think through decisions, consider all options, and do your best work.
Workshops help you and your team get things done.
This week is about "think fast" workshops, "think slow" async work, and "deep" work.
Three Workshop Tips
Here are three of my favorite "think fast" workshop activities.
1: Lightning Brainstorm
Give everyone two minutes to write down as many ideas as possible about a given topic. One idea per sticky note.
In silence, take 4 minutes to read each other's ideas and write down new ideas that pop up.
Still in silence, ask everyone to vote on their favorite idea. Set a timer if needed.
Take a couple of minutes to discuss the results.
Repeat steps 1 to 4, but then for the next steps to make the winning idea succeed.
2: Crazy Eights
Individual Reflection (1 min). Ask participants to silently reflect on a question or topic individually.
Pair Up (2 mins) Have individuals pair up to discuss and build upon each other's ideas.
Group Discussion (4 mins) Merge pairs to form groups of four, encouraging further discussion and synthesis of ideas.
All Together (Variable time) Bring everyone together to share insights and takeaways from each group, fostering a collaborative understanding of the topic.
Note: Ensure you articulate the question or challenge clearly and encourage active participation from all members. This exercise promotes diverse input and collaborative solution-building in a short time frame.