Diagram hypnosis, analysis paralysis, and an antidote

Here is part one of our first feature contribution to the Cooper Journal:
Reflection: the pause that gives insight

“We notice two common patterns among our students, clients, and workshop participants: diagram hypnosis—mistaking the map for the territory, and analysis paralysis—becoming overwhelmed and blinded by complexity.”

In all aspects of our work, we have found a few simple ways to re-introduce reflection back into our way of working can have a dramatic affect on both the results and the team atmosphere. This article describes the foundations of this idea and some of the outcomes we’ve seen. Part two will offer four ways to bring these practices to your own team.

Instead of jumping straight from analysis to synthesis and concepts, we took a long pause. We chose to take time to listen to our intuitive mind: that part of us that has been paying attention all along, but which cannot be heard in our usual business pace, and which does not have a loud insistent voice. It speaks slowly, in metaphor and image. When we listen to it, we access our deep knowing. That side of ourselves is great at noticing patterns, but it doesn’t have language. And it is much closer to our values, our beliefs, our sense of the big important stories. We simply need ways to help it connect what it feels to what it sees, and give it a chance to express itself.

Cooper Journal, Reflection: the pause that gives insight