Are you a school interested in using MoE PLD hours for PLD with MAM?

Binary or Blended thinking?

Are there times when regardless of topic, you experience a pattern of one-sided conversations with someone who seems unable to see another perspective? This type of communication can be very frustrating.

Known as Binary-thinking, the person holds their viewpoint without taking into account any other perspectives. If of an argumentative nature, they can become the loudest voice in a room, over-powering others. If of a quieter nature, they can come across as stubborn. For these thinkers, there is often an “Or” between two ideas.

This type of thinking is unhealthy for an organisation’s culture. It displays a fixed mindset that if left un-questioned can negatively influence others. Like a gas, it can take-up all the room, until there is no room for others to voice their thoughts. For the quieter members of staff, it can send them more deeply into silence. As leaders we need to create a safe space for all to contribute.

Blended thinkers are instead, open-minded and take into account differing perspectives. They hold their ideas lightly and are open to having their thinking challenged. Not only are they able to see both sides of a discussion, they are often able to arrive at a third perspective. For them, there is often an “And” between two ideas.

How might we approach the Binary-thinker?

  1. Invite them to consider alternative viewpoints by using phrases such as “There may be another way of viewing this…”

  2. Don’t get into an argument with them. Keep calm.

  3. If in a public forum, invite other perspectives, then summarise the viewpoints before moving into the next phase of decision-making which may include a more collaborative approach.

  4. Invite people to share their thoughts in an online space, or on a piece of paper, so even the less extraverted members can contribute.

  5. Approach them 1:1 and state your noticing around their thinking behaviour, then wait for their response before potentially coaching them to insight.

Go well this week.
Mary-Anne 🙂

Work with me | Speaker | Coach | Facilitator more info here
Events | Women in Leadership | Levelled-Up Leadership PD Training more info here
Get more Mary-Anne | Taster Sessions | Professional Development for Leaders more info here
Community | Mary-Anne moments | Chit Chat with Mary-Anne | Connections more info here 

Middle Leader Coaching and Mentoring

Are you a leader of an organisation or school who is intent on growing your middle leaders, but not quite sure how?

Are you spending time mentoring and coaching them on-the-hop and feel you could be supporting them better?

Maybe with the best of intent, you place them on a one-day course, but these are like a drop in the ocean; they provide some tools, but once back in the face of work, their use can fall-over. This leaves them feeling frustrated and confused, and can sometimes make an even bigger problem for you to deal with, and will eat into your already precious time.

More details here

MA

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

Contact Mary-Anne

I want to help you and your organisation.
Tell me what you need, and I’ll be in touch real soon.

Yeah, you're ready to Level-Up your Leadership

Enter your details and we'll be in touch when new dates are announced.