Listening to people without correcting, interrupting or judging is absolutely critical – finishing off others people’s sentences is one of the things I know I need to avoid more.
In describing how to create a thinking environment in more detail, Kline suggests starting meetings by asking everyone to share what is going well or what was helpful in response to a presentation. In similar situations, I would ask, ‘What have you heard that is new?’
Kline believes it is helpful to ask people what they want to think about or what they want to achieve. I have tried this in church on Sundays; it sounds risky, but it results in something far more relevant than simply preaching at people.
I don’t usually review books, probably because I am wired in a way that means I forget most things I read instantly. But this is one of those books with so many applications – for church, discipleship, development, integral mission, leadership, life, prayer etc – that even a month after finishing it I have not stopped thinking.
Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind by Nancy Kline
Time to Think elegantly combines theory with details of practical sessions. It demonstrates how to use its principles in leadership, team development, organisational change and coaching, and in building business and personal relationships of stunning quality and depth.