The first level of change is the easiest
At level one in Rolf Smith’s “The 7 Levels of Change: Different Thinking for Different Results,” people are experiencing the what of change. This change is most easily represented by the first few weeks on the job. The person is being shown the ropes and learning what his or her job is.
Level one is focused thinking usually on one thing at a time, and the person focuses on doing the right things. Level two focuses on the how of doing the right things right.
The three tips that Smith gives for level one change are to write down ideas, use blue slips and keep a journal.
Writing down ideas reinforces that having ideas is a good thing. It will keep the mind focused on having ideas. Writing them down gives them an importance that they may not have had before, and with practice, ideas will come more easily.
Make your own blue slips by taking some blue colored notebook paper and cut it into eight equal pieces. These are just the right size to fit into a shirt pocket and to limit each paper to one idea, and with only one idea on the paper, they can be shuffled to create more ideas. The distinctive blue color then acts as a trigger for idea generation once the mind has associated the two.
The journal is not meant to be a list or an inventory of the day’s events. It should instead encompass insights, thoughts and thoughts on thoughts. This should be where the deep thinking is kept for later use.
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