Sitting in my open plan office…trying to draft a report –I wonder if the other members of my team will stop bothering me every 5 minutes so that I can concentrate and get the first paragraph written. The noisy printer next to me distracts me, as do the 3 colleagues standing next to me (discussing how much they like/dislike various other people in our team). I have to attend 3 meetings this afternoon and I’m finding the stress of it all paralysing. My boss keeps calling me to ask when the report will be ready and I haven’t had time to have any lunch today. I wish I had time to brainstorm ideas with my colleagues. I wish I just had a quiet space somewhere where I could just focus and get this done. 

…I promised the client a creative and innovative solution and yet I think I’ll be lucky if I can even get three sentences down on the page.

Are employers providing the best environment, support and tools to nurture the creative and intelligent minds that they have recruited?...are employers really allowing their employees the opportunity to thrive?

Recruitment processes are often gruelling – employees go through several rounds of interviews, sit tests and have their CV scrutinised before they are even considered for a role. All employers want to find and recruit the best minds in the country…and yet once these great thinkers arrive in the workplace, are they really given the tools, support and environment they need to do the best work that they can?

Employees themselves often do not know what they can do to optimise their creative and intellectual abilities. Workplaces are often very different environments from the universities and colleges in which young recruits learned their trade. Whilst thinking in a quiet library, with support from a university tutor may have been easy – achieving brilliant, creative solutions in a stressful, busy, demanding environment, may not be so straightforward. In addition, technological developments have meant that workplaces are changing faster than ever – and in this rapidly evolving environment, employees often don’t know what they can do to get the best from their talents and their minds.

Byrne dean is running a free open session on Thursday 7th June (between 8:30 and 11am) on how individuals and firms can improve their capacity to think well. Through expert input, exercises and discussion, you can learn what supports great thinking as well as what inhibits it. You will come away from the event with practical strategies to make the most of your thinking space in modern work environments, to develop your organisation’s capacity to think creatively and with less bias, and to draw out great thinking from those around you.

The event will cover:

- The foundations for good thinking – how to create space in the modern office to think well, and how to build your capacity for better thinking in the long run.

- How to think more clearly – common biases in individual and collective thinking and how to avoid these in order to create better solutions to client challenges.

- How to think well with others – how to draw out great thinking from other people, by using positive approaches which get them into the right frame of mind, and by being more aware of the different ways in which people can do their best thinking.

You can book your place on the open session here: