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  • Our Upping Your Elvis experience was quite exceptional. They engaged, enlightened and entertained us with a 4 hour workshop that was a highlight of our conference. This was all the more impressive as the audience were 250-plus scientists-leaders who normally have a healthy (!) sense of skepticism about interactive workshops. We had fun. We learned. They exceeded our expectations.

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  • It’s not the instrument that makes the music, it’s the player. So much emphasis in the world of innovation and creativity is placed on process, tools and techniques. Chris fully understands it’s the people who make the magic not the structure. Chris is a master at bringing out the creative spark in people to turn dust into something that matters, so that in the words of John Lennon, “We all shine on."

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  • Upping Your Elvis’s simple, human approach to creative leadership helped to teach the Maxus teams that work is all about how we show up every day, not instilling clever techniques and processes. We have applied the learnings, delivered tangible results and live it every day in the work we do at Maxus.

    Jenny Smith, Global Creative Director Maxus

  • I can say without hyperbole that my week with Chris, Jim and the rest of the Elvis team down in Lyme Regis was one of the most enriching experiences I've had in my career. I immediately came away from the course with a new armoury of skills to help bring out my own creativity and that of others. Months on I am still feeling the effect of how the course has helped me to grow personally, in ways both tangible and tacit.

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  • In a rapidly changing world what differentiates successful companies from average ones is IDEAS. ELVIS unleashes the creative power of people in my team who are enabled to provide creative leadership to help others translate insights into big ideas.

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Enjoy the Silence: Why Teams Must Allow Time To Think

Enjoy the Silence: Why Teams Must Allow Time To Think

November 26, 2017

People in business are busy, but allowing people thinking time will deliver spectacular results.

Recent research suggests that 30% of knowledge workers do no thinking at work at all and 58% do less than 30 minutes. People are so occupied by answering emails and rushing from one task to the next that thinking has fallen by the wayside.

As a consequence facilitating a bountiful creative session is now a tough brief; getting people comfortable, energised and off autopilot, so they can fire up their minds and think freely, requires some skill.

Our work at Upping Your Elvis helps people, teams and businesses become more energetic, human and creative. If I had one top tip for facilitating a successful creative session, it would be to stop talking so much and enjoy the silence.

When somebody is asked to facilitate a creative session a few things seem to naturally evolve: First, their head gets busy, usually with unhelpful stuff like performance anxiety. They then grab a pen and stand by a flip chart (because that’s how creative sessions have always been run…).

Then they start talking. And talking. And if they’re not careful, they don’t stop talking for the entire session. Why? Partly because they think it’s the facilitators job to be the dominate voice in the room and partly because they’re terrified that if they stop speaking, no one will say anything and they’ll experience an awkward, uncomfortable silence.

To help people deliver productive and engaged creative sessions I have developed Jim’s Magnificent 7, the aim of which is to rid you of these awkward flip chart moments FOR GOOD!

I shared my Magnificent 7 with our friends at @Minutehack . Enjoy!

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