Start Your Own Now You're Thinking! Book Group

After reading the book, challenge your team to analyze the concepts through these discussion questions:

1. The authors chose the Amenah story because of the complexity of the story. What were some of the complexities at play? What did you learn from the book about how to deal effectively with complex problems?

2. Did you find yourself feeling emotional as you read the story (for or against the scenario)? How did your feelings impact the way you interpreted the story?

3. Chapter 2 describes how dreams guide behavior. What was Dave Bellon’s dream or vision in the story? How did it impact others in the story? Why is it
important to have a clear dream?

4. What surprised you most about the Amenah story? If you were in Major Kevin
Jarrard or Coronal Bellon’s shoes, would you have done things differently?
What would you have done differently and why? What do you think the
outcome would have been?

5. Think about a decision that you made. Now that you know the 5 steps to
effective thinking, what would you do differently?

6. The book included the My Thinking Styles assessment (Chapter 3). What are
your most preferred styles? Do you notice how your preferred thinking styles
impact your decision making process at work or home? How?

7. Which of the My Thinking Styles are most common on your team or within
your organization? What styles are least represented in the
organization/team?

8. Chapter 4 presented tips to help you develop your critical thinking skills.
What tips did you plan on incorporating into your day-to-day life?

9. What is the most important take-away or lesson you learned from this book?

10.How would you rate Now You’re Thinking on a scale of 1 to 5? Why?

Thinking about hosting a book club to discuss Now You’re Thinking!?
Below are suggestions to help you to be successful.

After you have identified a group of individuals who are interested in participating, order a copy of Now You’re Thinking! for each participant.

Before the meeting:

1. Read the book – This may seem obvious but it is important to point out
never the less. Plan on finishing the book prior to the book club meeting so
that you can plan and prepare for the meeting.

2. Write down important page numbers - If there are quotes or sections of
the book that made an impact on you then you may want to bring them up
during the discussion. Post-it notes are helpful for tagging key passages.

3. Prepare 8-10 questions about the book – Choose the questions from the
recommended questions that resonate with you or create your own. Bring a
copy of these questions to the meeting. You may want to provide the
questions to participants prior to the meeting so that they can think about it
before the meeting.

During the meeting:

4. Encourage others to answer first - When you are asking questions, you
want to facilitate discussion, and not appear as a lecturer. If you allow others
to answer first, you will promote conversation and help everyone feel like
their opinions matter. Note: Sometimes people may need to think before they
answer. Part of being a good facilitator is being comfortable with silence.
Don't feel like you have to jump in if no one answers immediately. If needed,
clarify, expand or rephrase the question.

5. Make connections between comments - If someone gives an answer to
question 2 that connects well with question 5, don't feel obligated to ask
questions 3 and 4 before moving to 5. You are the leader and you can choose
the order of discussion items. Try to find a link between an answer and the
next question. By connecting people's comments to the questions, you'll help
build momentum in the conversation.

6. Rein in tangents - Book clubs are popular not only because people like to
read, but also because they are great social outlets. A little off topic
conversation is fine, but you also want to respect the fact that people have
read the book and expect to talk about it. As the facilitator, it is your job to
recognize tangents and bring the discussion back to the book.

7. Don't feel obligated to get through all the questions - The questions are
there to help guide the conversation. While you will want to get through at
least three or four questions, it will probably be rare that you finish all ten.
Respect people's time by wrapping up the discussion when the meeting time
is over rather than pushing on until you finish everything you planned.

8. Wrap up the discussion - One good way to wrap up a conversation and
help people summarize their opinions of the book is to ask each person to
rate the book on a scale of one to five.

Tips:

1. Book club debriefs can occur in person or via phone. Don’t feel the need to
limit the conversation to individuals who can only attend in person. It can be
helpful to pointedly ask questions to virtual participants to encourage their
dialog.

2. When facilitating the meeting, be careful to not make dismissive statements
toward other people's comments. Even if you disagree, take the conversation
back to the book rather than saying "That's ridiculous," etc. Making people
feel embarrassed or defensive is a sure way to shut down the conversation.