How many times have you caught yourself trying to control the random thoughts that constantly bounce in and out of your head? For me, it usually happens during my workouts or when I'm driving. Worst case scenarios, reliving past transgressions, sometimes gloom, doom & worry. I realize that it has been said that 90% of the things we worry about NEVER happen. Yet most of us spend non-value added time considering these random thoughts that jump in and out of our heads.
I suggest 3 ways to systematically "tame" monkey mind:
1). Encourage people to meditate routinely. If it was good enough for Buddha, it is good enough for me. Meditating is one of those skills that is harder than it looks (like juggling). If you don't believe me, try having a still, silent mind for 10 minutes. We actually held classes at our Corporate University teaching dozens of people to meditate. Only then, can we work and think in the "here and now".
2). Make sure "new people" are included on A3 teams. New people have no turfs to defend, and usually have not been taught yet what is NOT possible.
3). Remind everyone that A3 is about BETTER, NOT PERFECT, and improvements should be thought of as reversible experiments......if it doesn't work, we can always go back!
Nothing is impossible for a team of people with a clear, open and creative mind.