The Thinking Environment

The quality of everything we do depends on the quality of the thinking we do first. The quality of our thinking depends on the way we treat each other while we are thinking.

Nancy Kline

The Ten Components of a Thinking Environment

The Thinking Environment is a set of conditions that help people to think well for themselves. It was developed by Nancy Kline, President Time to Think, and is the product of her observation that in order for people to think clearly and independently, the people around them need to behave in certain ways. Time To Think has identified ten behaviours that generate the finest independent thinking. These are called Ten Components of a Thinking Environment

In the presence of this ‘way of being’ people think for themselves with rigour, imagination, courage and grace.

Each component that forms an effective Thinking Environment is powerful just on its own. Combine them together and the process delivers transformative impact for both organisations, teams, and individuals.

The ten components are:

  • Attention, Equality, Ease, Appreciation, Encouragement, Feelings, Information, Difference, Incisive Questions, and Place.


Simple Execution, Profound Results

I help individuals to apply the ten components so they can create Thinking Environments for themselves and their organisations.

The result is simple but profound. Everyone at every level can think for themselves.

For example:

The Havers’ Masters study found a 95% consistency in the outcomes of meetings held in a Thinking Environment, including that these meetings time and again:

  • Produced a measurable, positive impact on performance indicators of organisations
  • Generated better ideas, solutions, and decisions
  • Created an environment in which people felt valued and equal
  • Achieved resolution faster
  • Gave rise to greater participation and involvement from everyone
  • Fostered productive working relationships

 You can achieve these results too.

Book a free 30-minute discovery call to learn more about Thinkin Environments and how you can learn to apply the ten components.


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“I think we often feel as though our voice isn’t heard and people don’t value our ideas. Mitzi taught us about Nancy Kline’s Time to Think approach and helped us to work out how we could create the right environment for everyone to feel confident, prepared and supported to think & speak up."

Janet Thornley RN MSc ACP, GPN Strategic Lead BLMK Integrated Care System


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