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Sleep on it

  • By katelev2

News in Health, a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has published an article on how sleeping can strengthen our memories. The first paragraph of the article highlights something that I saw happen during a session last week:

“…When you learn something new, the best way to remember it is to sleep on it. That’s because sleeping helps strengthen memories you’ve formed throughout the day. It also helps to link new memories to earlier ones. You might even come up with creative new ideas while you slumber….”

The session had a stranger format than usual. The first day was ALL learnings…several rounds of education to get the client up to speed on their current situation. The challenge at the end of the day was to create 2-3 scenarios to build out on day 2. The client wanted to do the same scenario (not really the right one either) in parallel which really would not yield great results. We sent them on a happy hour and let them sleep on it.

After all of those learnings, a little more conversation, and SLEEP, something incredible happened on the morning of day 2. They had come up with 3 solid detailed scenarios and built out assumptions, recommended actions, support required, implications, value statements, etc.

The event was a total success and I love seeing how something that wasn’t totally right can morph its way into something really incredible.