I recently spent the morning with Bryan McCrae from Sales Motivations looking at how cognitive behavioural psychology can apply well with meetings and sales teams. There are 10 types of automatic negative thoughts (ANTS) that hold us back in thinking clearly in meetings. If you can catch yourself or notice others using them, it can help uncover assumptions, and life rules that are being made – and might hold back form making clear decisions Some people call these cognitive distortions. In the CEO Growth Academy we realised that when we shared business issues, we were using these ‘ANTS’ and it was helpful when other peers call them out. I wonder if you might find your work meetings more productive when you and colleagues start stamping out the ANTS in the room.