There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.
I admit it; I can’t help but take ideas I find anywhere and everywhere, and build upon them. It provokes my thinking… And, I readily admit, my goal is to provoke you to think differently.
These blog posts might be able to nudge a conversation or two into new and different places. I believe that is highly productive. I believe in that possibility.
To that end: I’d like to take a time out and offer a tangible action that you might consider as a result of the recent posts …
Incorporate a post into a team meeting! A 90-minute plan might look like this:
- 5 minutes – opening remarks; form teams of three to four
- 20 minutes – each team reads and discusses the post, capturing their main take aways
- 40 minutes – each team in turn takes 10 minutes to present their take away points and to field questions from peers (40 minutes assumes 4 teams)
- 10 minutes – next steps and/or follow ups discussion
- 5 minutes – closing comments
These require really no prep time!
Your boss might appreciate the break from his/her routine. And if you’re the boss, well, let your team impress you with their thinking…
I’d place high odds on the proposition that a meeting like this would be quite a different experience from your typical team meetings.
It will almost certainly be generative; it will generate energy and ideas. It might even shape the culture.
Is there possibility?