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.

— Pierre Bayle

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?