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the Big Idea Toolkit – 7 Visual Thinking Tools for Innovative Teams to do their Best Work

the PlayGround from the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.The Big Idea Toolkit  include 7 visual thinking tools that leverage the way innovative teams do their best work.  People need a place to capture ideas – that is the PlayGround.   If you are like most people you already have sticky notes chock full of ideas, notes, and reminders.  Well, the PlayGround gives you a space to capture them and share them with others.  Other might even build upon your ideas.  The PlayGround is where ideas live.

Sometimes I feel better just getting my ideas down – even if I don’t do anything with them.

 

the Situation from the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.Jumping to execution too soon without understanding the Situation, or being mindful of  the Audience can consume resources, burn cycle time, and create strategic drift.  Not being in tune with your audience can create lackluster products, messages, and experiences that don’t feel connected or live up to their potential to satisfy and delight.

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.  Lewis Carroll

 

the Audience from the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.Explicitly identifying your audience can help you to connect with them and make the customer come alive inside the organization.  This taps the natural empathy of your employees, volunteers, and others that interact directly with or influence the experience that customers have with your organization, its products, services, and brand.

My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.  Ashleigh Brillant

 

the Big Picture from the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.We live in a world more connected than at any other time in history, yet we lack tools to have more productive, energizing conversations that are results oriented and free of our biases.   Using the Big Picture calibrates people to the same reality, it helps to communicate the big idea and then tie that idea to the expected impact.  It allows people to participate in building, seeing, and sharing, the big chunky steps of how to get there.  If you find yourself in the trap of having more and more email “conversations” but getting less and less accomplished, you or others around you, might not be seeing the big picture.

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

 

the Game Plan from the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.Breaking down the big picture into smaller executable steps is what  the Game Plan is all about.  The chunky steps in the big picture can be broken down into smaller steps that are more easily executed on.  One of the reasons why people don’t move forward is a lack of clarity.  The Game Plan breaks down each big chunky step from the Big Picture into more manageable, own-able, deliverables that can then be discussed and assigned to different team members.  It reduces blind spots and helps you to confront reality.

Our ambitions will always exceed our ability to execute, given the available level of resources.

 

the PlayBook from the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.When your ready to commit to doing something you need the PlayBook.  That is where execution lives – it gives you a site line into events and milestones across the year as well as the view into deliverables/actions/owners over a rolling 90 day view.  Turns out that most teams don’t have much clarity beyond 90 days, so why fool yourself with giant, non-dynamic plans.  The calendar is a key component to the PlayBook since everything that you do and will do, happens in time.  It again uses ordinary sticky notes and is easily reconfigurable as weeks expire and deliverables are accomplished.  If you miss a deliverable – it is no longer a surprise.

Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else. Peter F. Drucker

4 blocker exampleWhen each person on the team uses a weekly  4-Square Personal Action plan you’re on your way to building habits that ensure excellence in execution.  Print a 4-Square Personal Action plan each week, fill it out, and take it with you as you go about your personal and professional business.  While the PlayBook may be shared, the 4-Square Personal Action plan is uniquely you.  In fact, using it alone, even without the toolkit will enable you to be more clear about your commitments and get more important stuff done.  It is a free download, so take advantage of that.

I want to make a dent in the universe. Steve Jobs

 

We’ve love to hear what tools you use to capture ideas, get organized, and ensure excellence in execution whether you work alone, as part of a larger team, within a silo or across silos.

 

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Business as Unusual: If you Want a Different Outcome, then you Need to Do Something Different

Do you have a place to capture  ideas and free your mind?

Do you have a “system” to move things forward?

Do you have a way to get organized and break projects down into manageable pieces?

sticky note - get more organized from he Big Idea Toolkit, Delightability, LLC.If you answered yes to these questions, great.  But, most people employ tools and tactics, like faith, scratch paper, random sticky notes, whiteboards, and a various paper and electronic calendars.

Some people even reduce the amount of things they do, striking a balance between what they can remember and what they feel they can get done.   That’s all well and good until you need or want to do more at work or at home.  You don’t want to be that person that says the all too common excuse, “But I don’t have time.”   We all suffer from time poverty but, some people get more done, while others let time and opportunity pass them by.

If you want to be highly productive, then you’ll need a new approach to getting organized and getting things done.

With more time you could plan a party, write a book, get a new job, make a career change, relocate or move, get involved in the community, solve a nagging problem, invent something, remodel your office or home, start a business, start a blog, learn a language, spend more time with family, write a program, plan a major vacation, run for office, write an initiative, host an event, relax,  master a new sport, supercharge a non-profit, volunteer, make and then do your bucket list.

But nobody can give you more time.  You’re still stuck with 24 hours each day, so to free up time for important things, you’ll need to better utilize the time you have every single day.

That’s why we created the Big Idea Toolkit, so you can get more important stuff done, whether that is for you, your family, at work or in your community.  If you want different outcomes and you want to be a highly productive “doer” then you need a new approach.

Watch the introductory video for the Big Idea Toolkit.  Questions? Please comment or contact us.

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4 Reasons You Don’t Move Forward – and How to Overcome

In spite of inspirational songs like “Live Like Your Were Dying” and movies like “The Bucket List”, most people won’t act until its too late.  They’ll continue to let opportunities pass them by, only to be realized by others.  Truth is, those “others” aren’t any smarter, but they do have better habits.  Here is how to level the playing field and get your fare share of opportunities. Know thyself.  Understand the reason you don’t move forward and then make a choice to either overcome it or accept it.

If you’re going to be a slouch you should at least be an informed intentional slouch.

And if you are a “doer” then perhaps it’s your duty to help somebody else get out of their own way.

As part of my book research, I’ve been asking people from all walks of life now for some time what holds them back from whatever it is their wanting to do.  I’ve heard several different flavors of answers, but they can be summarized by the list of 4 below.  If you really have a reason you believe doesn’t fit to these 4 please chime in.  I’d love to know.

#4 – values or beliefs are not in alignment

You might recognize this as  “I’ve reluctantly signed up to do something” or “You were really good at coercing me but I never really was committed.”  This reason is usually cited when we don’t move forward on somebody else’s idea or initiative.  You simply don’t believe in “the cause” or the value of getting it done.  Reaching the final destination doesn’t resonate with you so much.   Sometimes people want to fantasize about reaching the Utopian end state but they don’t really have any intention of doing any real work or making a contribution.  If you find yourself in this camp saying “work – that is for the others,” or “a person should… “, then some intellectual honesty is in order.  Simply come to grips that you are a fantasy doer or know what you value and stop committing without follow through.

#3 – lack of resources

This oft cited paralyzer is a Red Herring easily spotted by asking yourself or others what resources are needed.  Then systematically break down and eliminate each resource needed – this is an obstacle removal technique.  Many problems can be reframed to requires a different set of resources, those within reach.  Also, there are those resources that you don’t have now and those that you don’t have in the future. Solve today’s problem today and tomorrows problems tomorrow.

#2 – fear or lack of courage

This reason for inaction is more easily understood when the person not moving forward is part of a larger social context.  When you have to rally the herd and get others moving there is a certain risk that goes along with that.  It is much easier to not lead the way, blend into the crowd, and wait for somebody else to take a risk and be responsible.  This is a well researched and documented area of social psychology called the bystander effect. But when others are not involved,  it become squarely about you.  You may have been conditioned to fear failure or you’re in an environment where failure is something to be avoided at all costs.

Failure can actually be a good thing, especially in small doses.  That’s what experiments and prototypes are for!  I worked in the Boeing Wind Tunnel for 5 years. We ran many experiments to detect failure and make improvements at a small scale because the human and financial costs of mistakes at scale are so enormous.

Besides failure, some people also fear the destination of success and all its accoutrements.  To overcome inaction and to combat many of the subconscious and conditioned avoidance behaviors it is good to create new habits.  You can easily do this by adopting a habit practice sheet (free download) and by creating conscious action triggers.   Action triggers can have a profound power to motivate people to do the things they need to do.   The reason, according to Peter Gollwitzer, a New York University psychologist, is that action triggers eliminate the need for conscious deliberation by making people “pre-decide” what they are going to do.  In this they program themselves to protect goals from tempting distractions, bad habits, or competing goals.

an example of the Big Picture from the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.#1 – lack of clarity

By far this is the most popular reason people don’t move forward that I’ve encountered. They simply don’t know how to get started or what the next step is.  They are overwhelmed by the myriad of choices and possibilities.  You can hear them saying to themself, “Where to start, where to start.”  They may be so overwhelmed they are unable to articulate what they want or think they need.  Often, others have trouble helping people in this state – instead they usually prefer to give them time and space to “get it together.”  Creating the Big Picture can go a long way toward unlocking what the brain already knows but is unable to express.  Sequencing your Big Idea into Chunky Steps along a path with a clear vision of the payoff seems so simple… and it is. But have you actually done it? You want to create your next “Aha” moment, give it a whirl.  Better yet, help somebody else do the same.

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Need a Big Picture Starter, try Affinity Mapping

affinity mapping as a start for the Big Picture from the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.There is a ton of material on YouTube and other places about affinity mapping so I won’t repeat it all here.  But, it is often a good method to generate ideas as a starting point.  You frame the problem or opportunity in the form of a question.  It is important to stay focused on the question.  Often times if you run out of steam I encourage people to think in multiple dimensions, like people, process, technology.

working through the Big Picture chunky steps from affinity mapping exercise - the Big Idea Toolkit - Delightability, LLC.As an example, I was in a small workshop with a non-profit that was putting together a sponsorship program, something new to the group.  Our “question” that framed the exercise was “What would be involved in having a successful sponsor program.”   Individually, we listed items we could think of, in no particular order.  When we ran out of steam after about 20 minutes we placed them on the wall.  Then we arranged them into groups of similar items.  We then labeled each group.  We then processed the pieces using the Big Picture from the Big Idea Toolkit.

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