It is particularly important for me to share something relevant today since it will be my last Mark’s Minute of 2012. Yesterday, I came across a Harvard blog article written by Warren Berger that is perfect for what’s been on my mind (interesting that it was Christmas……..kind of a special gift to both of us).
I’ve paraphrased Warren’s thoughts and copied the link at the bottom so you could read his words as well if you like.
Say it with me: How might we?
This is a phrase that many organizations and companies should use immediately to tackle challenges creatively.
How “might” we improve X … or completely re-imagine Y… or find a new way to accomplish Z?
This approach to innovation ensures that you’re asking the right questions, and steering clear of more limiting inquiries like “How can we?” or “How should we?” which imply judgment.
Instead, “How might we” helps people think of options more freely and opens up possibilities.
The “how” assumes there are solutions out there — it provides creative confidence.
“Might” implies that it’s OK to put any idea on the table — it might work and it might not.
And the “we” signals that we are all going to work together and build on one another’s strengths and ideas.
I’m not sure about you, but I think it’s brilliant and amazing that just a simple word can open up so many new possibilities.
Just the clarity of the idea caused me to put up a new dry erase board on my office door to help begin the exchange that will help create a successful 2013. I Love It!
Hoping you too will have a successful new year and choose to begin the process creatively by considering your what, how, when, and why. It’s going to be a good year!………….smiles, and have a great week…………….Mark