Teams Y and Z are just finishing their first day of the program and will beging to plan for Day 2.
In addition to their Daily Practice, they are:
Assessing their level of focus and action.
Ensuring they are engaged and committed to their goal.
Acknowledging barriers and taking action or making requests to remove barriers.
Creating a list of people who they do not know but should. Contacting them.
Focusing on shairng their goal with a broad group of people.
Many of the team members are taking on goals that are challenging and have the potential to make a significant differernce. It has been interesting to talk with each of them and get a sense for their commitment and passion for their goals.
Here is a portion of the email I sent to Y and Z:
A couple smart friends of mine, Laurie and Jeffrey Ford shared this helpful distinction in a training class they did for my company several years ago:
There are 2 types of conversations - One the Court and In the Stands. Think of a basketball court. There are players and spectators.
On the court conversations are aimed at making a difference. They are active. When we speak on the court we are players. Example: “I have noticed that we are losing some great people. I’d like to put together a plan for improving the environment and development so that we retain our great people and attract the best folks available. Will you participate in a brainstorming session tomorrow?“
In the stands conversations are water cooler conversations. They are directed “out there.” Example: “Until this company changes their ways and stops treating people like disposable resources, they will continue to lose great folks.”
If you want to make something happen, you need to get on the court. In the stands conversations make no positive difference and may negatively impact the situation.
How does this relate to your goal? Check to make sure that you are really getting on the court with your goal. And conversations NOT for the change are often also in the stands.
Food for thought....
Teams Y and Z - How did day 1 go?