If you had unlimited time and budget, what change would you create in your organization?
This is the question I asked participants at a recent workshop. In the suddenly quiet room, 30 leaders from a wide variety of sectors and organizations took a minute — three, actually — to reflect, then scribble down their visions. You can do the same right now, if you like. Grab a pen and paper, or open up a blank note doc, and write down a few things. It might help you get more out of this article. What do you want to see changed, done differently, at your work?
(Go on, I’ll wait.)
Once everyone’s change ideas were committed to paper, I made an announcement. My tone shifted. No longer warm and welcoming, I was now speaking declaratively, somewhat intensely, a little more loudly.
I told the participants that that we would be choosing one, and only one, idea to workshop as a group: the winner would receive the benefit of the group’s collective intelligence to evolve and refine the idea during the course of our two hours together.
And the way would decide which one to focus on? We would be hosting a pitch contest, which was starting right now. A round-robin pitch contest, going table-by-table.