We’ve heard a lot of talk this week, from friends, family, colleagues and clients, about how terrible it is, that summer is coming to a close. But there really is an upside! When we were kids, it was new shoes and clothes, seeing our friends we had missed over the summer, or discovering that this year; we had the “good teacher”. For some, those are still the incentive to pull up our socks after Labour Day and get going. But for us, it’s that this back-to-school time of year always feels like the season of promise.
This is our time to clear out the closets and evaluate what stays, goes, or changes, at home. But the same thing occurs at the office. It’s a tremendous opportunity to clear off the desk, re-evaluate and recycle, and to put together a plan for achieving some of those lofty goals we have been keeping in our back pockets for “someday”. First step, we like to remind ourselves that any day can be someday, and it might as well be today. Then we like to use one of our favourite Innovation Games® techniques, and set ourselves firmly in the future. In our game, it’s “graduation day”…the beginning of next summer’s holiday season. We’ve achieved our goal, and it’s working exactly as we planned. How do we feel about our success? And what did we do to get there, and how, and when? Our detailed exploration from the perspective of that happy day will eventually help us work back to the present, and along the way, create a solid set of tasks we can start today.
If you’ve been thinking about starting something new, developing your product, re-arranging your team, or making any kind of change, either personal or professional, we hope you’ll treat this back-to-school season not as the end of a wonderful summer, but as the opportunity for a tremendous launch of something new.
Here’s to your success!
Megann and Steve