Ideas become Actions with Innovation Games®

Steve & Megann Willson, Wako Takayama, Lowell Lindstrom

Together with some of our Innovation Games® colleagues, we
were facilitating the Snow Summit this week. The client, a large facilities
management organization is about to become even larger. Their challenge? How to
develop and prioritize projects that will allow them to grow and scale their
organization and their offerings for the future.

It was an exhilarating few days. The first game we
introduced to the group was “My Worst Nightmare” – a way of exploring what not
to do, or worst practices. This was followed by sessions of “Prune the Product
Tree”, where we explored new products the company could offer its clients, as
well as new ways of delivering their current product. The game “Speedboat”
helped them get a clear handle on any anchors that would hold them back in
their quest, and to start to consider solutions that would remove those
anchors. That was the end of Day One – and everyone headed off with heads full
of ideas!

The second day of the Summit was declared to be the Day of
Action. Using the game “Remember the Future” as a framework, we encouraged,
challenged, and cajoled the team as they used their energy and enthusiasm to
develop real project plans. Shoes dropped, lights went on, and the excitement
mounted, as team members got to know more about one another’s strengths, and
the way forward became clearer and more concrete.

What a rewarding engagement! Imagine if you could kick off
your next project planning meeting with quotes like these:

  • “I’ve tried plenty of times to get this project
    going, but just couldn’t figure out how to remove the obstacles.”
  • “This was great – I’ve done change management
    stuff before, but I never left with an actual plan in hand.”
  • “You know how I feel now? Enthusiastic. And
    hopeful for the future.”

Got a sticky problem to solve? We’d be happy to help.

Planning our next move,

Megann and Steve


Make better decisions, get better results, grow your business. We use a deep toolkit of specialized techniques help clarify your objectives, identify decisions that must be made, and eliminate knowledge gaps, resulting in strategy with a firmer foundation and better results.

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