We recently returned from an all-too-brief vacation in Besançon, France. What an amazing city! In addition to a great deal of sightseeing (and over 1000 photos to prove it), we had plenty of time to re-charge our batteries. One thing we tend to do when we have time off, is come up with new ideas for our business – different ways to serve our clients, innovative products and services, or novel modes of work that will make us more productive and energized.
Then, like many of our clients, we return to the office to a heap of non-critical emails (and snail mail) that have piled up on our desks and devices. We spend some time wading through those, and re-acquainting ourselves with people and projects that have been awaiting our return. In less than a day, everything begins to feel normal again, and those great ideas from the holidays start to fade into the background. Unless we take charge!
One way we like to keep the energy going is to play the Innovation Game®, Remember the Future. We take one of our fantastic new ideas, and set a goal date. Then we walk backwards in time to today, building a roadmap for how we can achieve it. Capturing all this on paper makes it take shape, so that at the end of the exercise, we have an actual plan, with people, processes, and projects
We highly recommend vacation daydreaming – but it’s even better if you can bring back a souvenir.
Imagining our way forward,
Megann and Steve