What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?

Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has said:

“Two are better than one if two act as one.”

SEED TIP OF THE MONTH | SEPTEMBER

Enliven

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“Check-In”

Teams work better when they share a vision of what success looks like, and when they also agree on their strategies and goals to get there.

 

Almost anything is possible when we’re reaching beyond our selfish desires, united in work intended to benefit the
greater good.

 

So how do we make that happen?

 

The foundation for teamwork is human connection. 

 

We can establish and deepen human connection at the start of each and every meeting, with a simple device called

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore this magical meeting device. 

 

We promise you will find it to be a tremendous time-saver. 

 

How does it save time?

 

Have you ever worked in an organization where the focus was all business?  Have you ever felt like a robot, laboring to complete assigned tasks, in a lifeless work environment where nobody really knows who you are, and all the work is “urgent?”

 

If so, then you know firsthand that the more we busy ourselves with the drudgery of work, the less we accomplish.

 

Have you ever experienced the opposite of a lifeless, joyless work culture? 

 

If so, then you know what it’s like to be part of a team in which everyone matters;  people share each other’s motivations and carry a sense of common experience; coworkers bring out the best in each other; diverse viewpoints are elicited; new ideas, risk and playful experimentation are encouraged, and there’s a level of skilled vulnerability that makes it possible for people to actually know each other. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In which environment are you more productive? Unburdened? Creative? Joyful?

 

Practice checking in.  Make it the norm—start every meeting to build connection.

 

The facilitator calls the shots by defining a meaningful question, and by establishing a time limit.  (Check-in can be limited to 5-seconds, 30-seconds, or 2-minutes each—to support the meeting objectives.)

 

Visit the SEED Library for Check-in Question ideas.  Or start with the title of this Tip.

 

Share what works.  We’ll be happy to add your questions to the library!

Tip of The Month – ARCHIVE

2017

April 2017 – Are We Dancing Yet?

March 2017 – What Is Going On Here and How Can We Work With It?

February 2017 –  Are We Listening for What Is Trying to Happen?

January 2017  Designing Your Own Website, Without A Designer

 

2016

December 2016 – Are We Facing Our Fears?

November 2016 – Have You Identified Your "Strategic Who?"

October 2016 – How Are You Watering Your Own Garden?

September 2016 – What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

August 2016 – Shall We Dance?

July 2016 – Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

June 2016 – What Is Your Secret Sauce? 

May 2016 – Changing the World and Reporting It, One Butterfly at a Time

April 2016 – The Right Tool For The Right Job

March 2016 – Listening For What is Trying to Happen

February 2016 – How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

January 2016 – New Year. New Possibilities. Get On It. 

2015

December 2015 – Trust: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

November  2015 – A Team that Reflects Together ... Rocks

October 2015 – Are You Contributing from Your Sweet Spot?

September 2015 – What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?

August 2015 – Emptying the Page to Empty the Mind

July 2015 – Emptying the Mind for New Insights

June 2015 – What do we do when our beautiful plans get derailed?

May 2015 – Who will Bring Your Plans To Life?

April 2015 – Planning with the Magic of Kairos Time

March 2015 – Vision Infused-Planning

February 2015 – Bringing Our Visions to Life

January 2015 – Visioning: We'll See It When We Believe It

 

2014

December 2014 – Busting Out of the Habit of Critique

November 2014 – Enrolling Allies

October 2014 – Achieve Your Mission

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