What Inspires Me Now?
In the article Creating the Best Workplace on Earth, HBR May 2013 you can find a ‘Dream Company’ Diagnostic, a short survey you can use with your employees. It will certainly give you good insights. To get the questions right away, click here.
Brainwriting instead of the traditional brainstorming has better results: people seem more at ease to write down their ideas instead of saying them out loud. That is why I use a lot of post-it notes in my team coaching sessions. Also an interesting idea is drawing your ideas in team meetings. More interesting tips can be found in: Visual Meetings by David Sibbet.
Mindmapping is such a creative and inspirational way of thinking. I became fascinated by it when I saw my daughter doing it at school, wondering how come I never was taught this? Tony Buzan’s books are a great place to start: The Mind Map Book or Using Both Sides of your Brain.
The 12 Frames of Mind to which virtually all performance outcomes can be attributes in the workplace are published in Jim Clifton’s new book, The Coming Jobs War. I am not keen on books that start with ‘war’ but the list of 12 frames of mind can be very useful, you can check the list here.
The Progress Principle is a book publised by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer. They analized nearly 12.000 emails of employees and concluded that progress is the single most powerful influence on inner work life. Read my book review published in the Journal of Solution Focus in Organisations here.
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos, explains the importance of company culture and costumer service. Fun and inspiring!
Jim Collins’ Good to Great has been around already since 2001, not exactly new, but still inspiring. I particularly like the idea of ‘getting the right people on the bus, in the right seat’. The right people are not always the ones with the right education, experience, etc. but are first of all, people who fit the values of the company!
The Improbable Research site wants to draw attention on research that make people laugh first and then think. They even have an Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. What do you think of ”Leaning to the Left Makes the Eiffel Tower Seem Smaller”? True or False?