Thursday, June 2, 2016

Help Wanted!


A while back, I wrote a blog post about putting the "I" in innovation. The intent was to show that change had to begin with each person taking action. That still rings true, but eventually, each of us needs someone else to join in or the idea will not be executed.

Take a look at this video:


I was reminded of this concept again today during some learning with Sudhakar Lahade from Steelcase (you can view Sudhakar's TEDx Talk on creativity here).

First follower, co-conspirator, partner in crime, volunteer...no matter what you call them, we all need them. Without them, our ideas go nowhere. How do we get them?

Like the shirtless leader in the video, we must be willing to lead from the front at first and be our own "help wanted" posting. We must keep modeling the dance until someone decides they want to dance, too. It can be lonely, but oh so worthwhile when our help wanted ad is answered. And the best part is that there is no interview or reference check. We immediately have someone with whom we can share the experience.

Beyond sharing the experience, our partner joins us in the thinking process and adds to the idea in ways we could not by ourselves. Now, our jointly-created second iteration is a new help wanted posting that may eventually attract even more volunteers. We continue to move forward, and use each person's contributions to improve the idea and the action we take to execute it.

Join the conversation....
What idea are you willing to lead on, and be a "help wanted" ad?


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