2. Bring along outspoken and extroverted co-workers who you mostly disagree with, or might not feel comfortable with.
Overcome your pride, put your ego away and get out of your comfort zone. Ignore the uneasiness of being with square pegs and strive to make the first step as a leader to break the ice and reach out! Remember, you are the cultural flagship of your enterprise.
3. Do not put yourself under pressure by forcing yourself and your team to expect anything other than letting your thinking wander around and start the creative process.
Putting yourself and your group under the pressure of “delivering” will more than likely destroy any potential creativity you or your group might have! Remember, creativity kicks in when least expected… walking around, resting, sipping on your favorite coffee specialty, or even day-dreaming.
4. Be humble, personal, vulnerable and real with your people.
Wirearchy ought to replace antiquated hierarchy and thus establish horizontal points of connection instead of the old vertical leadership lines of authority, which is now completely outdated! Invite your team to a morning of horse riding lessons and then surprise them with an afternoon of an inter-team polo match. You will end up laughing your head off as likely most of them may not have ever been on a horse before! A guaranteed story which will be talked about for days, weeks and years to come.
5. Promote employee trust by opening the doors to communication and disagreement.
Allow people to vent and complain! Allow trivia, irrelevant things, silly and out-of-reach ideas! The more divergent those are, the more your company will benefit from the event; maybe not right away, but eventually an open co-worker culture will gamify work without expensive gamification software acquisition! Give employees “the right to bitch” as ING Direct CEO did in Canada!
What is your take on outrageous communication? Will you consider a new format for your next meeting or get together? Looking forward to your comments and suggestions.
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