That we find some low-hanging fruit to use as sub-goals ensures us 2 things. Firstly, it ensures that we very quickly create results on the way towards the overall goal – whether this be better sales, better earnings, fewer sick days, better implementation, new strategy or something else. In addition, it ensures that momentum, commitment and desire are maintained among the participants / colleagues to work further. They have now experienced rapid success, and are quickly ready for the next “low-hanging fruit”.
So an example could be that a company would like to have improved production and delivery processes. We thereby use our method for this.
All employees / participants now have the opportunity to come up with ideas and thoughts on how this can be created and realised – seen from their place in the organization. And no questions are stupid – because these have already been asked by the facilitator, thus legitimizing the creative process for everyone.
The thoughts and ideas are now written on a board, and shuffled around, according to where they can stand in the process. Inputs are prioritized on an ongoing basis, some are “merged” and refined.
In the process, the questions will be the way we “pressure test” our ideas and thoughts. So every time we come up with something out of the ordinary, then they have to re-think their position.
During the process, the facilitator then selects the person(s) to be appointed as “ambassadors” in the future. The people the facilitator can see create ideas and can gather others around themselves and the idea. At the end of the workshop, these people will then be given responsibility for helping to work further with the sub-elements that suited the individual the most.
Before the first workshop is over, we now have a number of ideas and thoughts to work on. But most importantly, we have selected the few that will initially be worked on with… the low-hanging fruits. And those responsible and deadlines have been set for them.
The organization is now involved in a process that they have helped to define themselves.
If you want more input on how such a process can be run, and how we recommend it, feel free to contact us, we would of course also really like to give a presentation on where and how we could be considered in the process, to create added value.
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