Guide your teams.
We’re all human. Acting that way can help you connect to the group and get real about the challenge that you are facing. Learn how to use stories, and encourage your group to build on each other and embrace sharing ideas—even if they are not fully formed yet.
Add to the Blitz experience with stories. If time allows invite a Wrong Thinker to share a brief story with the group that will help set the scene for each phase of thinking wrong.
This should not be a formal presentation. Instead, prompt storytellers to get real with the group by sharing a personal story of when they embodied a Think Wrong Practice in their life. Has someone in the group pursued the bold path to make a change in their life or industry? Is there an Outsider in the group who exemplifies letting go of biases or beliefs to solve a problem in new ways? Do you know a Maker that might share their craft to inspire creativity among the group?
Stories can have great influence. Making a human connection that resonates with Wrong Thinkers will not only drive home the intent of the practice, but also connect participants to each other, and to the larger challenge at hand.
Yes, and more ideas.
“Yes, but-ers” got you down? All too often the devil’s advocate or the word “no” get in the way of a bold idea. You might hear teams pulling a “yes, but” on each other, or just shooting down ideas altogether. Flip the script, and encourage plussing. Instruct teams to accept and build on every offer.
Have teams elaborate on each others’ ideas to see how wild and crazy they can become. Instead of killing ideas early, give them legs and let them run to see how they might transform—you can always kill after they have had time to grow and advance.
Make things interesting. Encourage a little competition among teams by challenging them to top each idea with an even bigger, bolder idea. Make plussing a game where the team with the weirdest idea wins. Invite the team with the idea farthest away from the status quo to hit the lunch line first. Watch teams play along to reveal ideas that could not be conceived in any other way.
Write it down.
Go ahead, say what you’re thinking. Idea not fully formed? Put it up there.
Have a twist on an idea that has already been shared? Put it up there.
Worried your idea is spelt wrong? Spelling doesn’t count in a Blitz—put it up there.
See where we are going with this?
At first it may feel uncomfortable for Wrong Thinkers to collaborate in this way, but it is all part of the process.
Instruct teams to not be precious with their ideas—speak up and let them flow! Even if you believe that your idea is not fully fleshed out, it can lead to a true breakthrough.
Wrong Thinkers develop new ideas together by sparking their teammates’ imaginations. This collaboration can gain traction quickly—you never know what contributing idea may lead to a truly original way into our challenge.