Sometimes, when you hear the Idea Friendly Method, you think I’m asking you to do a lot of new things. I’m not. You’re doing plenty now, maybe more than enough. And you have the tools you need, right there in that phone in your hand.
You just need to shift your behaviors. Here’s what I mean.
Old way: Formal Structured committees, officers, meetings, notes, reports New way: Informal Get-togethers, self-organized, idea exchanges, action
Old way: Control Issuing orders, commands, follow-ups, accountability New way: Chaos Trying, acting, talking, duplicating, starting, stopping, retrying, repeating, learning
Old way: Few Officials, appointments, selections, committees, officers, back rooms, the old guard New way: Crowd Lots of people, everyone, anyone who wants to
Old way: Decide Pick winners, eliminate choices, cut off options, streamline, one “best” way New way: Test Experiment, test, try, fail, succeed, partly fail, learn, revise, give up on some things, get better through experience
Old way: Isolated Meetings with no public attendance, gatekeepers, qualifications, prerequisites, requirements New way: Connected Out and present in the community, participating, listening, involving
Old way: BIG Large projects, big costs, hard to do, long term, difficult to stop New way: small Tiny businesses, small steps, little failures, small successes, easy to do, short term, easy to quit if not working
Old way: Failure is bad Hide failures, don’t talk about them, be embarrassed, remind people of their failures to shame them. New way: Failure is good Learn from failure, celebrate good tries, look for lessons, let things go quickly that aren’t working
Start by moving just a few things from the Old Way to the New Way. Instead of voting, run some tests. Instead of keeping minutes, let things happen. Swap out a boring meeting for a fun action session instead. Don’t talk about wanting to be a cleaner town when you could each go sweep your own sidewalk and tag it #CleanYourOwnSidewalkDay on Instagram to generate more public conversation.
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