The well-living workplace involves fostering a workplace climate where you leverage shared experiences through generative conversations.
Well-Living Workplace is a place of work where persons live and work well together. Where they enjoy what they do and do what they enjoy.
Definition of Key Terms
foster → encourage, promote
climate → what happens along the lines and in the boxes of the organizational chart
leverage → use to maximum advantage
generative → groups produce re: production; individuals perform re: performance
conversation → exchange of ideas via spoken words
Question → Have you fostered conversations at meetings—whether one-on-one or in groups—that encourages the generation of new ideas?
If yes – provide evidence!
If no, why not?
Reflection Continuum → On a scale of 1 to 9, how important is this insight to your workplace within the next year? Given an 8 or above, consider the tip below. If 7 or below, look for another Monday Motivation blog post or download the book Monday Motivation 11 Insights.
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How will this insight influence my workplace for the upcoming week?
How will this insight influence how I manage-lead?
How will this insight help them to help me manage-lead?
Tip → Your Monday Motivation,
for the week ahead...
Manage a portion of your 5-9 person staff meeting (more people, adapt the activity) to include this well-living workplace activity:
Ask each person to share three ways to improve the workplace.
Have the first person share the three ideas. (As the facilitator, you are not the person to share - you can add your ideas later. Focus on the process!)
The next person selects one idea from the three and piggybacks to one of the first person’s three ideas WITH LIMITED EXPLANATION (maybe 20 seconds - it’s about sharing the ideas to develop the idea chain map for dialogue later).
Each person links one idea from the three they have brought to continue the idea chain or return to either of the two ideas mentioned by the first person to start another idea chain.
Keep track of the chain(s) - through visual language.
Have all persons connect their three ideas to the idea chain(s) - including yours!
[It’s possible an idea deserves its own idea chain. You can start a fourth, fifth chain OR place the idea in the parking lot for next meeting. However, if possible, do not use the parking lot technique. Instead, find a way to weave the idea into the idea chains. If it’s important for the person to identify the idea, it’s important to weave the idea(s) into the conversation. In doing so, you are facilitating a generative conversation!]
By the end of meeting, It’s important all persons in attendance get to share their three ideas and the ideas are recorded.
Facilitate dialogue ... So what? Now what? What else?
- decide what action is required
- identify the anticipated outcomes
- generate a mini-action project
- manage the project
Managing - Leading the Well-Living Workplace
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