Facilitate a discussion: how do I feel about this? What excites me about it? What worries me about it? If possible, do an exercise to get them to experience collaboration under pressure.
If possible, do an exercise to get them to experience collaboration under pressure. The Tennis Ball Game works very well and could be used between the two videos. (25 min)
After the discussion, share the story of Jeha, a mythical character – the village fool – in the oral storytelling traditions of Mount Lebanon. Introduce the story by saying: “A key idea of 100-Day Challenges is committing to results that will be delivered in 100 days. Why 100 days? What’s special about this time frame?” You can show the video or tell the story using the slides.
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What if one or more leadership stakeholders are uncomfortable with the idea of ‘letting go’ – and leaving it to the team to set the goal? Their worry being the team will aim low and play it safe.
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This could be tricky. But here’s a way to use it as a ‘teachable moment’. It involves some risk. But it is worth trying. You can assure the leaders that they have the option to ask the team to ‘move their goal post up’ when they engage with them at the end of the lift-off workshop. Ask where they, the leaders, would like to see the team set its goal. And note this down. If things go well, the leaders will be pleasantly surprised that the goal set by the team is higher than the goal they had envisioned. This may be a good ‘aha moment’ about trusting the team and those lower in the organisational hierarchy.
Jot down thoughts on these questions – to the extent they are relevant to your experience at the session:
They did some work before you received the Challenge Note. This included:
Mentors will participate in all or part of the Lift-Off Workshop, mostly at the start to provide context and answer questions, and at the end to give you and your teammates feedback about the goal and plan you develop.
During the 100 days following the Lift-Off Workshop, here’s what the Mentors will do: