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Where are you stuck at work?

Jack Craven
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January 15, 2017

Where are you stuck at work?

Notice that I didn’t ask if you are stuck, because we’re all stuck in some area of our lives.

Pause. Reflect. Be honest.  

Once the issue has been identified, I suggest that leaders schedule a meeting with the affected team members. First, be willing to be vulnerable; admit that you and the team are stuck. Suggest that a fresh approach might create positive results. Get everyone involved in planning a meeting to get unstuck. Think of a stimulating space for the team to meet. Instead, of a conference room, use an off-site space to support the creation of an energizing shift.  Next, who should be in the room? Perhaps invite a few new faces to add fresh perspectives. Consider adding an unvested professional to lead the process and challenge the current thinking. Infuse fun liberally; laughter and fun breed creativity. Encourage blue sky ideas and whiteboard them. Let every idea breathe. Have a rule that no one can say anything negative about ideas during this phase of the process. Instead, you want to foster a radically supportive mindset so your people will be more likely to suggest daring and innovative ideas. At the end of two recent meetings that I've led, many surprising and delightful new ideas and directions were discovered. There was a lot of laughter and the teams had fun. What a great way to turn frustration into joy and joy into positive new directions for your teams and organization.

Jack Craven
Jack Craven is an executive coach to business leaders, and the teams and companies they lead.

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