One challenge when training managers is how to get away from the same tired old messages about encouraging self-organization and collaboration without inducing synchronized eye-rolls in tandem with a harmony of groans. The words have lost their potency.
I stumbled upon a simple exercise that might work.
Suppose the goal is to develop your employees into self-organizing and accountable teams. Ask instead:
How can I get my employees to be completely dependent on me and irresponsible?
Have your managers generate a list. (Trust me, the ideas will flow). Then, have them re-phrase the list into the opposite of what’s on the list. Here is what it might look like.
Just a stale way to deal with the new. 🙂
If you’ve tried this, please share your results!