25 unconventional coaching and facilitation tools to surprise and delight
Level of unconventionalness out of 10 = 2
- Identify as many ways of making the current situation worse - ie how can you have more of the problem,
- Have fun and get absurd,
- Mind maps on a flip chart are great for this with everyone contributing (as you'll discover below, it's not such a creative process with one person doing it alone!)
- Once you have a lovely long list identify mitigating actions to ensure the suggestions don't trip you up, nor are the reason for your future or continued failure.
How to have the worse Christmas/holiday ever.
- Leave everything to the last minute
- Be very unclear with others about your plans
- Don't listen to what others want
- Steam roller ahead with your own plans
- Say yes to everything - work and personal
- Say no to everything
- Say yes to things you don't want to do
- Say no to things you do want to do
- Set unrealistic deadlines
- Focus on one task to the exclusion of everything else on your to-do list
- Have no idea what preparation you need to have done
- Do no preparation
- Put pressure and stress on everyone around you ahead of their holidays
- Start to erode into other people's holidays by giving them work at the last minute (e.g sending out a tender on Christmas eve with a deadline of 2nd Jan - but you'd never do that would you?)
- Party hard every day running up to the holiday (although I realise for some this might make for the best holiday ever)
During the holiday
- Read your emails daily
- Interrupt other people's holidays with work
- Ignore and don't speak to anyone (again this might be someone's idea of bliss)
- Spend most of your time head down in social media
- Do nothing you enjoy
- Ensure only those that don't get along are invited to the same party/meal
- Focus on the negative to the exclusion of any positive
- Spend lots of time with people you don't get along with
- Be ungrateful for everything
- Eat and drink nothing you enjoy
- Play at being Scrooge
- and so on.
- Be grateful every day
- Plan to do what you enjoy doing
- Be clear about the criteria for success for you for the holiday
- Understand other's criteria for success
- Plan ahead
- Develop and prioritise a to-do list - NOW
- Identify things you can do in spare moments throughout the weeks running up to the holiday
- Delegate if possible
- Say no, or ask if it can wait till Jan
- Use your out of office to manage expectations
- Ensure people know now when you're planning to be away.
- Don't go cold turkey with your emails - wean yourself off them slowly over December (other suggestions for email management can be found here)
- and so on
You may also find that these suggestions could be applied to a challenge you're facing. As you reflect on that challenge review the above suggestions and notice what you notice. You may just be surprised with what you discover.
Benefits: Fun means of finding solutions without the defences going up about the reason for the current situation. Great way of uncovering the obvious we're ignoring/have forgotten about!
Uses: Strategy and Vision Setting, Coaching, Problem Solving, Creativity & Innovation
Participants: Better when there's a few of you to bounce ideas off each other and have fun together.
Alison SmithUnlocking procurement potential - using conventional and unconventional tools
Procurement and Business Speaker, Coach, Trainer, & Facilitator
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Earlier in the year I applied some of the unconventional tools shared in this series of advent posts to common procurement challenges - more here. Otherwise, I wonder what will be behind window 2, and what tool will get the coveted 10/10 on the unconventionalness scale!
NB: Conventional thinking can simply give us more of what we've already got which is why I always consider the applicability of an unconventional tool or two in any situation.