As I have mentioned many times, I work with incredible people who teach me constantly. I was in a meeting with a critical care unit last week that showed a YouTube segment that synthesized leadership thought in a superb way. After seeing it again this morning, in another unit meeting, I thought I would pass along the content. The link is noted at the end of this post.
Simon Sinek has a book, titled, Start With Why. The three key questions of the book are:
1. Why are we doing this?
2. What if we did it another way?
3. How would we do that?
This YouTube clip appears to focus on the second question, for all of the statements are posed through the lens of:
1. What if I….and then
2. What if we?
Here are the statements…
1. What if I listened more?
2. What if I assumed positive intent?
3. What if I entertained new ideas?
4. What if I played Devil’s advocate?
5. What if I requested more feedback?
6. What if I offered more feedback?
7. What if I considered another perspective?
8. What if I wished without limits?
9. What if I walked in my co-worke’s shoes?
10. What if I spent time outside my comfort zone?
And the message concludes with ‘we’ statements….
1. What if we made an effort to share our histories?
2. What if we helped others understand their value?
3. What if we encouraged new points of view?
4. What if we celebrated success more often?
5. What if we changed our surroundings from time to time?
6. What if we considered teams results as impressive as individual results?
7. What if we enouraged risk taking?
8. What if we proactively practiced open mindedness?
9. What if we all respected one another?
10. What if we encouraged an environment of trust and collaboration?
And finally, based on all of the above….
What if we created our own innovation culture?
Again, the trap here is the simplicity. Please remember the statement that common sense is not common practice. There are items in the above 21 statements that could be game-changers for your area of focus if consistently applied.