I have always believed in and seen the proven benefit of not drinking the Kool-Aid when approaching a problem or opportunity. There is a thing called "group think," which in the everyday of running an organization looks like heads down and people choosing the path of least resistance until quitting time.
We can put pool tables and coffee bars in our organizations in support of creativity, but those gestures really fall short of what really pushes organizations and its people to put its best foot forward. What's more effective? Giving permission to think, expand, attempt and fail. Yes, fail. Failure is the only way - personally and organizationally - to succeed.
If "managed" (aka flexibility and agility of teams) and an emphasis on the pursuit of excellence and success, team efforts can take organizations to new stratospheres -- just as we did reaching the moon.
Rather than focusing on our "to do" lists as a day well spent, why not step aside to reflect and learn -- to sit in a new environment, read or listen to something new that's compelling, and/or journal -- at least once a month. The research on the benefits of doing so is out there.
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Two resources that can help jump start your understanding:
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It is the place for us to make note of changing times, new ways of thinking, and provide examples of how greater impact is being created. It's also a spot we can focus on people. And, occasionally, showcase the type of projects the Gokotta team supports (see "Case Studies" below).