Genius Mapping Exercise for Teams

As promised in this week’s Time Out for Game Changers episode, Get Your Whole Team Working in Their Genius, we described to you how Christine created the Great Genius Swap to help her whole team get more into their genius.  Each person got to get rid of one thing they hated doing, and got to hold onto one thing that they loved.  Becky did this with her team, too, with equally awesome results.  Our favorite thing about this – that always surprises us – is that there’s almost always someone who wants to do the thing someone else doesn’t want to do. You just have to ask.  Who knew?

As promised, we’re delighted to share our team genius mapping exercise with you. Click Genius mapping exercise to download this worksheet and start using it today!  As always, we welcome your feedback and we hope you find this useful.

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Get your whole team working in their genius

 

It’s one thing to get yourself working in your zone of genius most of the time, but what about your entire team?  It’s possible.  Christine created an exercise called the Great Genius Swap that any team can use to re-align and re-assign key activities in a way that optimizes for collective genius.  In this webcast we share how anyone can do this with any team.  We hope you like it and give it a try.

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Genius Tracker

As promised in this week’s Time Out for Game Changers episode, Let Go of Excellence and Embrace Genius, we described to you how Becky used the Genius Tracker to face into the percent of her time she was spending in her genius and make new agreements with her employer.  As promised, we’re delighted to share our Genius Tracker with you.   We suggest that you keep this spreadsheet open all day as you’re working, and log each new activity in as you go.  It’s too hard to remember at the end of the day.  Then categorize whether that time was in your zone of genius, excellence, competence, or incompetence.  The spreadsheet will automatically calculate your percentages in each zone as you go.  Use one tab for each week, ideally four weeks in a row.  The summary tab will give you the big picture feedback for all four weeks.  Click genius tracker for share to download this spreadsheet and start using it today!  As always, we welcome your feedback and we hope you find this useful.

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Let go of Excellence and Embrace Genius

In this week’s Time Out for Game Changers Episode, Becky & Christine share a tool they created called the Genius Tracker.  It helps you track how you’re spending your time, and whether you’d categorize yourself as being in your zone of Incompetence, Competence, Excellence, or Genius.   Using the Genius Tracker, you’ll be able to identify which things you’re doing that are fully in your Genius, so you can do more of those, and which things you’re doing that aren’t so genius, so you can delegate, trade with colleagues, or just stop doing them completely.

This episode was inspired largely by Gay Hendrick’s book The Big Leap, which we highly encourage all Game Changers to read as soon as possible!

We hope you enjoy this and we look forward to engaging with you about your genius on our facebook page.

 

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Blame Eliminator

In last week’s Time Out for Game Changers, we shared the Hendricks Institute’s Blame Eliminator as a way to begin to shift from victim to creator.  Many of you expressed interest in using this scale for yourselves.  Drs. Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks created this scale and taught us how to use it.  They are both incredibly generous and we are delighted to be able to share this with you, too.  Click on blame eliminator to download this awesome tool now.

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Liberating yourself from the tyranny of e-mail

Buried by the amount of e-mail in your inbox?  Overwhelmed?  Answering e-mail after hours just to keep up with the relentless flow of communications?   Don’t despair. It’s possible to completely transform your relationship with your inbox.  Becky & Christine both have eliminated e-mail as a source of overwhelm in their lives without missing a beat on essential communications about their work.  In this video, we share an essential skill for Game Changers:  shifting out of “victim” and into “creator.”  This is a skill we will cover again and again, and we thought e-mail was a great place to start!

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Openness to Discovery Scale

In last week’s Time Out for Game Changers, we shared the Hendricks Institute’s Openness to Discovery Scale as a way to begin to transform your relationship with receiving feedback.  Many of you expressed interest in using this scale for yourselves.  Drs. Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks created this scale and taught us how to use it.  They are both incredibly generous and we are delighted to be able to share this with you, too.  Click on openness to discovery scale to download this awesome tool now.

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Receiving Feedback Like a Game Changer

A lot of people dread receiving feedback.  Not Game Changers.  Feedback, in all its forms, is a way for you to discover what you are committed to, which opens up the possibility of learning and – if you’d like – creating something different.

In this episode, Becky & Christine use the Hendricks Institute’s Openness to Discovery Scale to demonstrate completely different responses to feedback.  The first response – on the minus end of the scale – keeps us stuck in a cycle of victimhood.  The second response – on the plus end of the scale – opens us up to learning and creativity.

The Openness to Discovery Scale is an incredibly powerful tool for personal and leadership development.  Sign up here to stay in touch with the Game Changer community and we will e-mail you a free copy of this scale.

We hope you enjoy this and look forward to engaging with you on facebook!

 

 

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How to Say What’s On Your Mind Without Being a Total Jerk


This is the first of our new series “5 Minute Time Out for Game Changers.”  Our intention is to inspire and provoke social change agents to discover more freedom, connection, and creativity as they work to make the world a better place.

We’re excited to get this conversation going in our sector and build the community of like-minded and like-hearted change agents.  We’re also excited to learn more about the kinds of challenges Game Changers like you face every single day.  Whatever it is – we have a hunch we can provide some thought-provoking ideas.

So here’s our first video – “How to Say What’s On Your Mind Without Being a Total Jerk.”  Let us know what you think!  Agree?  Disagree strongly?  Heard it all before?  We wanna know.

Enjoy…

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Sequestering Blame

As Christine and I got ready for work Friday morning, we were bemoaning the sequestration. Through our work on homelessness, we’ve heard that as many as 100,000 poor people may lose all or part of their housing subsidies, and that’s just one part of one agency affected by this.  Sequestration means automatic, across the board funding cuts, and it is hard to imagine any non-profit agency whose work won’t be affected by this in some way, and our guess is that it’s probably going to hurt.

Let me share where my mind went to immediately:  blame.  “I wonder what people in the tea party are going to think now,” I said, assuming that they’d feel some remorse for pushing for less government.  Christine didn’t miss a beat, “they’re going to blame the Democrats.”  Zing!  I don’t watch much television, but I imagine that if I did, I’d be seeing a whole lot of blame and criticism for both political parties.  To what end, really?  What is the point of all this bickering?

Blame and criticism are a sure-fire way to shut down any relationship – personal, professional, or political.  Blame is essentially saying “you did this bad thing and now I am at the effect of it/you.”  Criticism is finding fault with the other person – attacking or picking apart or putting down.  Speaking for myself, personally, I only blame or criticize when I feel scared.  This morning, when I thought about all the people who might lose their housing as a result of the sequestration, I felt scared.  I felt butterflies in my stomach and I felt my brain immediately go into a “whose fault is this?” defender mode.  Think about the last time you blamed or criticized someone.  I bet that underneath that, you were afraid of something.

Christine and I founded The Social Change Agency to support non-profit leaders in creating thriving teams that make the world a better place.  We believe that regardless of what is going on that is beyond your control – like, say, sequestration – non-profit leaders have the ability to do enormous good in the world, and we want to help them out.  We believe it’s possible to create a team culture that is completely free of blame and criticism – behaviors that kill relationships and inhibit creativity.

How did I shift out of blame and back into creativity?  First I noticed that I was blaming, which Christine so skillfully brought to my attention.  Then I allowed myself to face into the fact that I felt scared about something that I can’t control.  Then I went back to my home office and meditated for 15 minutes.  When I finished,  I asked myself this question, “What would I most like to create today?” and the answer came through to me clearly:  explore my thoughts on blame and criticism with all of you through writing this blog!  Note:  I’m not saying the sequestration isn’t a big deal, I’m saying that I can consciously choose where to direct my attention, and I choose doing something creative and productive.

It is possible that your work has been directly affected by the sequestration, or will be soon.  Even still, you, too, have a choice:   will you mire yourself in blame and criticism, or will you focus your attention on what you can create, on what is within your span of influence.

So, we ask…what would you most like to create today?

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