Live work play, all are part of an infinite game.
You can merely ask why.
you can choose to build a future worth believing in.
All of us are players in a rather large and unwieldy game we design and 'produce' together.
Ask yourself three questions:
1. Is this game currently delivering on your expectations for [fill in the blank]?
2. What would it take right now to do the work you can't not do?
3. Do you have a more ambitious future in mind?
These questions are all personal, but the game involves billions of people. The analogy of a game assumes some core rules exist behind the scenes, rules that as people, we universally know, agree on and follow. The challenge is that this big game is not as orderly as the games we play for recreation. Currently it is a planet wide game. This game is already extending out into space. The number and diversity of the players is changing, yet we have a future we must shape together. If we agree to play on, we need to continue not only to exist but to be active, not passive players.
In the beginning, we have to make the challenge personal but keep the longer term in mind.
Do you feel in control here? If not, can we agree that the rules of the game, so far as they exist, are obscure, hidden and changing? Over a life time, odds are that you'll have some luck discovering more than one of these rules. You might choose instead to make your own luck inside the game.
How the game is played may have more to do with you, the player, than any other factor. We are unique as individuals. There are players who learn fast; they may learn more about the playing field than themselves. Most of us don't even presume to know ourselves fully but make the effort to learn as we can. Inward or outward looking, it is up to us as individuals to play a better and much bigger game.
We all have a contribution to make to the result.
Here are three paths you can take to make that happen:
Own your now
For people to be truly productive, the activities that people do at work, the places they work in and ways they work must hang together. More often than not, the 'threads' of work form a messy bundle. Work Design aims to make that bundle fit for purpose and to keep it that way. The challenge for you, the change manager or human resource person, the architect, interior designer, product designer, supplier, or facility manager, is to pull everyone's efforts together to get the best outcome.
Create what's next
You're a founder, an executive and you need to make good decisions quickly. You also need to be sure that your team can do the same. Decision making demands that you understand risk and uncertainty. Planning demandsthat you know enough of what's going on now to avoid unwanted surprises. Plans only slightly out of step with the world inside and outside your business can lead to dark days. Real time metrics - narrative data from your own people - will give you the winning edge you need.
Believe in beyond
If you are a small business owner, expert, researcher or student you'll be both blessed and cursed by endless information about any question you ask. If its vital to sort through that complexity to get to the best value, you'll want great tools and an effective, flexible approach. The challenge is that the many useful tools out there compete for your attention. Sensemaking is an agile, scaleable and practical way to anticipate and explore emerging issues in your field. Story data is your new friend.