Windward & Lee

Windward & Lee

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What is this for? This activity helps a group of people quickly align on key challenges (or opportunities) to focus on moving forward. Mindset and core principles It's important to have a sense of optimism and positivity, even when looking at many negative aspects. Other important aspects are a comfortable environment, a customer-perspective, and choosing "progress over perfection" to act more rapidly.

Overview

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Step 1: Start with positives

  • Set a 5 min timer
  • Positives are like "wind in your sail"
  • In silence all the participants write multiple "things that are moving us forward" (one thought per sticky)
  • The facilitator reads them out loud quickly
    • This feels uplifting for the group and also helps the group to think of the opposing negative things e.g.:
      • Positive: "Skilled and enthusiastic team members" ➞ might help someone think of a negative, like "difficult to communicate & share information"
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Step 2: Then the challenges

  • Set another 5 min timer
  • Challenges are more like "anchors, slowing us down"
  • The participants now write multiple negatives: "What is holding us back" (one thought per sticky) Facilitator does not read these out! Highlighting negatives can be demoralising and isn't as useful.

Step 3: Vote & Prioritize

  • Set a 5 min timer
  • Each group member gets 3 votes each
  • They can place those votes on the negative stickies (can put more than one vote on a single sticky, and can vote on their own stickies)
  • The facilitator then re-arranges the top voted stickies in order so they remain visible on the board for all to see

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Practice it now

Use the sample board below to try out this activity.

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