If you've ever been through the strategic planning process before, you know how it usually goes: a bunch of people sit in a room and push their priorities for the next cycles, the group settles on some goals, and the few who are willing to take it on do the work to distill everything into a document. Said document sits on a shelf for three years, then the process begins again.
Fortunately for me, I work for an organization that loves to innovate, and our new strategic planning cycle presents the perfect opportunity to do things differently. Enter Deeper Funner Change, a consultancy that is changing the way leaders engage with each other and with their organizations. The amazing team at DFC led a revolutionary retreat for our leadership team and board members, and we're already using these awesome new tools in our daily work. I encourage you to check out their video about a new approach to collaboration, here: Deeper Funner Video.
I've worked with companies that are very resistant to outside perspectives--bringing in that consultant to solve a tricky problem or hiring a mediator to facilitate inter-team conflict resolution can be scary. What if they see that we aren't perfect? What if it turns out we are doing it all wrong? It can feel like a radical step to open our organizations to criticism when we don't have to. However, the fact remains that outsiders can see what we're missing in a way we never will from the inside. I encourage you to be unafraid, open to outside influence, and brave enough to ask for help. Think of it as unlocking a mystery or solving a riddle--and follow the fear.