Get leaders to commit to championing the change
A minimum of 6 people, sticky notes or colourful strips of paper, a sharpie, a hat or a bowl
Try to think of an object you associate with Easter except for eggs and rabbits. I bet it’s challenging.
So, why eggs and rabbits?
Both eggs and rabbits symbolise new life. This symbol holds a more significant meaning for us business improvement professionals. We know that for a new life, we must change first.
We can change our habits or mindset. Or, we can change how we react to our environment. To some extent, we can also change our situation.
But change is hard. I strive to forever get better at leading transitions to that new life.
Change or transformation is a long process that does not happen overnight. And if it does, it probably won’t stick.
A little bit of gamification goes a long way to making the journey fun.
So, are you up for our 1-2-3-Easter Egg Challenge For Egg-cellent Change Champions?
Step 1: Preparation
🕒 approx. 3 minutes
Get yourself a bunch of sticky notes and sharpies. You can also use colourful strips of paper or clean scratch papers. If you are working remote, you can try using a virtual spin wheel or a customisable randomiser.
Write affirmations separately on a note and pop them in a hat (or fishbowl). You’ll need one per person.
Virtual team leaders prepare by adding the statements to the spin wheel or their randomiser list instead.
Step 2: Gather your leadership team
🕒 approx. 5 minutes
It’s time to gather your team and explain the rules for the challenge. Online meetings may require some minor adjustments.
- Everybody draws a note from the hat and reads it out loud.
- Each group needs to fully align on what the statement means. For teams greater than 6 you can break into smaller groups or use break out rooms.
- What action will be used to track individual accountability over the week?
- For teams greater than 6 assign a group leader each and instruct them to run short daily check-ins.
- Remind the rest of the team of their commitment.
Step 3: The challenge 🥇
🕒 approx. 1 week
For one week, challenge yourself and the team to stay mindful of the “commitment” as you perform your daily tasks.
Touch base with your team throughout the week and at the end of the challenge.
You can use these questions to start the conversation:
If you find this challenge helpful, you can continue your practice for another week or more. You can shuffle the statement per team or generate new ones.
If you get stuck, watch this video for a little inspiration.
Ready to embrace the change process? Let us know your thoughts about the challenge.
If you want to learn more about how to make small improvements in leading or advocating for change, you might want to check out our latest online course Change Advocate.
Reach out if you need help implementing a Change Leadership Centre of Egg-cellence.
Eva is one of the masterminds behind Approach Services' blog and The 6 Cents of Change. She is an innovator, trainer and change manager. Her work has been published in Schmalenbach Journal of Business Research. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her two little boys and permaculture gardening.
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