Enter Cheesecake-Monday. Yup, again maybe an off-the-nutrition-chart item, but maybe that's what it takes for creativity - to step away from the charts and graphs and be inspired. My Cheesecake-Mondays meetings are the jump start to my week where I meet with an inspiring colleague to talk about our writing, ideas and presentation work, and to share what we call the "one good thing". We set a goal together of finding one good thing each week that we report back on the next Monday. It creates an awareness and mindfulness tone to our weeks. Sharing the "one good things" we find opens us up to finding more. It's not a new idea and we are making the most of the concept.
5 ways to use Fry-Friday and Cheesecake-Monday to jump start your team creativity
- Take the meeting out of the boardroom and get off the phone. Choose a setting that allows the team to leave the laptops and whiteboards for awhile
- Give your meeting a designation, a label. Make it your own. Be lofty or silly, The Cinnamon Bun Summit, Spaghetti Factory Spark, Tuesdays with Susie, whatever you choose.
- Set a time limit for an hour at the most. This creates an urgency to walk right in, sit right down and let the party begin
- Don't talk about the weather. Templates, agendas, standardized topics and reporting can stifle the creativity we want to express. Save those types of meetings for what they are for - measuring results, setting business goals, etc. The stuff that keep the wheels on the bus. What we are looking for here is keeping the bus interesting for the team to ride in.
- Leave with a call to action. Much like the”gratitude and one good thing” calls to action, challenge your team to be creative in what they bring back next week. You are going to get the stats, the department updates anyway, so ask the team to bring back not only one good thing, but what they are going to do with it.