Thursday, October 4, 2012

The $100 Billion Challenge

In an effort to help people “Think Outside the Box,” I have developed a new exercise that I invite you to try out as you create visions for the future.

One of the problems in getting people to think creatively is that we are so immersed in our resource constraints that it is difficult to break free from them to dream of what we really want.  So here’s the exercise:

Tell a group that you want them to create a vision of what the organization would look like ideally if they could have it any way they wanted it – with no constraints whatsoever.  Then tell them to imagine that a group of billionaires have pooled their money together to make a grant of up to $100 billion to the organization that presents the most compelling, inspiring vision for their future. 

If you really had $100 billion at your disposal, what kind of organization would you create so you could make the greatest Mission Impact possible?  Freeing us from resource constraints helps put us in touch with our greatest dreams which truly inspire us to make the maximum impact possible.

Try this at your next retreat and watch the creativity flow!

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