The challenge of driving change begins with the ability to shift one’s perspective from job details to job processes. People who can drive processes can drive change. Use this game to process re-design to “think process.”

Activity: What does the future hold?

The objective of this activity is to engage a group of planners in a “futuring exercise.”

Procedure:

Several days prior to your team or group planning session, distribute an agenda containing the broad categories of processes that must be re-designed in your organization. Some of these categories might include: allocation of time, promotion and retention, quality inspection of product, measurement of productivity, defining the company’s mission, follow-up to complaints, etc.

Use this exercise as an “ice breaker” at the beginning of the group planning session. As the planning session begins, instruct group members to have their agendas in from of them for reference.

Time requirement:

15 minutes – 2 hours

Supplies:

Meeting agendas, paper, pencils, flip chart and markers or white board and easy erase markers.

What to do:

Tell them that in today’s session they will respond to the statement, “I am personally most proud of the fact that we achieved …( fill in the blank).” Instruct participants to think of themselves in a future time such as 3 years, 6 months, etc. looking back on the results of their planning today. Ask each person in turn to refer to each item in turn on your planning agenda and respond from the framework of the future.

Discussion:

During discussion, group members will take various risks at overestimating and over-budgeting, and engage in various kinds of “outrageous” thinking. This should be encouraged, and will probably be not so outrageous but in the realm of possibility, because you have attached the modifier I am personally most proud…  People, even in futuring exercises, will build on what they know personally, and so will imbue their answers with some thread of possibility.

Your Job:

Your job as the meeting facilitator is to support the risk takers. You can do this by commenting on the worth or value to the company in their past contributions and you can help people name and identify their own stuymbling blocks to getting to that articulated future. state. You can be sensitive to the fact that each person in the planning group will be at a different stage of acceptance of change, and that each will be watching and sensing how others are supported during the futuring exercise.

Futuring can help reticent people to speak up with good ideas. Allow enough time for interaction between group members so that each can validate the other in various ways during discussion.

Source: This exercise is a variotion of the old training “warhorse” also referred to as “time capsule.” Reproducable games and activities from Games that Drive Change, Carolyn Nilson