This idea was inspired by a recognition approach from one of the organizations I was in back in the corporate world. We awarded baby playdough - you know the little ones you find in a party pack - to individuals who suggested creative, out of the box ideas to move our overall big picture vision forward. It didn't matter if the idea was implemented as much as it was rewarding the creativity and courage for sharing something different. We wanted to achieve something different and we knew the "same old, same old" type of thinking wouldn't help.
It's like Einstein said, "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
In addition to shaping and sharing new ideas and thinking out of the box, I saw the playdough with a couple of other reminders. One was to detach from the outcome and be willing to start over when needed. Sometimes we can get so attached to an idea or thing that we can't let it go in order to make room for something better. Maybe that first product or deliverable was good, but if it's not really serving your peeps, then finding another way and reshaping what you have or even starting over with a fresh perspective or design might be what's needed.
The playdough was also a reminder that you are influencing - or shaping - those around you, whether they are team members, clients, or family. You have the potential to positively or negatively influence others, so focus the energy you spend with purpose and on serving to make a positive impact. When you do this, you are not only shining and sharing your own light but you're inspiring and encouraging others to courageously and confidently do the same.
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