Your feeds are on fire with news about Tom Hanks and the NBA. In the next 24 hours you receive 50 emails and 75 text messages about a scenario neither you nor your organization have experienced before. They didn’t teach this in your MBA program or recent leadership training.
A day of emergency meetings results in an overnight shift of your culture to WFH. Laptops with VPNs are ordered up for your team. You never knew how many virtual meeting platforms there are until now.
You are managing an initiative that’s vital to your company. Instead of waiting for a company-wide policy on virtual platforms, you ask your tech-savvy daughter to recommend one. She’s 12.
In the virtual world you have the same communication issues you have IRL: dominant narratives, late arrivals, people passing snarky notes, and one you hadn’t thought about — time zones. Getting everyone in the same meeting at the same time on the new platform only adds to the complexity of your challenge. And when you do get everyone in a virtual room, you are swamped by a hundred pages of transcript and notes you have to interpret.
Then you add 21 Day Story to your process. And your team gets wings.
Your 21 Day Story Sprint
Your sprint begins — first, you and your team articulate and prioritize what’s needed to keep your initiative on schedule and deliver it on time. You anticipate obstacles. Canvass your history for data relevant to your future. Re-define and refine your roles and behaviors for this new world. You are back on track!
Next, you generate, explore and optimize more ideas than you might in a month of IRL conversations. All your guidance is informed by a layer of data you’ve never had before. The data is more honest because you’ve provided a safe space for people to speak their minds. This data comes to you with immediate relevance to the problem you are solving together.
And in less total time than it used to take you to commute to the office*, the team reaches agreements on timelines, budgets, assignments and other parameters for delivering your project.
Your World Transformed
At the conclusion of your 21 Day Story sprint, you have a roadmap co-created by the people responsible for making it happen.
The best thing of all is that some of the best ideas are may be coming from people who’ve never been asked before.
People begin bringing their pets and introducing their children to virtual meetings. Someone starts a Slack channel to share recipes for home-cooked meals.
Your world has changed, and it has been an opportunity for your team and its process to transform along with it. You will never go back to the old way of convening again.
*The average time spent per person on a 21 Day Story sprint is 34 minutes. In terms of cost/benefit, it is the best investment you’ve ever made.