This week’s focus point…Building Puzzles.
This past weekend, Barb and I traveled to visit her parents, which required a trip across the ferry. Normally, I sit and read and relax on ferries, but on the weekends, I use it to get a little exercise in. The ferry is a 30-minute crossing and based on my Fitbit calculations, about 2500 steps. I opted to get some steps in!
As I walked around my first lap, I noticed a half-finished puzzle on one of the tables. This is quite usual. It’s there for any passenger to share in the building of a 1000 piece puzzle. By the time I made my first full lap, a gentleman was sitting there working on it. For those that partake, it’s a shared experience among people that don’t even know each other, for the purposes of one mission. To complete the puzzle. It’s an exercise in working towards a greater good.
What would your workplace and company be like if people that DID know each other worked in a similar fashion? Instead of arguments, agendas, and drama over projects and shared objectives, they could work like the puzzle-makers to find solutions, make decisions, and solve puzzles quickly for the benefit of all. As a leader, you create the environment to do this. How you influence people will have a direct correlation on their desire to build puzzles collaboratively or tear them apart before it even gets going. How will you foster puzzle building in your teams this week?
This week’s quote –
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. “