I am in the Salt Lake City airport, heading to Portland to attend the BizBook Lab. I am looking forward to thinking A LOT, creating, and having some great conversations. My expectations are that it will feel more like a weekend workshop than a conference and more like a meet up than a meeting. And because it is also about sharing my "songs" with the "earth" (word with readers) it will also feel a bit Pow-Wowy, I think. There are some really smart people teaching and attending, so it might even be like a business book think tank.
What a great combination of experiences! Let's call it the PWWMUTT. And this got me thinking.... Why not have a PWWMUTT at your workplace?
- People dread meetings but LOVE meet-ups.
- Conferences are often boring but workshops and think tanks get our mental juices flowing.
- Pow Wows are exciting, fun, and cathartic.
I bet there is an important business opportunity or problem that would offer a perfect opportunity to use a PWWMUTT. Give it a try. If you are a manager, start the year off with a bang with a departmental PWWMUTT. Here are a few distinctions:
- Keep the group small.
- Set high - revolutionary - goals (for the type of experience, not a prescriptive agenda, that is a meeting) and get people thinking before the event.
- Invite the right people - smart, engaged, and diverse.
- Expose your group to some fresh ideas and thinking - heck, ask each of them to bring fresh ideas in with him or her.
- Facilitate informal but great dialogue.
- Use several formats within the PWWMUTT to change things up and allow people to build relationships.
- Gather and discuss the right topics! Something that matters. Something people care about.
I will let you know how my PWWMUTT goes. Will you do the same?