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“when you set a goal…” – Shaquille O’Neal on goal-setting

Shaquille O’Neal recently said in a Times-Picayune interview, “when you set a goal…you’ll achieve it or you won’t achieve it.” That delights me. We’ve heard enough about the fact that if we set a goal we’ll achieve it. Yes, that happens sometimes. And sometimes it doesn’t. Perhaps the primary value instead is in the setting of the goal itself- how it focuses us, energizes us, and helps guide us through a life that is usually too complex. Goals can be simplifiers that cut out extraneous noise around us and aim us, like an archer aims an arrow. We’ll achieve that goal….or we won’t. Let’s shift the value to ground we know to be true – plant the seed of a goal in the soil of happiness and energy. Let the tending of the seed and the small plant be the joy in itself. This concept is explored more in Quixote Consulting’s GRPI model Team Quest.

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Abandon all hope of fruition – a contrarian view of project management

My last post talked about the Buddhist slogan of “abandon all hope of fruition.” What if we put that in the center of any project we were managing, either in our own lives or work team life? We’re left simply with, “am I able to find the delight/peace/fulfillment that is available to me at any moment of the day in any task?” That’s not an easy question. But all we know we have for sure is this moment. And if we want to be plumb, to be on target with our task, we need strong building blocks. Work done soured by resentment or endless perceived self-sacrifice is not a firm foundation. Persistence is built brick by patient brick. Those bricks and the cornerstones are all made of the same stuff – the quality of our lives right in this moment. Writing blog posts comes to mind for me. I can either trudge away, writing in hopes that I’ll hear from readers, that I’ll get more readers, that I’ll somehow get more work from what I write, that they’ll transform into books, and on and on. Or I can focus on delight as I write each word of each post. That second option works much, much better for me. Look at a project that is important to you right now – something that you want to change and transform. Now imagine abandoning any hope of fruition. This doesn’t mean fruition is actually any closer or further away. We’re just letting go of the hope that fruition will occur. How might you walk through this project differently today unburdened by that unhelpful hope? There’s a reason for each project that we take on. What is the underlying purpose? Where is the element of play hidden in the project? If you put aside the concept of self-sacrifice, where is the element of passion in the project for you today? All of these questions are much easier to answer if you…abandon all hope of fruition. Prints of the image above can be purchased from the artist here. Teams can explore project management team building in Quixote Consulting’s GRPI model Team Quest.

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Interpersonal – The I in the GRPI Model

The geese flying south trust each other to spell the lead goose when needed, that the lead goose won’t stay for too long or too short a time, that at a certain point they’ll all need to rest and eat in a safe place before continuing on. And they give each other feedback – you can hear it often. They trust each other and communicate openly. Teams that have successful interpersonal relationships know the individual strengths of members on their team, care about each other as people, make and keep commitments with each other, and take the often difficult actions that establish mutual trust.  The interpersonal relationship piece is an elusive (and often forgotten) part of the GRPI tool. When people do care about each other as people and know that they’re cared about as well, teams become very strong and very durable in the face of adversity. Quixote Consulting’s GRPI Team Quest helps teams explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities.

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GRPI Team Quest: GRPI model and team development tool

The GRPI model is a tool used by teams to increase the effectiveness of their team development, for better project management and many other areas. Developed by Richard Beckhard, the GRPI tool is simple enough to be memorable with enough depth to be useful again and again in a variety of situations. If your team is lost in the weeds, the GRPI model helps team members reconnect with a common purpose and realign with what’s most important for you all. GRPI stands for: Goals Roles Process Interpersonal Quixote Consulting uses action learning to explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities. These team building activities allow teams to go down the GRPI checklist and self-assess their performance. Each of these team building activities is collaborative, with multiple rounds to help teams improve their performance using the GRPI model. All of the activities are also perfect for systems thinking and six sigma ‘lean’ team building. Get a GRPI on your team’s development and go from ‘Good to GRPI’ on the next project your team manages! GRPI Team Activities to Experientially Explore the GRPI Model Some examples of action learning business simulations the GRPI model can be explored experientially are below. On Target Quixote Consulting’s most popular collaborative team building activity In this multi-round activity, the group is separated into smaller groups and given a task: deliver a maximum number of balls into specific buckets within strict time deadlines in the midst of a rapidly changing environment. As the activity progresses, the participants find that they must challenge their own assumptions about competition, problem solving, and “the way it’s always been done,” in order to reach their goals. Innovation, team collaboration and team communication skills are honed in our most popular collaborative team building activity! Picture This You have some of the information but can you communicate what you know? Who will see the big picture? Each person gets images that are part of a larger sequence. Together the group must decipher the sequence and get the images laid out in order without any person seeing anyone else’s images while the clock ticks! Will the group see the big picture in time or will they get bogged down in details…or worse yet, fail to notice a crucial part of the image in time? This complex verbal communication skill builder has a powerful “aha” factor that makes the grand unveiling unforgettable! Make the Connection This puzzling challenge requires the whole group to collaborate and communicate – quickly. Twenty five pieces link in innovative ways. Can you make the connection? This collaborative team building activity challenges groups to communicate with impact, listen actively, foster teamwork and collaboration and get engaged – quickly. Sharing Best Practices: The Big Info Swap Two sub-teams must work to achieve success in two separate activities; however, each team’s success is directly connected to their abilities to share their best practices with the other team. This collaborative team building activity challenges groups to not only collaborate in small groups but actively collaborate and root for other departments in their company. Aces High This giant card game has everyone on the move and communicating quickly. Incredible times are achieved as teams compete head-to-head. The challenge is doubled for a wild finish in a collaborative grand finale! This team building activity challenges groups to realize how compelling and exhilarating it can be to collaborate when given a challenging deadline. Better Get Better In this high-energy, collaborative team building exercise, teams are given a task with a tight deadline. They must develop and improve a solution through successive attempts. As the activity progresses, participants find that they must assign roles, clarify rules, and find ways to improve their scores repeatedly. They also learn from watching other teams, and must decide whether competition or collaboration with others will achieve their goals more effectively. Practical and Applicable At Quixote Consulting, we know how important it is for any new training knowledge to be practical and applicable. That’s why we put such great emphasis on immediate and realistic application. Participants leave with a plan in place for employing their new skills in the coming week and beyond. Energetic and Fun We also know that people respond best to presentations that are energetic, interactive and fun. There is always laughter in the session. And the unique methodologies we employ definitely help – we’ve used the modalities of chocolate and even wine pairing to explore the workshop content. Any of our fun team building programs can be easily combined with this workshop to create that magical mix of meaningful fun. The Best of the Best Quixote Consulting’s research team gathers the latest management and leadership research and sifts through that impressive collection of knowledge and wisdom. We then distill what we’ve found into what is most important, memorable and applicable to you and your team. In short, we do the work so your people can benefit the most. Lasting Impact Participants walk away from the session with practical understanding of how the GRPI model is a tool that can be immediately applied to their individual work situations, as well as a vision of the powerful productivity possible in a team that recognizes and leverages all team members’ strengths using the Goals Roles Process Interpersonal model. We stretch our time together (and your training dollars) by including (optional) pre-workshop assignments, post-event success tools and coaching. Customization We customize key components of the workshop to ensure that you get the right material to the right people at the right time, maximizing the return on your investment. We take into account your unique team situation and your desired outcomes. Results Gain a deep understanding of the powerful GRPI model Learn how to use GRPI as a tool for project management, team development, personal development and more Achieve clarity in team goals, roles, processes and improve interpersonal relationships Explore the GRPI model in a series of interactive business simulations Participate in a brainstorming session using one of your own current business challenges using the GRPI model as a guide Formats Available: Half-Day Workshop One-Day Workshop Two-Day Workshop We also recommend: Individual coaching to maximize the effectiveness of your training investment Fun Team Building events  all of which are designed to explore the training material in an enjoyable, interactive setting Quixote Consulting’s GRPI [...]

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Process – The P in the GRPI Model

You hear geese flying south long before you see them. They’re constantly communicating with each other – it’s a very efficient process. I don’t know what they’re communicating, but it clearly works very well. They don’t stop mid-flight to argue about directions, who’s going to make decisions or deal with internal conflict. I’m sure it comes up for them in some manner, but they clearly have an elegant, simple process that allows them to deal with it when it does come up. Standardized processes for teams have the same benefit. Successful teams have clear (and frequent) communication, constructive ways of dealing openly with inevitable conflict, as well as elegant processes for group decision making. Noel Tichy found unclear process to be the third most important cause of group conflict. Quixote Consulting’s GRPI Team Quest helps teams explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities.

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Roles – The R in the GRPI model

The goal is clear for the geese flying south. So are their roles. They each take turns at the front, the most challenging position in the flock. The other geese tuck in behind in each other’s slipstream, drafting each other to conserve strength. The lead goose neither stays too long or too briefly in this lead role. He or she doesn’t worry about perceived authority or hierarchy – if you’re fresh and have energy from resting, you’re going in the front. When you’re tired, you’re getting helped. Clear roles let people on the team know who’s doing what and who is responsible for what. People know for sure who has authority to do what (authority that’s based on expertise and talents, not hierarchy), who’s accountable for completion of specific tasks. Noel Tichy found that this is the next most common cause of group conflict after unclear goals. Quixote Consulting’s GRPI Team Quest helps teams explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team buil

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GRPI Model: An Introduction to the GRPI Tool

The GRPI model is a tool used by teams to increase the effectiveness of their team development, for better project management and many other areas. Developed by Richard Beckhard, the GRPI tool is simple enough to be memorable with enough depth to be useful again and again in a variety of situations. If your team is lost in the weeds, the GRPI model helps team members reconnect with a common purpose and realign with what’s most important for you all. GRPI stands for: Goals Roles Process Interpersonal Goals – The G in the GRPI Model Imagine a flock of geese flying south for the winter. You hear them first and search for them up in the sky. There, high overhead they are in a V formation or long line, heading south in a clear direction. Their goal is clear. They know where they are going. They don’t know what they’ll encounter along the way, but their inner GPS has the destination programmed in. Goals give direction to a team, and to an individual. This is the first step for any successful venture, to have a common target, to know who you are and where you want to go. Noel Tichy also says that unclear goals are the cause of 80% of team conflict. If a goal isn’t clear (and agreed on by everyone on the team), there isn’t much hope of success. Gallup’s Q12 survey of employee engagement begins with: “Do I know what is expected of me at work?” Goals are where it all begins – the first and most important step. Quixote Consulting uses action learning to explore the GRPI model with a series of engaging multi-round team building activities in GRPI Team Quest: GRPI model team development and team building activities.

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