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Twofer Tuesday: On New Perspectives & The How Factor

twofertuesdaysHave you joined our Tools for the Time-Crunch Manager LinkedIn group?  It’s designed to inspire and help you conquer the day-to-day challenges of your workday! We often share resources like this…

Leave Your Job Title at the Door

In Saturday’s NYT, there was an interview with Kathleen Finch, chief programming officer of HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel. She talks about how she broke into the broadcasting business, her experiences throughout her career as a producer and some leadership lessons she’s learned along the way.

One of the things that caught my eye was how she likes to “put a team together in an informal way, then figure out who can do what best.”

She carries that concept through to “pile-on meetings”, which is meeting where everyone “piles on” their ideas on how to make various projects successful. The trick she says, is to leave your job title at the door and bring different perspectives to the table.

Read: Kathleen Finch: Get Better Ideas With a ‘Pile On’ Meeting

The Wow and the How

Sometimes coming up with the big idea isn’t the issue – it’s those pesky realities of the big idea, like “how are we going to make it” and “how much will it cost” that are the ones that can derail a high-potential idea.

This Innovation Excellence article outlines how we can learn to lead with the “how” rather than the “wow”, so that the problems are part of the goal rather than just the buzzkill.

Author Mark Payne notes “the wow and the how are each useless without the other, and the how is often the harder part to solve.” And, he touches upon one of my favourite topics – asking a better question.

Read: The Wow, the How, and Incubating Big Ideas

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