So says Alan Kay, and we wholeheartedly agree. So how do we “invent” our future? To wrap up 2020 we hosted a virtual gathering on the leadership lessons from the year. One theme we shared was that leaders are the “meaning-makers” of their organizations and those leaders have a choice about being the storyteller or the story told. As you begin a new year, one we know is critical for many of you, we invite you to be the storyteller of how this next chapter goes for you and your teams, starting with a practical first step.
An exercise we often include in our leadership development programs is writing “Letters from the Future.” You can do this individually, or use it as a powerful tool for bringing a group of people together around a shared vision of success (as an example, you could do this with your executive team or everyone that will be executing on an important strategic project this year). You’ll then want to work backward from that vision to design how you’ll get there. You can download our handout for this exercise to share with your team: A Letter from the Future
Robin wrote her own Letter from the Future which you can read here as an example. It’s written as if it was a year from now, after her first year as CEO of Conversant.
If you do write some Letters from the Future, let us know! We’d love to hear what you learn from the experience. If you’d like to explore how we could help guide your leadership team through an experience like this, send us a note and we’ll be happy to connect with you.