Another provocative way of thinking that we’ll refer to in The Yoga of Possibility is from Gary Klein. You can read about him in What’s Your Intuition on Fast Company’s web site.
Klein is a unique kind of artist’s artist. He’s an expert – in expert systems. Klein’s work captures decision making intelligence and helps entire organizations become more effective in what they do. I love his description of a basic exercise that he leads for his clients. He calls it the “pre-mortem”:
A premortem works like this: When a team gathers to kick off a new project, people conclude the meeting by pretending to gaze into a crystal ball. They look six months into the future, and the news is not good. Despite their hopes, the project has failed. Then team members take three minutes to run a mental simulation. They write down why they think their work derailed. All sorts of reasons emerge.
Klein says the exercise is “radically different from a critique” that because nothing has actually happened yet, there’s no blame: the responses are unvarnished and honest. “With a postmortem, everything you learn is after the fact,” says Klein. “With a pre-mortem, we give ourselves a chance to uncover problems and then fix them in real time, as the project unfolds.”
We’ll be working with a personal version of shifting perspectives in our weekend retreat, but if you can’t join us, enjoy a conversation with a friend after you both read What’s Your Intuition, and let us know if anything interesting came up.
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