Continue To Grow sees alliances as the essence of its business model and fosters a creation of a vital network of associates and local partners to deliver value added solutions. That's why we organized the first "Alliances Network" event in Porto, and invited our partners and friends:
Bettina von Stamm - Innovation Philosopher, Story Teller, Catalyst - Innovation Leadership Forum - UK
Peter Meier - Interim Manager Medtech, Founder, Innovation Expert- Germany
We all played ideaChef® with a concrete business challenge and we could not disregard the contributions of an excellent team of experts.
So, as scheduled, we all sat and were ready to play the game. Well, were we? No, all the players have lots of doubts about the rules and what kind of strategy and minset you should bring to the game.
But don't worry, let's turn on 'our kitchen ovens' because it's time to 'cook'.
Tim was the first to play, and got stuck. "I do I relate this first question with our problem?". Sometimes this happens, and that's why the game should be presented and followed by a facilitator on the first time it's played. With a little help from our friends, the metaphore was explained, and all the players got into the right mindset to play ideaChef.
Then, immediatly we were all playing and discussing issues like:
- "Define your business target"
- "Name who should implement this idea"
- "How can we motivate people to get involved in our idea"
"Wait, is this your answer? Is this what you reaaly meant. I was thinking in something completely different"
Nice, on our first round, we already have some discussions and different views on one topic. Don't worry, in ideaChef®, there is no such thing as 'The right answer', in fact all opinions and views on a subject are valid and useful, so please write down your view on your notebook. This way, we will have different views to analyse later.
But before first round ended, we still had the opportunity to discuss:
- "How do you measure that you've aimed correctly your audience'
- "What should be the prioritary task to take when implemmenting this idea"
Round 2 - Smile faces everywhere
When we started the second round, we were all fired up and discussing very concrete issues on a very enjoyable and open environment. Now, we all mean business, and our initial problem is going down, because our initial idea is gaining form and being empowered by the collection of the expertize knowledge of the players:
- "Where can we find early adopters that will provide us fastfeedback"
- "Are there any small steps to be taken that take us quicker to the goal"
- "How can we provide exceptional experience to our users"
And the rounds went one after the other, while we tackled our problem with great opinions, new ideas and different perspectives. After all, this is the main purpose of ideaChef®.
It was with surprise that we all realized that we were reaching the end of the game. Were we really playing for two hours? Time really does fly by, but we all had a sense of achievement, and sure to have contributed the solve our business challenge.
As all games must have a winner, in this session Peter Meier had that honour. But the one who really won was Continue to Grow, who received important information on how should address a very concrete business challenge.
Now it's time for you to play ideaChef® and let your organization win.