Use Flitch Meetings to Bring your Organization’s Silos Together

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Flitch meetings blur boundaries between organization silos.  Strategic and brave leaders, those with an open mind to innovation and sustaining a culture that supports gaining insights and cooperation through collaboration, use them.

What’s a flitch meeting?  A meeting where a problem in one area is solved by another department.  If you are looking for something to do for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 – this might be just the thing for you to pivot yourself and your team into a new internal relationship.

What’s the hardest part, you ask?  Accepting the solutions the other department suggests as valuable.

 

A great tool to get access to the value of the other group’s offering is to respond to each of these question stages

  1. what’s good about the idea first, as it is
  2. discuss what’s good about it for the future
  3. list the obstacles to moving forward on it
  4. generate alternative ideas to make the original one even stronger.

(You might want to try this approach at home first, to experience how it feels.  Ask the kids for a holiday suggestion, for example, and work it through. Or better, use it with your team to discuss the idea of using Flitch meetings; and with a colleague in another department…)

Let us know how it goes.  Bet you’ll be delightfully surprised.

Marci Segal, MS, Creativity and Change Leadership, Freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.

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