Let's Play a Game and Move a Rock - Michael Synk - #GetInSynk

What game should we play to move your ROCK?

This is the new question I’ll be asking my clients when we identify new rocks for the quarter. Or when we peg initiatives for the year or swim lanes for the future.

I learned this question recently while attending a learning session at The Great Game of Business (GGOB). It’s a better question than asking, “What are we going to do to move the rock?”.

That question, “What are we going to do to move the rock?” invites some baggage into the conversation.

It invites the idea that something is wrong, someone didn’t do something, that someone has to do something about it. In doing so, it assigns blame whether you intend to or not.

Why not bypass this line of questioning altogether by alternatively asking, “What’s the game we need to play to move the rock?” This question focuses the participants on what can be done to succeed, without any blame/shaming. The focus is on playing a game and winning. Then the team will figure out how to win the game to move the rock. It’s a great connection between GGOB and ROCK & SAND™.

Remember, a rock is a project, a priority, or an initiative that improves your organization’s ability to push more sand, more profitably and grow. It’s usually something complex and cross functional requiring a number of people to work together as a team to move it.

Teams play games.

The question turns the rock into a game. In GGOB parlance, every rock is a mini-game. Mini-games engage the team in winning.

Isn’t that what you want?

What’s the game you need to play to move your most important rock this quarter?