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Can Something This Simple Supercharge Staff Morale?
- Charles Stone
Several months ago I began something with our staff that has been a huge hit. It’s simple. Any staff can do it, whether in a church or a business application. And it boosts staff morale and excitement when we do it. I encourage you to try it with your staff. It’s called a “Blue Sky Thinking” morning. In this post I explain what it is and how you can do it to supercharge your staff morale. “Blue Sky Thinking” is a creative brainstorming technique to help leaders think outside the box. The origin of the phrase, although rather obscure, implies the emptiness of the sky and thus, blue sky thinking means thinking with no preconceptions (i.e., thinking outside the box). Before I give you our steps, I’ve listed below the benefits I’ve observed in our church staff.
- It stirred creativity.
- It allowed freedom to not have to ‘produce’ something. Rather it provided space to focus on issues we tend to put off.
- It fostered deeper relational connection when we shared what we learned.
- It encouraged our staff to affirm each other.
- It made us more vulnerable to each other as some tears have even been shed.
- What is a problem I need to solve in my job? What can I do about it?
- What is a process I need to improve? How can I improve it?
- If I could, I would (do this in ministry)…
- What gives me the most energy in ministry and how can I tap into that even more?
- What’s going really well in my role and how can I infuse what’s making it work into other parts of my job?
- What is God impressing on my heart?
- What if what I am currently doing in ministry just quit working all of a sudden. What could or would I do differently?
- What is God teaching me and what do I need to do in response?
- What is an area I’ve not thought much about, needed to, but have not scheduled think time?
- What is a wild and crazy idea I have? Play around with it.