What’s Possible

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What Happens

How do you transform a toothpick into mountain bikes and leather coats? In What’s Possible?, participants learn that the power to do “the impossible” lies within themselves. What’s Possible? is a series of exercises and facilitated conversations about motivation and getting more out of life, including better business results.

Some of the components that can be used include:

  • Apollo 13 Case Study that creates context and anchors the idea that the more a goal matters the more possible it becomes.
  • The Situation-Decision-Consequence Model highlights the differences between decisions that are primarily motivated by “the situation”, and decisions that are primarily motivated by desired outcomes. Participants see how situation-based decision-making is limiting and often defined by past history, while consequence-driven decision-making is empowering and creates breakthroughs.
  • Labels that we give ourselves and others can dramatically impact our achievements.
  • Toothpicks is a basic exercise where we give the participants a toothpick, send them out into the city streets, and tell them they have one hour to “trade up”, bringing back an item of the greatest possible. How would they react? What would they accomplish? The impact of Toothpicks on participants is profound — because it is almost magical. They are astounded that in the span of sixty minutes they can “transform” a sliver of wood into items that are literally thousands of times more valuable.
  • The program changes the way participants approach challenges, make decisions and solve problems. They learn and practice What’s Possible? principles, and bring them to life by literally applying them on the street.

The Key Learnings

  • Learn why the more a goal matters, the more possible it becomes
  • Experience the feeling of accomplishing the impossible
  • Achieve breakthroughs using idea-building
  • Innovate more effectively as a team
  • Learn the Situation-Decision-Consequence model
  • Learn how to overcome labels that limit success

Applying the Spark

Later in the program, each participant has the opportunity to consider their own business circumstances and how well they are achieving what is possible for their current role. They put together Applying the Spark, a 90-day implementation plan. This plan covers the current environment and business opportunities that are being extracted and the desired skills and practices around achieving “the impossible” at the end of the 90-day period. Specific, time-bound steps are identified to close the gap. This plan is shared with the participant’s leader within 5 days of the training once the participant is back on the job.

Practical Information

  • The ideal audience: all levels — from individual contributor to executive level
  • Timeframe: 3 – 8 hours
  • For group sizes that range from 5 to 50 or more participants