Things we should do:
- Be open-minded in the visioning process. Think big and encourage others do so, too.
- Gain a WIDE range of perspectives (both from in and out of your field).
- Acknowledge and value the gifts/talents others on the team bring to the table.
- Take time to metabolize information (unless you're in emergency response mode).
- Understand that emotion and personal dispositions almost always trump empirical data as rationale for action (or inaction). Frame positions and messages accordingly.
- Approach problems and people with a curious mind (demonstrated by skillful inquiry).
Things we shouldn't do:
- Try to convince others they're wrong. It's a waste of time and energy.
- Explain stuff ad infinitum.
- Embarrass or humiliate others.
- Ruin a good plan by over-bureaucratizing it (with too many rules/procedures/protocols/restrictions).
- Put all our eggs in one basket. Bold and risky ventures are best rolled out as pilot programs.
- Make assumptions about outcomes or people. Both tend to defy prediction.
No guarantees, but better futures are more likely when we attend well to this prescription.