On Sunday I was clearing out the kid's 'toy cupboard' (aka dumping ground) and discovered the 'Shape-O'. You know, the Classic Tupperware item which contains 10 shapes (can you name them all?) which have a corresponding shaped hole. Funnily enough, my kids never took a liking to it, yet, two shapes are missing! I need a 3D printer to create the missing pieces.
Anyway, it was a coincidence when I challenged a group of project team leaders this week to prepare their strategy story, incorporating a model of questions to answer, to consider how they would connect with their audience (their team members) and do deliver this in 2 minutes.
They jumped to the challenge and used the metaphor of matching their talented project team members (shapes) who design solutions to problems (shaped holes) and they drew a picture of the Shape-O. They explained to the team that they were the talented creators and shapers of the strategy solutions for their clients.
It resonated with everyone - captivating our attention and imagination. However, what grabbed my attention was the message that we need everyone to realise that we are all different (shapes) , and for many we're still looking for the righ place (hole) that needs our solution (talents, strengths etc..)
The question is, which shape are you? How do you describe your personality, your strengths, your character - WHAT differentiates you from others?
I think I'm the star shape. I enjoy helping/challenging people to find their inner stardom, to feel confident like super stars and I enjoy the superstar treatment as well!
Let me know which shape you are - using a photo or drawing!
And, if you need some help with becoming a Star or discovering your shape - give me a call, email me, tweet me or contact me via my website.