WizBizsters Check In!

May 31, 2012

How might one harness the innovative mindset at work, the ability to adapt and thrive in an environment of change? How does one create an organizational culture infused with mindfulness and engagement?

These are some of the questions that were posed to 400+ business executives, small business owners, entrepreneurs, consultants and others at the Wisdom 2.0 Business conference on May 11 and 12, 2012.

It was an inspiring two days – full of provocative presentations and interviews ranging from brain studies to embodiment coaching to energy management in the workplace.

I had the privilege of kicking off the conference with a check-in exercise. I was originally asked to give a talk about the value of these exercises. But rather than talk, I decided to conduct one and provide a real-time way for attendees to connect with each other.

We designed an innovative exercise based on the childhood game called Fortune Teller, or Cootie Catcher. I riffed on the original game to create an exercise that revealed provocative questions for pairs of attendees to discuss together. The questions became a fun and meaningful way for conference attendees to meet each other. The Fortune Teller was a success and was seen being used throughout the conference to spark conversation.

Our check-in exercise demonstrated how creative exercises like this are invitations for greater connection, honesty and trust.

To see our WizBiz Fortune Teller, or to make your own, check out our template and instructions. We are also creating a book of our most creative exercises – the Check-In Deck. To pre-order a copy, send an email to me at cmurchison@hopelab.org.

Learn more about Wisdom 2.0 and check out their next conference, slated for February 21-24, 2013 in San Francisco.