Poke the Box<br />April 8, 2011<br />
Agenda<br /><ul><li>Welcome
Overview of Poke the Box
Poking the Box
Conclusions?</li></ul>2<br />
Main Premise<br />Start something,<br />						  then…<br />”Ship”<br />3<br />
Overview: Not Allowed<br /><ul><li>Curiosity is the first step to shipping
Be curious; go beyond “not allowed”
Starting demands finishing
Intellectual integrity requires that you put your ideas into the world
It might not work  - so what?</li></ul>4<br />
Overview: The 7th Imperative<br />Guts<br />Heart<br />Passion<br />Ship<br />5<br />
Overview: Economic Inputs<br /><ul><li>An idea
People to work on it
A place to build or organize it
Raw materials
Distribution
Money
Marketing</li></ul>6<br />
Overview: Why We Don’t Start<br />FEAR<br />7<br />
Overview: Fear of What?<br /><ul><li>Success and Failure
Fear prevents starting</li></ul>8<br />
Overview: Start Now<br /><ul><li>Become the starter, the center of the circle
Starting is an artful choice; when should you use the buzzer?
Do something audacious
Pick yourself; you don’t need to be validated</li></ul>9<br />
Overview: Pick Yourself<br /><ul><li>Art is hard
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Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, marketing guru, and prolific author. A long-time advocate of what he calls “doing your art” and “shipping” it, Godin highlights these concepts in his latest book, Poke the Box. He exhorts us to take initiative, make a ruckus, see what happens, learn from it, and do it again, but better. Godin claims that taking initiative is a 21st century imperative. He implores us to “go, go, go”. Presentation includes thought-provoking questions on implications for HR and Organizational Development.

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  • Poke The Box - Presentation to OD Network of Western NY

    1. 1. Poke the Box<br />April 8, 2011<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br /><ul><li>Welcome
    3. 3. Overview of Poke the Box
    4. 4. Poking the Box
    5. 5. Conclusions?</li></ul>2<br />
    6. 6. Main Premise<br />Start something,<br /> then…<br />”Ship”<br />3<br />
    7. 7. Overview: Not Allowed<br /><ul><li>Curiosity is the first step to shipping
    8. 8. Be curious; go beyond “not allowed”
    9. 9. Starting demands finishing
    10. 10. Intellectual integrity requires that you put your ideas into the world
    11. 11. It might not work - so what?</li></ul>4<br />
    12. 12. Overview: The 7th Imperative<br />Guts<br />Heart<br />Passion<br />Ship<br />5<br />
    13. 13. Overview: Economic Inputs<br /><ul><li>An idea
    14. 14. People to work on it
    15. 15. A place to build or organize it
    16. 16. Raw materials
    17. 17. Distribution
    18. 18. Money
    19. 19. Marketing</li></ul>6<br />
    20. 20. Overview: Why We Don’t Start<br />FEAR<br />7<br />
    21. 21. Overview: Fear of What?<br /><ul><li>Success and Failure
    22. 22. Fear prevents starting</li></ul>8<br />
    23. 23. Overview: Start Now<br /><ul><li>Become the starter, the center of the circle
    24. 24. Starting is an artful choice; when should you use the buzzer?
    25. 25. Do something audacious
    26. 26. Pick yourself; you don’t need to be validated</li></ul>9<br />
    27. 27. Overview: Pick Yourself<br /><ul><li>Art is hard
    28. 28. Selling is hard
    29. 29. Go to work on a regular basis
    30. 30. Nap later</li></ul>The job is to invent the status quo, not chase it.<br />10<br />
    31. 31. Overview: Failure<br /><ul><li>Failure = Not shipping
    32. 32. If you can’t fail, it doesn’t count
    33. 33. Be prolific in your failure
    34. 34. Embrace failure</li></ul>11<br />
    35. 35. You can’t snooze your way<br />to greatness.<br />12<br />
    36. 36. Overview: The Map that Isn’t<br /><ul><li>Organize for joy
    37. 37. Give people the freedom (& expectation to create, connect, surprise)
    38. 38. Embrace someone who makes a difference
    39. 39. Embrace the discipline of poking
    40. 40. What you end up with may be different from what you set out to accomplish
    41. 41. Starters need support
    42. 42. Formulating a plan is a rare and valuable thing</li></ul>13<br />
    43. 43. What Do You Think<br /><ul><li>Does Seth advocate anarchy within organizations, disregarding the current structure and the preparation needed for change?
    44. 44. Does he press for continuous change within an organization without regard for peoples’ readiness to change, managers’ readiness to manage the change, and the stress of continually changing?
    45. 45. Does Seth argue for change for its own sake?</li></ul>14<br />
    46. 46. BREAK<br />15<br />
    47. 47. Poking the Box: Novelty<br />Make a list of what you should have, could have, would have done, if only…<br />If you were invited to give a TED talk, what would it be about?<br />If you were given the opportunity to start something that would change the world, what would it be?<br />16<br />
    48. 48. Poking the Box: Novelty<br />Here’s a few more questions. Please write down the answers; then we’ll share:<br /><ul><li>How do you react when someone comes to you with a new idea?
    49. 49. How do you treat risk-taking?
    50. 50. Do you blame?</li></ul>17<br />
    51. 51. New Design Activity<br />18<br />
    52. 52. Poking the Box: Novelty<br /><ul><li>What do you need to support new ideas?
    53. 53. What kind of support do you need to encourage risk-taking?
    54. 54. What will help you; what will derail you?</li></ul>19<br />
    55. 55. Poking the Box: Climate<br />Let’s spend a few minutes writing down the answers to the following questions; then we’ll share:<br /><ul><li>What support do you need as you begin to poke?
    56. 56. Who will help you; who will derail you?
    57. 57. What type of training is necessary to start things more often? At what levels?</li></ul>20<br />
    58. 58. Funny How That Works<br />21<br />
    59. 59. Poking the Box: Climate<br /><ul><li>How will you continue poking when the environment doesn’t support poking?
    60. 60. What do you need to be your creative best?
    61. 61. What most prevents you from being your creative best?</li></ul>22<br />
    62. 62. Other Elements to Consider:<br />Autonomy<br />Stretch Goals<br />Fun<br />Trust<br />Gossip, Rumor<br />Idea Exchange<br />23<br />
    63. 63. What Are You Waiting For?<br />Go where there is no path ….<br />And leave a trail.<br />24<br />
    64. 64. 25<br />
    65. 65. Your Presenter - Barb Babij<br />A former COO, Barb now helps clients design strategic roadmaps; define and align vision, values, and organizational infrastructure with business objectives; translate organizational strategy into operational reality and build internal workforce capacity to achieve sustainable growth. <br />She’s guided change initiatives for distribution, manufacturing, financial services, and non-profit organizations. <br />Barb’s credentials include an MSc in Creativity and Innovation, and certification to use a number of assessments and facilitate CPS. She is an SPHR, holds an MBA in Accountancy, and is a CPA. <br />She also serves on several not-for-profit boards, in two countries.<br />Barb can be reached at: 905-894-1586 or barb@InSync4.ca. Please contact her with any questions or comments.<br />26<br />
    66. 66. Prepared by Barb Babij for the Organizational Development Network of Western New York, and presented on April 8, 2011. The content is based on and adapted from the book, “Poke the Box” written by Seth Godin, and its workbook, “Start Now”, written by Ishita Gupta, Amy Richards, and Alex Miles Younger. The workbook was designed by Alex Miles Younger.<br />This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. <br />27<br />

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