Or inventing the new goat!
We had an idea about creating a ‘Sticky Thinking Forum’ (STF) a little while ago; and finally on Star Wars Day (May the 4th) it actually happened!
The STF brings together people that we know and admire; people with shared interests and values and who will benefit from collaborating on real projects and challenges that are important to them. So in essence nothing more fancy than a bunch of like-minded individuals happy to share thoughts and ideas and to be creative together for everyone’s individual and mutual benefit.
The STF brought together a small selection of people from our true network, a network of real contacts that has built up over the years. For example, I met Ian Pettigrew (Kingfisher Coaching) on an NLP practitioner event in 2006, we met Andrew Rea (Ten Minute Trainer) on a 3rd Sector training event in 2008 and Bev met Bridie Philpotts (Bridie Philpotts Associates) more recently, this year in fact, at an organised networking event. We are like magpies with the compelling ‘shiny’ people that we meet, and don’t like to let them slip away once we have met them. Ian, Andrew and Bridie are some great examples of people that we admire, relate to and want to spend our time with.
Our aim for the STF was to keep it informal but focused, so our venue was carefully chosen for ambience and their ability to provide great coffee and cakes! North Tea Power in Manchester did not fail us and provided an excellent platform for coffee, good food, laughter, fun, and stimulating discussions that were limited to 60 minutes each.
So……what happened? We had 3 topics for consideration and each one was put forward in turn. What followed was the opportunity for questions, thoughts, challenges, much excitement and the generation of many ideas. Creativity flowed and we even invented ‘the new goat’!
What were the benefits? Each of the Sticky Thinkers who shared a challenge were asked to record the briefest of initial thoughts and you can listen first hand here.
From my personal perspective, it gave us all an opportunity to work with people with a genuine interest giving real, positive help and support. Our discussions provided a much wider perspective on the subjects under the spotlight, challenged us all to think differently, to explain things clearly, listen to opinions, come up with great ideas, and get involved in stimulating conversations.
> Who would be in your Sticky Thinking Forum?
> What would you table as your discussion point?
> How might being part of a Sticky Thinking Forum benefit you?
> What’s stopping you??
Given the resounding success of our first experience, our next Sticky Thinking Forum is booked for October and I can’t wait.
We would be thrilled to inspire some more Sticky Thinking around the globe, so what do you think? We’d love to hear your views. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org