We all need a hero….and we can all be heroes…
In creative problem solving methodology, there is a technique called superheroes. A technique that I introduced to the second year event management students at Falmouth University this week.
Think of a superhero. It could be a cartoon figure, a real person, a celebrity, an Imagined character.
What are the characteristics that you admire about them? Perhaps think of superheroes who complement your own skill set or bring new abilities.
Think about the problem you are facing. How would your superhero deal with it? What would they think about it? What would they do?
Perhaps view the problem through their eyes. What insight or fresh ideas does that give you?
In Mackerel Sky, we have a whole team of superheroes that everyone in the team has been involved in selecting. We use them as additional collaborators in our strategising, problem solving, performance management and evaluation. It might seem a bit bonkers to have this imaginary squad of heroes but it is just a creative (and enjoyable) way of gaining perspective and extending our thinking,
Bear Grylls is one of my superheroes and he is a member of this unique cohort because I value how he approaches life. That is, the idea of being comfortable in your own perspective but being able to appreciate others by having confidence by being in your own natural habitat. When Bear is out on a mission of some form, he is in his natural habitat and he is confident. That confidence enables others to be comfortable with the challenge and to feel the fear and achieve.
The process of enabling one’s team to thrive and achieve is a fundamental aspect of leadership in any context so I utilise Bear’s perspective to help me see how I can be comfortable and confident in my natural habitat in order to support and enable the team. I also keep Bear’s voice in my head supporting me and enabling me to take on the next challenge, feel the fear and achieve.
Helping someone else is a pretty heroic thing to do so I think this definitely qualifies Bear as a superhero. Who would your superheroes be?
Claire Eason Bassett, Managing Director, Mackerel Sky