The Talking Football is a very simple and incredibly effective tool to lead your team and win.
The talking football is a very simple concept ... if you aren't physically holding the football you are to listen ... not talk ... Listen to understand ... not to respond. Listen to the other person to understand them from their perspective ... standing in their shoes. To give everyone a voice and to have their voice heard. There is a big difference between understanding a person and agreeing with them ... understanding does not equal agreement.
The Talking Football has a few purposes.
To eliminate the "meeting bully" ... the person who talks the loudest & bullies the others into "getting their way"
The person who likes to hear themselves talk ... monopolizes the conversation ... talks the "entire time" during the meeting ... no one else can get a word in otherwise.
The person who "thinks out loud" and tends to jabber incoherently and wastes everyone's time.
To eliminate people talking over each other ... not listening to each other ... and progressively raising their voice to be heard over the noise.
To give everyone a voice and a chance to have their voice heard ... the shy introvert that has really good ideas ... but refuses to talk over the meeting bully or raise their voice to be heard.
To minimize ego ... and the offensive display of overbearing pride ... arrogance ... superiority ... self importance.
The talking football used in combination with the thinking hats is a simple tool that you can use to effectively communicate with your team. If a team doesn't trust and respect one another, they can't communicate effectively, if they communicate they can't execute to win. This is a simple and effective method to increase communication, which builds trust and respect.
Innovation requires action by a team of smart, talented and motivated people. We can't sit around in meetings all day talking about what we plan to do, we have to take action.
Creativity, passion, great ideas and that one killer innovation come from your best people.
Preventing problems before they are big problems, making your customers love you and solving your customers biggest problems, will not happen unless your people feel trusted and respected.
The world moves fast and becoming more and more complex every day, no one person can know everything. Business is a team sport, the star quarterback can't win the Superbowl all by himself.