Conquering the Impossible

By June 1, 2011 No Comments

“That’s impossible!” I’m sure you’ve heard that before. Perhaps you’ve even said it yourself. So, what seems impossible to you?

Recently, Callis & Associates decided to examine this question. We participated in an exercise to identify our “impossibilities.” Then, we defined action steps to tackle the impossible. The result? The realization that what seems impossible often isn’t with a detailed plan to conquer the impossibilities.

So, if this sounds like something your company could benefit from, here’s how to get started.

Step one: Gather your team and ask each participant to spend 3 minutes listing things that seem impossible and why. You’ll quickly compile a varied list of impossibilities. And, more importantly, insight into why these things seem impossible. Asking participants why something is impossible is crucial in discovering the solution. It moves everyone from a problem-finding mode into a problem-solving mode.

Step two: Review the list and choose one of the impossibilities to examine in depth.

Step three: Divide the group into teams. Give each team five minutes to brainstorm solutions to the chosen problem. Then, discuss the solutions and prioritize the list into action steps.

You’ll soon find that virtually nothing is impossible.