Step 1: Warm up the “room”
As you begin your virtual workshop, tell your team that they’ll each be writing a “story” about the project you’re embarking on together—then sharing it with the group. Writing and reading aloud can make some people feel nervous, so it’s a good idea to lay down some ground rules:
- The stories don’t have to be well-written! Whatever pops to mind is fine—there are no grammar police in the room.
- The stories can take whatever form you like: a press release, newspaper article, company memo, and more.
- It’s good to be honest and include details you normally wouldn’t mention for fear of being rude.
Step 2: Write two stories
After you’ve begun your virtual workshop, split your team into two groups: the Total Disaster crew and the Roaring Success crew. Then:
- Have everyone open a private doc
- Ask them to imagine it’s a month after your big project has launched
- Have each person in the Total Disaster crew spend 15 minutes writing a candid, detailed story about why the failure happened
- Have the Roaring Success crew do the same thing but for a winning scenario