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Spring Forward Monday®– Choose to help everyone Spring Forward!


Our original thinking was that Daylight Savings Time was the perfect day to do something differently, with the reasons outlined below. But feedback from some colleagues reframed out thinking in that EVERY Monday is an excuse to Spring Forward, that most manager meetings with their people occur on Mondays and that we can do a LOT more around overall engagement and active involvement in these (mostly) remote Monday Meetings.

So, let’s now define EVERY Monday staff meeting as a potential Spring Forward Monday, and that something new can be added to our meetings to better motivate and involve and engage people in sharing ideas for improvement and developing teamwork around implementing those improvement. Below, we describe some really SIMPLE tools.


March 14 is a Monday, the day after Daylight Savings time advances and we lose an hour of sleep. It doesn’t sound like much, but global statistics of many kinds show that there are many, multiple general negative impacts on people and performance.

It will be one of the low productivity workdays of the year — it is also called Sleepy Monday by many — and you know people will be dragging. I mean, really, how many of your people will go to bed an hour early?

So, expect things to look like this:

Spring Forward Monday -- make it engaging and motivating

So, with most people dragging, and with this a known problem, why not choose to do something differently? Why not recharge their batteries and increase involvement and low motivation and teamwork (sometimes not really good anyway) by facilitating a meeting focused on their issues and their ideas for improvement? Why not have some FUN and generate some ideas that you can then implement? Worth a try?

Choose to be a Draggin’ Slayer. Seize The Day!

Spring Forward Minday illustration on disengagement of workers

Choose to do some things different with your onsite and especially your remote workers. Ask them to work together to share ideas for what might be done differently to address those problems that do not roll along smoothly!

Spring Forward Monday® - A Square Wheels / Round Wheel opportunity for actively engaging

Square Wheels® are interactive facilitation engagement tools designed by Scott Simmerman and are a tool for innovation

People are good problem solvers and when they know that something IS a shared problem, they will collaborate to define the problem and generate the needed perspective and define appropriate resources and support. They can find solutions and if the solutions are their idea, they will be more motivated to implement those ideas. It is an issue of ownership and active involvement; you really cannot push them to make improvements you think are needed, since they resist your changes…

Nobody ever washes a rental car.

So, it is about choice. Put them to work on thinking different!

We are offering a $15 toolkit that works for onsite and Zoom-type meetings:

It comes complete with our main discussion illustration, called Square Wheels One:

And related worksheets.

The process is really simple but very engaging. You present the Square Wheels® One image as a screenshare and have your people discuss this to get them started thinking about the many workplace things that do not work smoothly.

From those engaging discussions, you can shift the talk to the workplace issues that the Square Wheels might represent, the many things that do not work smoothly. You can engage them in their normal work teams or create new breakout room to allow them to share thoughts and generate possibilities.

You can close with the image we call Intrinsic Motivation, the reality of how people feel when they implement their own ideas and see resulting improvements.

As a manager or team leader, it is your choice to continue to do things the same way or to actively involve and engage people to interactively consider things from different perspectives, defining some issues and refining some ideas for individual or organizational improvement.

This kind of interactive discussion can be held at the front-line worker level or even among the top management team, although workplace realities would suggest that the people pushing the wagon know a lot more about the realities and problems than the wagon pullers.

Our 3 decades of experience using similar materials has repeatedly proven that the Round Wheels are already in the wagon — those good ideas your people will share already exist. It is simply a matter of identification of the better ideas rising to the top with general discussions and those same discussions seeing the bad ones recognized for what they are.


You can choose to be a Draggin’ Slayer on any Spring Forward Monday® or continue to let things thump and bump along. You can choose to improve motivation and involvement and engagement by actively involving and engaging your people in a new visions of how things can roll to the goals. Ask for and receive their ideas.

People WANT to be involved. Even the ones that say they don’t will get involved and engaged, since they so-often complain about how things are working and this is the perfect venue for them to contribute! So choose to involve everyone. Let people make some better choices and own the process of implementing workplace improvement.

Square Wheels engagement on Spring Forward Monday by Performance Management Company

You can also purchase this simple $15 toolkit to support your engagement efforts with our metaphors and materials. The package contains:

  • The Square Wheels One image
  • A simple Leader’s Guide for facilitating the session(s)
  • Participant Worksheets/Handouts


Optionally, you can access The Square Wheels Project to complete a 30-minute optional course on generating workplace improvement through facilitation. It is a general skill-development course, but focused on our metaphors and worksheets. And it costs only $15 as we gain traction for our approach to organizational performance improvement and motivation of workplaces.

The Square Wheels Project is about facilitating engagment and improvement


We are continually working hard to make this simple tool available directly to supervisors and managers who need simple and effective tools for motivating their people. Doing this on Spring Forward Monday® would be a nice touch, but doing one of these sessions any time would be of high impact and benefit.

Please note that this Spring Forward Monday® toolkit contains only the two new Divya Style illustrations of Square Wheels One
and the Intrinsic Motivation image and does not include the LEGO images used to illustrate the Draggin’ Slayer idea.
Other Square Wheels® illustrations will become available shortly and we are easily able to support your use of the metaphor with custom-designed tools. 


NOTE: I am highly collaborative so if you want to play on custom-developing some tools for your organization, we can generally do that for free. My goal is to leave as many footprints as I can. What we are sharing is pretty NEW stuff, and I generally work on my own so a collaboration would be MUCH more engaging and interesting for me,


For the FUN of It!

Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools.
Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant who is trying to retire!! He now lives in Cuenca, Ecuador.

You can reach Scott at [email protected]

Learn more about Scott at his LinkedIn site.

 

Square Wheels® is a registered trademark of Performance Management Company
Spring Forward Monday® is a registered trademark of Performance Management Company
LEGO® is a trademark of The LEGO Group
Square Wheels images are copyrighted by Performance Management Company

 

Dr. Scott Simmerman

Dr. Scott Simmerman CPF, CPT is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant. -- You can reach Scott at [email protected] and a detailed profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottsimmerman/ -- Scott is the original designer of The Search for The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine teambuilding game and the Square Wheels® images for organizational development.

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