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Pull A Google

Inspired by Google

  • Team Framework

  • Targets Adaptability

Pull A Google

Make the month ahead "Innovation Month" and borrow some sick ideas from the world's best innovators to make it a great month for you.

đź“— Framework Details

Adopting a Framework inspired by Google's 20% time is a valuable strategy for fostering innovation, skill improvement, and employee satisfaction. This model encourages team members to allocate a fraction of their work week to side projects or skill mastery, contributing to both individual growth and potential organizational innovation.

đź“— Implementation Steps

  1. Introduction Meeting: Schedule a meeting to introduce the concept to your team. Explain how Google and other innovative companies have benefited from such a strategy.

  2. Skill Identification: During this meeting or shortly thereafter, have each team member specify a skill or project they want to focus on. Make sure they're as specific as possible to aid in focus and faster mastery.

  3. Goal Setting: Ask team members to set achievable goals related to their chosen skill or project. The goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

  4. Time Allocation: Clearly allocate time slots in which team members can work on their projects. This time should be uninterrupted and purely focused on the side project or skill-building.

  5. Progress Tracking: Regularly track the progress of each team member on their chosen project or skill. This could be via weekly updates or a shared tracking document.

  6. Flexibility in Scheduling: Allow team members the flexibility to reschedule their project time if interrupted by urgent tasks or emergencies. The idea is to foster innovation without adding stress.

  7. Celebrating Wins: Small or big, celebrate the achievements made in these projects. This could range from acquiring a new skill to developing a new feature or even uncovering a process improvement.

  8. Review and Adapt: After a set period, gather all team members to discuss what they have learned or developed. Evaluate whether the initiative should continue, be adjusted, or scrapped based on its effectiveness.

đź“— Next Steps

  1. Feedback Gathering: After the first cycle, collect feedback from team members on the effectiveness, challenges, and benefits of having a Challenge Growth Window.

  2. Quantify Benefits: Calculate the ROI of these projects, whether it's in new skills learned, time saved, or even potential revenue from a new product feature.

  3. Optimize and Iterate: Use the feedback and quantifiable metrics to optimize the process for the next cycle of the Challenge Growth Window.