Regular creative meetings can be a bit of a challenge.
Who says I can pull an idea out of my ass at 2pm on a Tuesday, just because we agreed to talk then?
I may have just had a stressful morning trying to link up a wireless printer.
Or be in the middle of a complex situation with a friend/SO.
Or have been trying to engage my kids in homeschool for the last three hours.
We ask each other, ‘How are you?’ at the beginning of meetings and respond politely rather than give an answer which indicates how fit we are to do creative work at this moment.
Here’s an idea from Nathan and Barrett at The Future Belongs to Creators.
Start your meeting with a simple traffic light guide.
Each person reports whether they are ‘red’, ‘yellow’ or ‘green.’ Find colours which represent a mix if three options are not enough.
‘Green’ is in a good, open and creative mood. We’re not stressed, the creative juices are flowing, good things are going to happen today.
‘Yellow’ is somewhat stressed, perhaps there’s a lot going on at work or personally, we might be a little distracted.
And ‘Red’, presumably is the day when it might be best to sack the whole thing off until tomorrow. Not in a creative mood, distracted, stressed beyond the point where anything useful is going to get done.
Now you know how everyone’s feeling, adjust the approach of your meeting accordingly. Today might not be the best day to push hard for a huge brainstorming session. Or to deliver some difficult feedback to a colleague.
Are you red, yellow or green today?