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Checklist for I-Power Lunch

October 9, 2018

The prior blog on I-Power elicited some emails asking for more details. I referred them to the book. However, I also started writing a step by step process for them and came up with the following checklist. So enjoy the following if you think you want to try the powerful I-Power meetings.

  1. Management selects 5 or 6 people to invite. They can be from the same department or a mixture of departments. They also do not need to know each other. Depending on the size of the company, there can be a series of meetings for multiple groups.
  2. The I-Power meeting will take place over lunch either in a conference room or an offsite restaurant. Also depending upon the company size the meetings can be scheduled throughout the day on the company’s premises. I like the informality of a lunch setting.
  3. Each person attending should bring one or two ideas or comments that would make their job easier, better, more fun or more productive or ways the company can be more efficient or areas where it could save money. Other than that, there is no advance preparation.
  4. Each idea or comment should be written on a single sheet of paper. The size or kind of paper or whether it is hand written or typed doesn’t matter. The pages will be mixed up and chosen randomly.
  5. I try to discuss each comment at the lunch as it is chosen.
  6. The meeting discussions will not be confidential.
  7. The lunch will last about 1 ½ hour.
  8. When the meeting is over the facilitator will either organize a brief verbal summary for company management or owner or prepare a memo summarizing the meeting.
  9. Any ideas brought up that management feels are valid should be considered or acted upon soon afterwards. This starts the accruing of benefits and manifests a positive momentum that the staff will become aware of.

Sample of some of the more generic suggestions and changes that arise from I-Power are

  1. Employees can discuss or bring up unmet needs in their job function and how it can be changed
  2. Unused opportunities and how to use them
  3. Unfulfilled dreams and ways to have them fulfilled
  4. Ways employees think they could grow and improve the business while increasing their value
  5. How the company can be clearer on its promotion and compensation policy
  6. The employer should make available time to permit employee innovation
  7. Performance criticism seems to be very quick and compliments very rare
  8. Criticism is not usually accompanied by ways to improve performance
  9. People with inside jobs are not usually told about the importance of their roles with customers or with interaction with other departments, and they should
  10. An anonymous suggestion box where employees can present ideas, changes and/or complaints should be implemented

The purpose of I-Power is improvement and possibly change, not validation of good or bad practices. I-Power meetings should uncover or disclose suggestions of new ideas, processes and methods that can improve staff and company performance.

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