(from Texas, USA) I just got my Company Cube a few days ago and find that it is reshaping the things that I do each day. The first day I rolled the cube, my task was to “Build Relationships Every Day.” It was particularly fitting, as we are in the midst of discussions about restructuring and they are somewhat charged with emotion and some degree of contention. I found myself trying to build relationships by listening carefully to others and choosing my words with care so that they conveyed the intended meaning but also conveyed a gratitude for the others’ contributions.
I felt that I had succeeded when a participant came to my office afterward to continue the discussion in a way that evidenced he felt “safe” in doing so. I also had a lunch appointment that had been rescheduled twice before and that we were finally able to keep, and I tried during that lunch to converse in such a way as to really get to know the other person—their interests and concerns. I find that I now look forward to rolling the Company Cube each morning to see what my renewed focus will be for the day.