“We can if…”
This statement has likely been uttered more times in the last year and a half than it has ever been uttered this century. Perhaps not those exact words, but with similar intent.
We can if…
It’s a generative statement.
An intent to develop new ideas and ways of doing things.
I was first introduced to it by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden in their book A Beautiful Constraint.
If ever there was a serious constraint to be overcome Covid-19 and its impact on work and daily life is it.
When we become creative and more generative, what we might achieve can astonish.
We might, for example, have previously stated it was impossible to have all employees working from home. Now… we can if we adopt Zoom meetings, Slack communication, put our servers in the cloud and accept that all employees may need to have slightly more flexible hours.
“We can if…” is optimistic.
It suggests possibility.
It’s solutions based.
This focus on solutions on possibility has been imposed on us by the present pandemic. What if we were to continue that thinking when no longer forced to by a virus?
Michael is the founder of unmeasured, supporting architects in their practice through coaching, workshops and community.
Helping architects find their desire lines in practice.