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Build Community with Help from a Classic Greek MythWhat was the good 💌 thing that Pandora set free?

By Karla Schlaepfer
Coaching, Psychological safety, Design Thinking

A twist to an old myth. A surefire approach to improve the success of your team collaboration.

Dear Friends and DesignChange partners,

Do you remember Pandora’s story?

CEO of the Greek gods, Zeus, gave her a box 🎁 and told her never to open it. But she did. Supposedly female curiosity or maybe defiance? And the evils of the world flew out.

I discovered a useful reframing of this story with art. This modern artist focused not only on the bad stuff that hit the earth when Pandora peeked inside but also on the ONE super positive life-changing thing; which is hope.

Hope plays a crucial role in how we feel. It is vital for building a sense of community. When you are in a community or team and share a sense of hope for a better future, you are more likely to work together towards a common goal. A shared vision forms a sense of belonging and purpose, to bring people together to create 🦋 positive change. Inside and out.

In this DesignChange edition, you’ll find ways to shift your approach at work and how to make an impact. Hoping for better stress coping (rhymes 😉). Tapping into this hopeful team spirit by connecting DesignThinking and a great Deutsche Bahn case with a Design Thinking sprint.

Here’s to a change approach that is characterized by a hopeful, optimistic attitude to problem-solving. As always, the change starts with you! Find out how by reaching out😉

Happy Spring 🌹 Thanks for reading!

Karla Schlaepfer and the awesome 🚀 DesignChange team

Useful Content

What is the connection between Design Thinking and hope. When people have hope, they are more likely to sense agency which gives ownership of initiatives and responsibility for the process. Here’s why this is important.

LaRae Quy was an FBI undercover agent before she turned to mental wellness. She defines Eustress which is full of hope because it moves us toward the positive things in life. How to use hope to overcome stress with many examples.

Okay, so you’ve checked out at work? Here’s how to check back in. Use pro-activity to boost your impact. This practical Harvard Business Review text explores the powerful question; “what do you want to be known for?”

How can I manage to transfer this fire to my employees? Andreas Bürgler asked himself before the Design Thinking Sprint. Here’s how his teams got fired up to develop user-centric ideas for the new DB Infopoint 4.0. in German train stations.

Coaching Insight

“What are your best hopes for this coaching session?” Articulating your hopeful vision in a coaching conversation is a powerful way to affirm your commitment. This coaching question is powerful too. It invites you to face challenges, discover insights and at the same time reinforces a sense of optimism. Positive change moving forward. Coaching is all about really showing up for yourself to move forward.

Quick Wins

A Change tip from “Atomic Habits” bestseller author James Clear.

The 2-step incremental process that leads to exceptional results:

  1. Spend a little time each day thinking about the highest leverage activity available to you.

  2. Spend a little time each day working on it.