Friday, May 6, 2016

Could your company benefit from a war room?

Sheryl Baumeister,
Human Resources
When the movie War Room hit the theaters last fall, I am embarrassed to say I had no desire to see it. I really didn’t know anything about it and assumed from the title it was a military movie. Boy, was I wrong.

As any military personnel would know, a war room is where military leaders meet to study maps showing the current status of troops in battle and plan a strategy against their enemy. In the movie, Miss Clara’s war room is a prayer closet where she spends time asking for God’s guidance.

Several days after viewing the movie, I still find myself thinking about it. Are there other areas in our life where we could benefit from a war room? Merriam-Webster defines a war room as:
  • A room at a military headquarters where maps showing the current status of troops in battle are maintained.
  • A room (i.e. a business headquarters) used for conferences and planning that is often specially equipped (i.e. with computer or charts).
In our businesses, I believe creating a war room is a way of empowering our employees to come together as a team to brainstorm, solve complex problems and crank out big projects. In reality, it doesn’t even have to be a room. As long as the space allows the team to have the ability to write and draw ideas, it will work. This helps to make their ideas tangible and easier to work with. They can use whiteboards, chalkboards, sticky notes, whatever works best for your team.

Working together to move the business forward will inspire your employees and keep them engaged. 

By the way, I did enjoy the movie!

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