Play: Never The Same Old Ideas

Some 25 years ago, Randy Ranslaben gave me a name for one of the original line-art Square Wheels illustrations. He called it, “Wheel Time Twaining” and it looks like this:


The idea was that we took the time to stop pushing and pulling and stopped the wagon and can now play with ideas for improvement. The reality of this is that once you have some hands-on experience with a different way to do things, going back to doing things the same old way is simply not going to work. Cognitive dissonance will drive either improvement or frustration.

I just played with doing this same theme using the Square Wheels LEGO representations, creating another of my posters. You can find dozens of them here in this poems and quips blog. Here is the new framework, done up as a poster:


We sell really simple toolkits to use for involving and engaging people in discussions about the things that are not working smoothly and their ideas for improvement. The Round Wheels are generally already in the wagon, and playing with ideas generates the ownership involvement and intrinsic motivation needed to make changes in how things get accomplished;

A Square Wheels image toolkit by Dr. Scott Simmerman

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Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.

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