Get clear on how to turn into the ‘Super You’ with this easy Superhero Booth sketch. Oh, and it works for customers and teams, too.
I was at a meetup the other night, and I had a couple of great conversations about sketching, personal coaching, and change management. And it reminded me of this great sketch you can use to clarify exactly what would make you a ‘Super You’.
And it goes a little bit like this.
Step 1: Sketch your super powers
Grab some paper (or a whiteboard) and a marker. Ask yourself: if you were a superhero, what would your super-powers be? Have fun with it, and let your imagination go nuts! Here are a few that tend to come up with groups I’ve done this with. Super strength? Pfff. Laser beams coming out of your eyes? Now you’re talking. Flying? Being invisible? Being able to clone yourself? My personal favourite.
You could just write the super-powers down, but sketching is just more fun. You can also be as regular or outlandish as you like, but the real important bit is why. Why would you want to clone yourself (for example)? This can be really insightful for you, because it shows what you truly value.
We can never be invisible*, but maybe if we dig into why we want to be invisible, there might be something that we could do to achieve some benefit of being invisible. But let’s get to the next step first…
Step 2: Sketch you and your Super Booth
Grab another piece of paper, and draw a tall box in the middle, and write ‘SUPER BOOTH’ on it. Make sure you leave some room all around it. Draw you as you are now on the left side, and the Super You on the right side. Here’s mine:
The Super You can be showing the super-powers you thought of before, but if that’s too complicated, just a simple figure that looks a bit super-ish is perfectly fine. Feel free to copy this one, and it helps to put your initial on the chest, too.
Example: I remember one guy in a workshop just wanted to be super PUNCTUAL, because he was late all the time, and it frustrated him. So when he drew the Super Him, he just drew himself with a massive clock hanging around his neck!
Now, draw an arrow to show how you’re going to step into that Super Booth, and another arrow showing how you come out as Super You.
Step 3: Stop / Start / Continue
Here’s where it gets interesting. Draw a vertical line at the top of your Super Booth (see mine below), and write STOP, START and CONTINUE, like this:
You can also draw arrows from the STOP, START and CONTINUE going into your Super Booth. Now, jot down what you think you need to (you guessed it) stop, start and continue, to become that Super You.
Remember how I said to think about why you would want each of those super powers? Think about the benefits of those powers that appeal to you, and what you could stop, start, and continue in your life and work, to achieve those benefits. Here’s where I got to on mine:
Be bold and set yourself challenges, and let this Super Booth be your map, to remind you of what you need to do. Improving yourself is hard, and there are sure to be some challenges in your way. Never fear – there’s a sketch to help you with that, too. 😉
Try it as a team
Discussing (and sketching) what your super-powers are as a team is really insightful, too. What needs to happen inside that Super Booth, to take your team to the next level?
- Are you a designer or product manager? Try envisioning the Super Version of your customers, and let the Superhero Booth be a catalyst for connecting their needs with your offering.
- Are you a project manager or scrum master? Try it with your team, to help everyone improve each others’ performance
- Are you in change management? Try it with different parts of your organisation, to see where they’re at, where they want to be, and what is going to resonate with them to get them there.
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