Day 2 Bounce

owen owen at
Mon Dec 14 04:21:10 PST 1998

>How common is a day two BOUNCE of surprisingly rapid productivity, in your
I almost hate to say this -- but the Day-Two Bounce is normative behavior,
which is why I find doing anything less than 2 or 2 1/2 day open spaces of
markedly decreasing value. It is not that a 1 day OST is without worth, but
compared to what can be accomplished in 2 days, the 1 dayer doesn't even
make the rankings. I think the reasons for all this are probably pretty
simple and straight forward. On Day 1 I find people operating in a rather
tight just doesn't have the joy and lightness (even if it is a
very serious matter) of the second day. It may be much better than they
have done before, but it is nothing like what they are capable of. There is
in fact a learning curve, and it takes a day to move on it. The central
piece is the Law of Two Feet. Folks use it a lot more on Day 2. And when
the Law of Two Feet is really working, everything seems to go into flow
state. Talk about productivity.

Another factor, I think is that on Day 1 folks tend to bitch a bit -- if
that is what they need to do. And having bitched and seen that nobody got
shot -- they are then free to really get to work. Which they do with a
vengeance. This is a hard point to get over to sponsors, who for fairly
obvious reason would like to have everything pretty. But if the atmosphere
is bitchy, you got to get it out on the table before you move on. This is
especially critical when people are dealing with something like strategic
planning. The sponsor looks at what is going on and says -- hey they are
just dealing with the present and the past -- no future. But the point is
that the present and the past will be your future unless you deal directly
and well with both.

Anyhow, The Day2 Bounce (I love the phrase -- thank you) is pretty much SOP
(standard operating procedure) Enjoy it. I always do. Harrison

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