The Secret Phrase Top Innovators Use

Kara Powell | Sep 25, 2012

If you know me, you know I love questions. Thats why I was so intrigued by this recent Harvard Business Review blog post entitled The Secret Phrase Top Innovators Use.

Granted, thats perhaps a bit hyperbolic. But nonetheless, the authors suggest a question that does indeed spark good conversation.

How might we?

Not How should we? Or How could we? Those are good, but the first can lead to a sense of guilt (never a good long-term motivator) and the latter doesnt have the same open-ended sense of How might we?

I want to start asking, How might we? more with our FYI team and well as with our family.

I find that I am often stifled in my dreaming by a number of obstacles:

  1. Lack of time. Lets be honest, dreaming takes time. If we dont carve it out, time is a scarce commodity.
  2. Lack of courage. Sometimes I think I dont dream big enough because Im afraid to fail.
  3. Lack of creativity. Its so easy to get stuck in a rut and fail to see new potential and possibilities.

Thats why with the two most dominant domains of my life my family and our FYI team Im so glad there are others who can help minimize those obstacles that might paralyze me. (Thanks to my awesome husband and FYI team!)

What other obstacles keep you from dreaming, How might we? How can the support of others help you move past those obstacles?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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