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What is Working Here?

One of the founding principles of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) is tuning into the best of what is happening in the moment. That way, even when you are mired in the depths of a negative situation, you are still primed to find the potential asset — it’s always there! — that you can leverage to move forward.

The key is to begin noticing everything around you that is really working, clicking, connecting. Any time you feel positive momentum, stop for a moment. Ask yourself:What is working here? What do I want to keep doing? Invite responses from the people you are collaborating with. Often, people don’t even know the good that they are doing until you force them to step out of the moment for a second to think about it. And when your people are basking in the glow of their good efforts, they are motivated to do better and more.

Scan, Snap, Savor is one of my favorite ABT exercises to help you take in the good of a given moment. Below is a brief outline of this simple mindset management exercise works.

Step 1:Scan

Look for the positive facts that are happening, be it your own leadership strengths that are moving things forward; the behaviors, skills, and contributions that other people are making; or maybe even the situational dynamics working in your favor.

Step 2:Snap

Zero in on just one of the positive facts from your scan. Aim your mind’s camera at that fact and then “snap” the shutter to capture it and burn it into your memory.

Step 3:Savor

Once you have “snapped” the image of that positive, present-moment fact, turn it into a lasting positive experience. Re-live your internal experience of the moment. How do you feel? Grateful? Enthusiastic? Optimistic? Resourceful?

Spend 30 to 60 seconds dwelling on the positive emotions associated with that fact. Savor it.

In less than 90 seconds, you have:

  • Allowed yourself a brief, but energetic pause

  • Shifted the way you see yourself, others, and the situation at hand in a more positive direction

  • Primed yourself to see and seize the opportunities right in front of you

What leadership moments can you recall that were worth scanning, snapping, and savoring? Why not take a moment to do a retroactive scan, snap, savor? 

As always, please share your stories with me in the comments.

Photo Credit: National Media Museum

Dr. Kathy Cramer

Kathryn D. Cramer, PH.D.
Founder and Managing Partner, The Cramer Institute