I’ll admit that watching the movie “Office Space” is one of my guilty pleasures. There’s something universal about corporate culture that is captured so perfectly in this ’90s-era comedy. It’s hilarious when the consultant, after interviewing the slacking, snarky main character, declares him to be “just a straight shooter with upper management written all over him.”

I roar with laughter at that scene because I have been on both sides of it. I have been the employee who has been “consultant-jacked,” meaning a consultant from a large firm came in, interviewed me for a big project, stole my ideas and got paid bank without crediting the source. I have also been a consultant who is the first person in the room to step up and say: Don’t fool yourself into thinking that hiring someone like me is going to solve all your challenges. Fast-forward to today, my experience has taught me that there is a time to hire a consultant, find a facilitator or get a “solutionator.” That’s my name for someone who is a hybrid facilitator-consultant.

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The Weekly Zing are quick, fun innovation exercises that 48 Innovate participants explore back at the office.

Scene Change 

Stop what you are doing, set your timer for 15 minutes on your smartphone and go walk outside. 

A change in scenery goes a long way. 

Feel refreshed? Inspired? Share your insights with @48Innovate use #scenechange. 

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~Michelle Chiantera, Cisco
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