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Today

Artist Scott Thrift was tired of the way we were marking time, so he changed it. Today, featured in this month’s action kit, is a 24-hour clock aimed to enhance the understanding and Experience of the present moment and remind us of the bigger picture of time. Thrift realized that our society has been using the same clock with the two 12-hour cycles since its invention. “The way we measure time dictates our behavior and so we deserve access to scales that are more appropriate for the way we live our lives now and far into the future,” Thrift said in this TechCrunch article. The goal of Today is to encourage us not to feel limited by time, but instead feel freed by living in the present.

In what ways can we physically remind our team members, providers, patients, and guests to slow down and mark the Moments? While certain Moments at our organizations depend on the traditional marking of time (the time a child is born, the time someone is scheduled for surgery), what Experiences could be enhanced when disconnected from traditional measures of time?

What Is a Moment?

Enjoy this awe-inducing video by the team at RadioLab.

As so wonderfully exhibited by this short piece, defining Moments come in a countless number of forms. From blowing a dandelion to the first cut of a surgeon’s knife, we see that Moments can be deeply personal and often characterized and evoked by sensory Experiences: the sounds, tastes, smells, and feelings brought on by the joys and sorrows of LIVING and LOVING. Every moment is filled with the possibility and potential to be a defining moment in someone’s life.


The ROI of “I Love You So Much”

Jo’s Coffee in Austin, Texas, outsells its competitors because of love. The love isn’t in its cups of coffee, or even dispensed by the baristas. Jo’s love comes from the famous mural spray-painted across the building: “I love you so much.” This simple mural tells customers from the moment they approach Jo’s storefront they are valued and cared for by the establishment as a whole. This emotional moment – this Connection – is what sets Jo’s apart and fosters an intensely loyal fan base. This place is different.


V44: Intro to Moments

Welcome to another wonderful month of LOVING. The next few weeks will be devoted to the principle of Moments. Our lives are made up of countless Moments layered upon each other. It’s up to us to tap into the power of each moment and choose to turn each one into something meaningful.

While not every moment is huge, each provides the opportunity to shape the Experience for those we connect with or touch. That’s the beauty of it – with each new moment comes a new opportunity to look someone in the eyes, be present, and create a positive memory.

Let’s dig in.


Powerful (and Sweet) Moment Making

You have one real moment to launch a product for the first time – how do we make that moment memorable, inspiring, and enticing? If you’re Google, you think outside the box and launch a pop-up donut shop for your donut-shaped Home Mini devices. Visitors enter the shop, ring a bell, ask the Home Mini a question, and are presented with a gift box that either contains an actual donut or a Home Mini. Not only does this Experience demonstrate the function of the Home Mini, but it also gets potential customers excited about the possibility of being gifted a surprise. Whether a donut or a smart speaker, the element of surprise that’s integrated into the pop-up demonstrates Google’s mastery of memorable Moments. Sprinkles, anyone?

How can we surprise and delight our team members, providers, patients, and guests with unexpected Moments? How could we design these Moments through our Experience Intention?

Why Remember This One?

Driving to work? Take a listen to this 30-minute podcast with Chip Heath, Stanford professor and author of the book, The Power of Moments, featured in this month’s Action Kit. The gist is that while we may not always pay attention or give the deserved attention to crafting Moments, we do remember certain Moments. What is it that makes some Moments disappear and some Moments last forever? Heath has found that positive Moments are dominated and defined by four principles: elevation (extreme joy), insight (a sudden realization), pride (us at our best), and Connection (our personal relationships). Those are the ones that stick.

We also love that Sonia Rhodes, founder of The Experience Lab, is featured in The Power of Moments for the defining moment that brought her to this Experience work.

Think of the Moments we create in our organizations – do they evoke elevation, insight, pride, or Connection? How can we enhance these Experiences by adding another one of these elements?

Moments That Matter

Some Moments just happen, and some are artfully created. In this Norwegian advertisement, designed to attract more foster families, our heartstrings are powerfully pulled in a way that evokes empathy. As we know, empathy is one of the most powerful drivers for action, and we are more likely to remember this message as it evokes a meaningful emotion. The lesson? We can all be mindful of the “behind-the-scenes” Moments we’re creating for our team members, providers, patients, and guests; those Moments don’t always have to occur in the spotlight, yet can still create an unexpected and powerful memory.

After watching this piece, think about how we might be able to create thoughtful, special Moments.

V43: Global Wholeheartedness

As we bring our focus on the principle of Wholehearted to a close, let’s consider actionable ways to bring LOVING understanding into our work and our worlds. Through everyday practice – making wholeheartedness a part of who we are – we tune into the needs, hopes, and dreams of our team members, providers, patients, and guests. Today’s Spark provides tangible tools and ideas on how we can continue to grow our practice of wholeheartedness and integrate it into the Experiences of those we serve.


The Empathy Museum

Would you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? Literally? At the Empathy Museum, you can do just that. Founded in 2015 by empathy expert Roman Krznaric, the Empathy Museum is a traveling collection of participatory arts projects that focus on Storytelling and dialogue. The “Mile in My Shoes” exhibit allows you to select an actual pair of shoes, walk around in them, and listen to the story accompanying them. The aim is to inspire compassion and understanding for the lives and stories of others.

While many of us can’t go visit the Empathy Museum in person, we can learn from its founder. Krznaric acknowledges that empathy is “trending” right now in the world of business, and he thinks it’s for good reason: because empathy is undeniably powerful. In this piece, he shares the Six Habits of Highly Empathic People (all habits we can easily integrate into our daily lives): cultivate curiosity about strangers, challenge prejudices and discover commonalities, try another person’s life, listen hard and open up, inspire mass action and social change, and develop an ambitious imagination.

In what ways might we encourage and facilitate active empathy in our organizations? How are we gathering the stories of our team members, providers, patients, and guests and sharing them to inspire a more global understanding of the humans that make up our Experience? Can we intentionally take another perspective for deeper knowing?

Resurrecting Compassion

In Krista Tippett’s moving TED talk, she highlights how the meaning of compassion has died due to its oversaturation in the English language. Tippett uses her talk to perform a “linguistic resurrection” of compassion. Some of her beliefs? Compassion is kind. Compassion is curious. Compassion is empathy. Compassion can change us and our civil discourse if we allow it to fully weave into our standards.

After hearing the stories that Tippett shares bringing life into the word and meaning of compassion, who comes to mind? What team member stories? What patient stories? How might we elevate these stories in our organizations?