Rule #5: Harness the Flow and Let Information Go
Rethink how information is shared
We all know that information is valuable and needs to be shared, but we often get bogged down in determining the right size, the right audience, and the right time for sharing information. By rethinking our systems for sharing information we can find new ways to increase alignment and collaboration across our organization.
We share information.
A southwestern school district (8,000 students, 17 schools) embraced the rule: Harness the Flow and Let Information Go by sharing information broadly and consistently. The superintendent went out of his way to share information with schools and the community, even before he had certainty on every detail. As a result, others felt part of the process and more willing to take risks and learn together. For more on this case study see the Sharing Information chapter in The NEW School Rules book.
These activities will help you and your team test out new ways of sharing information
Sharing Information Workout #5A
This workout supports Rule #5: Harness the Flow and Let Information Go. This workout will help you take messages and chunk them into small, medium, and large pieces based on effort and expiration.
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