I recently attended a conference where I heard Rick Tamlyn speak on his topic of the ” Bigger Game”. I purchased his book and it is a great read with some hands-on practical tools for figuring out your own Bigger Game. Some key points that I took are as follows:
It is important to define what game you are playing in your life without trying to figure out the exact outcome . If you try to figure out exactly what the path or outcome is, then you cannot effectively play the game. You need to be open to adapt and innovate as you go along.
The first step is identify various games that you might play by noticing around you things that you feel strongly should be different. The second piece of this is to figure out what parts of these games that you bring particular skills and aptitudes to, as well as yearn to be doing. This starts with a need to be more observant about the world around you – at work, in your community, at home. What are the things that you feel strongly about changing and that you have a “hunger” to be involved in changing? These are often the things that you keep talking about and can be categorized in one or more of the following statements:
1) No, not that! What do you want to eliminate or reduce in a situation? Perhaps you are appalled at something going on in your organization or community that you want to eliminate.
2) Something is missing: This is about something that you want to start. Perhaps it is a new program or innovation to make something better. An example was the creation of an all-news channel – CNN.
3) Yes, more of that! : Perhaps you notice something happening in one area that you would like to expand into other areas. An example of this is the rapid expansion of recycling programs across cities and into new types of materials.
The Bigger game and your Compelling Purpose are closely related and the author has several exercises to help you identify this for yourself. I have noticed in my own practice that most people struggle with the concept of identifying their “purpose” and how to put it to work. This book provides some practical ways to do that through the Bigger Game approach. This is a worthwhile read for anyone looking to step up to their next challenge.