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The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children? This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth. Readers discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and forty-five minutes later, they leave as best friends. (What happens in that time?) Or the tale of the world’s youngest female billionaire, who credits her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner table. (What was that simple question?) Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Momentsshows us how to be the author of richer experiences.
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Section 1: How to think in terms of moments
Section 2: How to build memorable and meaningful defining moments
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If you're smart, you'll start anticipating the defining moments which will arise in the lives of your customers and be prepared to make the most of them.
Three situations which tend to naturally generate defining moments as of right are:
The essence of thinking in moments is to look for transitions which should be celebrated, milestones which should be commemorated and pits which should be filled. In most organizations most of the time, these opportunities to create defining moments go unnoticed and under utilized.
The workplace is full of opportunities for special moments to be created but many of those opportunities go to waste because everyone is too busy. To "think in terms of moments" means to spot occasions that with a little bit of effort and investment could be turned into something incredibly memorable.
In a way, moments add punctuation marks to the normal daily routines of life and work. Three moments which often deserve creating memorable moments are transitions, milestones and pits. Each of these offer rich opportunities to do something memorable and distinctive.
Situation 1 Transitions
What was your first day at work like? For most employees, it is a blur of meeting a receptionist who thought you didn't start until next week, being shown to a bare desk, trying to track down basic equipment like a computer and being whisked around and meeting 11 people who said their names so fast you didn't have a chance to catch them.
Contrast that with what happens at John Deere. They have designed a "First Day Experience" for new hires which goes something like this:
■Once you accept your job offer from John Deere, you receive an email from a John Deere Friend who introduces herself, tells you where to park, explains what the dress code is and arranges to meet you in the lobby at 9 a.m. on your first day of work.
■You go to the lobby at the prearranged time and notice a flat-screen monitor in the lobby which has your name on it and "Welcome!"
■Your mentor is there to greet you right on time and takes you to your cubicle which has a six-foot-tall banner set up next to it. All day long people see the banner and stop by your desk to introduce themselves and wish you well.
■Your computer is all set up and ready to go. The background image shows a great shot of John Deere farm equipment in a paddock at sunset. There's also the tagline: "Welcome to the most important work you will ever do."
■Your company email account is all set up and ready. Your first email is from the CEO of John Deere which includes a short video where he talks about the company's mission and values. It closes with him saying: "Enjoy your first day. I hope you will have a long and successful career as part of the John Deere team."
■At lunchtime, your mentor picks you up for a lunch off-site with a small group of people who ask about your background, tell you about the projects they are working on and offer to give you any help they can.
■The department manager drops by in the afternoon and makes plans for lunch next week.
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