21 Uses for a Chocolate Bar

And why going through this process every day is good for us.

But first, given that someone challenged me on the back of last week’s blog, here are 21 uses for a chocolate bar.  None of these ideas should cost us more than £3.  Please do share your ideas.  And more importantly, what was the impact of your chocolate bar idea. (Ideas with action are still-born.)  If you can quantify the impact/result, even better.

  1. Send it to the Credit Control person of the company who owe us the most money and are out of terms.  Empathise with the difficultly of their job and ask if they would kindly make payment.  (Make sure you get and use the person’s name.)
  2. Take it home and share it round the dinner table with the family this evening.
  3. As a thank you, give it to someone who’s helped us out recently.
  4. Send it to someone who you’ve been trying to get a meeting with.  Tell them you’re on a charm offensive.
  5. Give it to a random stranger.  Tell them we’re having a great day and just wanted to share our good fortune with them.
  6. Make it a prize in a competition for our team.  The person who gives us the name of a qualified prospect wins the bar of chocolate.  Point 1.  The value of a potential new client is huge compared to the reward.  The motivation to find a new client has to come from an internal desire rather than an external reward.  If your people won’t do it for chocolate, we need to talk – seriously.  Point 2.  Let’s not do things where there can only be 1 winner (e.g. employee of the month type initiatives).  Do things where everyone can win.  So, we may have to invest in and distribute more than 1 bar of chocolate!
  7. Auction the chocolate bar for charity.  How much could a £1 bar of chocolate raise?
  8. Share it out at the start of our weekly management meeting.
  9. Use it as a prop when we’re doing our next presentation.
  10. Give it the person on the checkout in the supermarket.
  11. Send it to a customer and share with them 21 things they could do with it.
  12. Make a coffee and eat it yourself.
  13. Melt it.  Add crystallized orange peel and hazel nuts.  Pour onto a tray and put into the fridge.  Break it up and put it into a nice box.  Give it to someone for Christmas.
  14. Do the above with one of your children.  (I mean do the activity with them.  Don’t cover them with melted chocolate.)
  15. Give it to the guys who wash your car next time you take your car through the hand car wash centre.
  16. Together with 6 cinema tickets (okay, we’ve blown our £3 budget) and a letter of recognition and thanks, send it to a member of the team who’s ‘gone the extra mile’ recently (be specific about what they’ve done and the impact they’ve had).  Make sure it arrives on a Saturday morning when their family will be around.
  17. Read the ingredients and think about where those ingredients have come from and what’s been involved in creating something we take for granted.
  18. Give it to someone who looks sad.  Perhaps ask them if they want a coffee.  Be a good listener.
  19. Go to YouTube and watch the Mast Brothers of New York.  Finish the blog first though!  Chocolate Aficionados
  20. With your children, even if they’re gown up, play that game where you have to put on a hat and gloves and eat the chocolate with a knife and fork.  Show them you’re young at heart. (We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.)
  21. Leave it on you desk and use it as a prompt to be different and stand out from the crowd every day.
  22. (Yes, 22 – always exceed expectations)  Stand in front of a group of people (staff briefing, seminar, network meeting, etc.) and tell everyone you have a bar of chocolate to give away.   See who actually gets off their backside and comes up to you to claim it.  (If we want something, we have to do something to get it.  Sitting there doesn’t work. You’ll get a good point over and people will remember you.)

Anything I can do, you can do better.  What impact will your bar of chocolate have this week?

And why is this exercise important to do every day?

It’s good to set ourselves a quota for ideas each day.  Creativity is a skill and skills are like muscles.  The more we use them, the stronger they get.  And if we don’t use them, they’ll waste away.  Being creative and generating ideas will keep us ahead of the game – and its fun.  So, let’s deliberately sit down and think of a certain number of ideas every day.  Let’s pose ourselves a problem, write it down, and then stare at the paper until we’ve written down 21 potential answers.

Post-script

If you need inspiring to do something different or the discipline to keep doing that thing each and every day, drop me an email or give me a call/text now on 07931 882 555.  I’m happy to sit down for an hour or two – pro bono – and help you find at least 21 potential solutions to your challenge, problem or frustration – and I’ll bring along a bar of chocolate to stimulate our creativity!

Post-post-script

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Mark Dyble

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