i-Sparks aims to grow ideas into projects that excite and inspire people and organizations alike, projects that spark innovation for social change. We are not talking about ‘any’ projects but ‘WOW Projects’: projects that add value, projects that matter, projects that make a difference, projects that leave a legacy … .
Thomas Juli, founder and president of i-Sparks, states: “I was fortunate that most of the projects I worked on or managed, inside and outside of business, met these requirements. It was not the nature of the projects. It was the attitude of the whole team and its desire to create something special.
All of my wow projects started with a clear vision; clear enough to become emotional about it. We could see, smell, and feel the expected end results. This was a strong driver in our day-to-day activities. Other attributes of these projects were that collaboration was working: roles and responsibilities were defined, team members’ expectations articulated and accounted for, and all were reviewed regularly, adapting them where necessary. We nourished teamwork and the freedom to act for a common goal. Creating and nurturing an innovative learning environment, an atmosphere where feedback was sincere, honest, and constructive, was another success factor. It was about helping and learning from each other. Last but not least, the wow projects were about delivering results, not just the final deliverable. Instead, we set weekly goals to work on and deliver. This meant we always had a good sense of accomplishment. Project success became success for all of us.”
If you too are interested in launching your own WOW project, start today: share your ideas for social change and invite the i-Sparks community to help you grow a project that makes a difference.
Literature recommendation: Peters, T. J. (2007). The Wow Project. FastCompany. Retrieved from http://www.fastcom- pany.com/magazine/24/wowproj.html