KCT

Knowledge Capture & Transfer

Two Word Hierarchy

Written By: berge

Two-Word Hierarchy is a very simple tool. You should be able to apply it within a few minutes. Just follow these steps:

1. Define your challenge

2. Write two words that represent the essence of your challenge

3. Split each word into two separate attributes or other related words

4. Split each into two more attributes or other related words

5. Continue splitting the them until you run out of ideas

6. Examine each word on the list to identify ideas

7. List your new ideas

8. Repeat this process with different two words until you have enough ideas.

 

This is an example of its use. Let us consider the challenge of having fun when doing something we do not like to do:

1. Define your challenge Have fun at work while doing tasks that you do not like to do.

2. Write two words that represents the essence of your challenge

Fun

Work

3. Split each word into two separate attributes or other related words

Fun – enjoyment and pleasure

Work – Attempt, exertion

4. Split each into two more attributes or other related words

Enjoyment – satisfaction, fulfillment

Pleasure – cartoons, jokes

Attempt – best, creative

Exertion – effort, energy

5. Continue splitting them until you run out of ideas

Satisfaction – paycheck, positive thoughts

Fulfillment – necessary work, joyful

Cartoons – work related, funny

Jokes – boss, colleagues

Best – habits, thoughts

Creative – work, workers

Effort – best, cheerfully 260

Energy – positive, influence

6. Examine each word on the list to identify ideas.

Attempt – attempt to think positively about the job and find some one else who can do it better and cheaper for your boss.

Best – improve your attitude about it and do the best you can

Boss – get the boss to see if someone else could do the task better.

Cartoons – look in the book and find some cartoons that relate to this work and place it on the bulletin board

Cheerfully – attempt to do it cheerfully, “motion before emotion”, start acting cheerfully even though you don’t feel like it and the feeling will follow.

Colleagues – find others who like to do the work

Creative – find innovative ways to improve the task so that it could be automated or done by someone else Effort – put your best effort to find a better more satisfying job

Energy – don’t waste your energy on negative thoughts and negative actions

Enjoyment – relax and enjoy yourself during break so that when you get top this task you are not tense

Exertion – do not exert too much energy on this task

Fulfillment – find ways to get fulfillment from doing this task

Fun – see how you can perform this task with some fun elements, such as music and dancing

Funny – find a few funny people you could share your thoughts and have them cheer you up

Habits – make a habit to think of good and positive things and focus on them, not the negative things

Influence – see who is a positive influence in your area and spend more time with him

Jokes – find some good jokes and tell others

Joyful – be joyful as much as you can, remember “motion before emotion”

Necessary work – we all have to do some work that we do not like, but this is necessary. Just learn to enjoy them.

Paycheck – we all get paid for drawing and for erasing

Pleasure – there are more things that give me pleasure at my work than those that do not.

Positive – I must be positive all the time

Positive thoughts – I influence my action by my thoughts

Satisfaction – I will be satisfied as soon as I know that I am doing my best

Thoughts – positive thoughts are vital to my health

Work – work is one of those things that we all must do, let me make it as much fun as I can

Work related – work related tasks are not all fun, somehow I will make it fun, or at least more pleasurable

Workers – other workers are doing tasks that are so much worse than 261 mine.

7. List your new ideas ·

Attempt to think positive about the job and find some one else who can do it better and cheaper for your boss. ·

Improve your attitude about it and do the best you can ·

Get the boss to see how that task can be done better by someone else ·

Look in the book and find some cartoons that relate to this work and place it on the bulletin board ·

Attempt to do it cheerfully, “motion before emotion”, start acting cheerfully even though you don’t feel like it and the feeling will follow. ·

Find others who like to do the work ·

Find innovative ways to improve the task so that it could be automated or done by someone else

Put your best effort to find a better more satisfying job ·

Don’t waste your energy on negative thoughts and negative actions ·

Relax and enjoy yourself during break so that when you get to this task you are not tense ·

Do not exert too much energy on this task ·

Find ways to get fulfillment from doing this task ·

See how you can perform this task with some fun elements, such as music and dancing ·

Find a few funny people you could share your thoughts and have them cheer you up ·

Make a habit to think of good and positive things and focus on them, not the negative things ·

See who is a positive influence in your area and spend more time with him ·

Be joyful as much as you can, remember “motion before emotion” ·

We all have to do some work that we do not like, but we have to. Just learn to enjoy them. ·

We all get paid for drawing and for erasing ·

There are more things that give me pleasure at my work than those that do not. ·

I must be positive all the time ·

I influence my action by my thoughts ·

I will be satisfied as soon as I know that I am doing my best ·

Positive thoughts are vital to my health ·

Work is one of those things that we all must do, let me make it as much fun as I can ·

Work related tasks are not all fun, somehow I will make it fun, or at least more pleasurable ·

Other workers are doing tasks that are so much worse than mine.

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