I laughed when working for the first time with a senior team recently.
I asked them to do their pre-work and then come ready to collaborate on a modest piece of communication.
An email would be fine, I said. That way we can embed the concepts without being overwhelmed with problem solving.
After that we can move to solve bigger problems.
They followed the brief to a T and brought an email for us to work on.
Or so they said.
The email turned out to be a nudge to their peers on the Executive Committee to think holistically about a $1bn problem.
As you might imagine, we were quickly immersed in detailed problem solving and not ‘just thinking through an email'.
Preparing the ExCo then took a further three two-hour sessions!
So, not all emails are ‘just emails'.
They do however provide a hidden and often ignored opportunity to build our thinking skills.
My teeny tiny email course explains how.
In 10 minutes you will learn four key concepts.
It is available at no cost.
I hope that helps.