Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
After the new year, I'm planning to get back into the daily video business. I've been spending these past couple of weeks focused first on family, then on developing some new ideas.
Neither of these are really new ideas, but I'm mustering up some energy to get them going this time around.
First is a concept around a high confidence culture. This is based on what I think is the most significant factor in a successful culture of engagement: self-efficacy. I've been talking about self-efficacy for years and sometimes it seems like I'm the only lean guy who does. Self-Efficacy is the confidence we have about our own ability to do a particular task. It could be a particular job at work, or an entrepreneur's marketing efforts, or my confidence that I can take a train from one part of DC to another.
Self-efficacy isn't something that just happens. Leaders can help shape this in team members, and I believe this fundamental understanding of how to build confidence in team members, and then to let it flourish is the first step to becoming a more effective leader.
The second idea is to build a more focused practice on coaching others. I intend to take on clients who want to become more effective leaders and build engaging, high-confidence cultures. I need to keep it oriented toward leadership in organizations, since it's that culture piece that we want to employ to create a better work environment for as many people as we can.
I guess I'll end up with three tiers of membership.
Tier 1 is individual, one-on-one coaching. It'll start with a 360 degree assessment. I use the LifeStyles Inventory (LSI) from Human Synergistics. It'll also include an organizational assessment for profitability using the Quantum Profit Science Profit Model and will show how your organization compares with its industry averages. We'll build a personal development plan and a roadmap to more engagement and we'll connect once a month for an hour to help you with accountability.
Tier 2 is individual, one-on-one coaching as in Tier 1 but with 2 sessions per month, plus access to a weekly group Zoom call that will use lean coffee dialog techniques to discuss issues that participants bring to the table, rather than a set agenda.
Tier 3 is the big Kahuna. It includes the same individual one-on-one coaching as at Tier 2, and this group'll get their own weekly Zoom call. But for this group, we add a specific project for participants from their own workplace. Every 6 to 8 weeks, we will have a 3 to 4 day workshop focusing on a deep dive into a familiar topic, or an introduction to something completely new. Finally, twice a year, pandemics notwithstanding, we'll meet face-to-face as a group in a place where we can learn, reflect, and relax.
What will the coaching focus on? I'm glad you asked. As the author of a book on leadership and another book on problem solving, it's a good bet that we'll be spending a lot of time on both of those topics. But they will always be discussed within the framework of the high confidence culture. Lots of lean systems thinking, principles, practices, tools and techniques with a special emphasis on standardized work (no, it's not the same thing that you're familiar with), workplace organization, visual management systems, and problem solving systems.
What's it going to cost?? I haven't figured that out yet. I do know that I'm capping tier 3 at 16 people so I can provide a proper level of attention to achieve their learning and performance objectives. What would you be willing to pay to get one or two of your key people into a focused development group like that? Let me know.
If you want to know when we're going to start and how you can be first in line, send me an email (email@example.com). If you're ready to take that plunge now, go to https://calendly.com/davidveech/15min and schedule a 15 minute video chat with me.
All the best and Happy New Year.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
We have made it to December, despite 2020! Of course, there have always been end-of-the-world predictions surrounding the first day of Winter, December 21, so we can't say we've got it made until at least after that.
2020 has definitely been a year for disrupting habits. There are so many things we "used to do" that we've had to reinvent. But we've done just that...Reinvented. So I've been thinking this morning about habits and how it's so hard to build good habits that stick for long. If we've reinvented and created something that works, will we keep it after the pandemic passes? That made me think about change initiatives, projects, and programs and why so many fail, or why we have so many in the first place.
Being human is just difficult. If we could stick to stuff, would we be better off? Let's start with diets. I can show you in my "LoseIt" app that I was able to maintain a streak of 481 days of logging every meal. In that time, I lost 30 pounds! But then, for one reason or another, I broke the streak.
Once it's broken, the effort to get back into it is enormous. So, I've gained all that weight back. I don't really need anything new, though, because I know exactly what to do to achieve that level of success. My biggest question now is: Why can't I get back into it?
I learned everything I needed to know and I should have been able to sustain without the details of keeping track of everything. But I didn't. So the lesson to me is that the system and some help are absolutely required even after all that learning. The same applies to your work. You can't rely on people doing everything that needs to be done just because they know how. Leaders build the systems that not only sustain, but also propel the workplace into the future.
Have a wonderful December. I have two things I'm prioritizing (after family) that I could use your help with:
1. I want to do more professional speaking in 2021. (Profession is code for "Paid".) If your company is having a meeting, either virtually or in person, I hope you'll consider me as a keynote or workshop speaker. If you're in a chamber of commerce or professional association, please recommend me to the program committee. I'm happy to follow up with proposals to provide the details, but start by booking a call with me.
2. I have discovered a cloud based system that changes the way we keep track of work as it progresses through our processes. It is unlike any financial software or ERP system I've ever seen. It bases everything on a profit model created from your current financials but run through an algorithm that allows you to see first if you're in line with competitors in your market segment, and second, precisely where you can focus to increase productivity, profitability, and engagement.
I need 6 to 10 small- to medium-sized companies to try this with so I can really understand how it works. The company that produced it (QPS) is making a special offer that makes it affordable for even a very small business. Please think about this and book a call with me to talk about how we might be able to run it in your company and what you can expect.
If I can help you with anything else, send me a message.
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