One common mistake I see in my work is that the initiatives and projects being done at the worker level are disconnected to the strategy created at the top. My learners struggle with clearly identifying the business ROI of their project, and quite frankly, so do their leaders. As zealots of project management competence in this flash mob world, my team went looking for a way to help by connecting strategy to projects. As practitioners of Systems Thinking, the interaction of these business systems into James Fischer's Seven Stage Growth Model made a ton of sense. We had found a simple, actionable process to grow business similar to our simple, actionable process for project management. It is based on research on successful businesses and organizations by James Fischer (author of Navigating the Growth Curve). By examining the elements that make up each system and how the systems should interact to drive profit, leaders can begin to see how a decision in one part of the business impacts the other parts of the firm. Individual firefighting projects are sane, but combined with other firefighting projects can create insanity. Move the same way and great things happen. Fischer's process taught us how to identify which of the seven stages an organization is in and then measure the gaps between what is and what needs to be by looking at these key drivers:
- 27 Team Challenges (which drives effective teams)
- Leadership Style (which drives leadership focus)
- Leadership Competencies (which drives leadership development)
- Builder vs. Protector Ratio (which drives hiring and reporting)
- Leadership Span of Control (which drives organizational design)
- The Five Primary Organizational Challenges of this Stage (which drive projects)
Combining online assessments with face-to-face leadership meetings, this initial process takes less than a week. RMA's highly skilled coaches provide road maps, tools, and strategies for you to grow your teams and your companies. We help you identify hurdles to a firm's success and develop strategies in partner with the client to get over the hurdles quickly. Join us on September 12th when Mary Cook and Brittney Helt will tell the story of how they have applied this approach to our customers to help them move forward more strategically.
Contact Brittney if you'd like to learn more about this powerful process. Finish 2013 with the results you planned in 2012.