The book Essentialism confronts the notion that we can have it all while supporting the idea less is more. There is a common theme that underlies its principles. It’s a requirement for success in any endeavor. That prerequisite is discipline.
Strategic Discipline Blog
92% of CEO’s feel their leadership team can communicate their strategy! The same survey revealed that only 2% of their leadership team actually could!
A critical component of the One Page Strategic Plan is determining Your Core Purpose. In Patrick Lencioni’s recent book The Advantage he pronounces clarity as being critical to business growth. To achieve this he asks six questions about your company. The first one, "Why do we exist?" is possibly the most challenging and difficult for a business to agree upon without a leadership team’s dedication, effort and the ability to resolve conflict. And it simply won’t be achieved without the CEO making the commitment first.
In Creating the Discipline of The Advantage Patrick Lencioni indicated the single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. He provides Four Disciplines that companies need to achieve organizational health.
Last blog we discussed how as your company grows and expands it seems harder and harder to communicate your vision. People at the tactical level of your company often don’t know what the strategy for your business is. In fact they don’t know a lot of things that are important for them to know about your business. There’s often a huge gap on how they work with prospects and customers due to poor communication of your vision and strategy, let alone company policies.
As your business grows does it seem like it’s been harder and harder to keep everyone on the same page? The larger you get does it feel like the vision and strategy you had that seemed so clear has become foggier to you and the people you lead?
Saturday evening I attended my youngest son Noah’s concerts. The coordination between orchestra sections and individual students at the sixth, seventh and eighth grade level can be challenging, yet it’s surprising how much harmony a group of 60 or more 12-14 year olds can offer. This orchestra mixed students from the different high school middle schools in the area. They only had a couple of practices and yet performed remarkably well. When it comes together it really is inspiring.