Today, I'm going to show you the right way to jump-start the transformation you want as you execute and implement your offsite decisions and rally the company around your cause.
Day two of your executive offsite is where the rubber meets the road and where discussion transforms into action! You’ll pick up right where you left off in day one, with goals. As the day progresses, you and your team will get increasingly precise until you've boiled those goals down to the specific, actionable tasks that you can assign to your team members.
From day one, this step-by-step agenda will give you and your team an opportunity to reflect on past successes and challenges and cast a vision for the company so powerful and enduring that it will outlast everyone in the room.
Though spikes and disruptions will hit and the future is far from clear, many businesses would benefit from taking a step back to reassess not only their long-term goals but also the process by which we establish those goals. This is one of those areas that, if was as leaders are not intentional, we could end up suffering from a side-effect of COVID-19 for a very long time: a heightened emphasis on urgency.
A common but wholly bewildering problem founders face is apathy among their employees. As a successful founder, I'd be willing to bet you are wired to drive forward. You probably don't have an off button (at least while you're awake). Employees can be a whole different story.
Great leaders distinguish themselves from bad or even just good leaders by their ability to make the right decisions at the right time. There is a mystique that surrounds a great leader's ability to make great decisions, and I see it all the time in founders.
When I start working with a founder and their team, one of the first issues we have to address is a big one: How they approach growth. Typically, up until this point, they have grown by selling as much as they can and then scrambling to keep up. But this strategy is about to expire.
You did it! You started a business with nothing more than a dream and a willingness to roll up your sleeves. You worked hard, really hard, and the business grew. You're a stand-out success by everyone else's standards. So why are you not jumping for joy?
Does everyone in your company understand your common goals? Does everyone in your company agree with those goals? Does everyone in your company work effectively and efficiently toward achieving those goals? If not, you might be surprised how much it is costing you every day.
I'm going to share with you the five ways I learned to overcome the departmental silos that develop in virtually every single growing business. Each of these five strategies will help you build the cross-functionality that will allow the organization to work across functions and between silos, at all levels, in an organic, natural manner.