Tools for Execution

 
 

There are many approaches to gain commitment and boost execution quality, but most either fail to generate deep emotional commitment or come with harshly negative consequences to long-term engagement, trust, and the ability to tap into organizational intelligence.

Our approach to execution is not to muscle through what's on the surface, but to observe and elegantly address the dynamics at work underneath. People will only do their best work when they actually want to, which means leaders are responsible for discovering and aligning often hidden barriers to success.

 

Tools for Analysis

The 6 Underlying Factors

Of projects that fail to reach their potential, most do not fail because of strategy. Most fail because there are underlying factors that directly undermine their ability to succeed.

These barriers are related to six distinct areas:

  • Culture
  • Fluency
  • Intangibles
  • Skill Gaps
  • Bandwidth
  • Goal Conflict

Our analysis will provide a highly-detailed and actionable list of barriers that exist in each of these categories, along with recommended steps that can be taken to alleviate or resolve the issues.

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Bandwidth

While bandwidth is an execution topic at a tactical level, it's a cultural topic, overall.

When people are spending large fractions of their time on meetings, deliverables, or other activities that produce little value or are met with intense friction, there is an underlying cultural issue that is allowing these issues to pop up and persist.

We rigorously analyze the granular components of individual and team bandwidth to chart a multi-stage path forward. Our goal is to reclaim 30% of individuals' time, on average.

 

Fluency

If you ask 10 people to form strategies to fuel growth or efficiency, who will have the best answer?

Would you like to be able to accurately predict that?

Fluency is a highly-sophisticated and actionable view into a person's ability to generate outstanding ideas and make high-quality decisions. Fluency extends the psychology tests that leave you wondering and offers a more comprehensive and intuitive view. You will be able to assemble teams of internal or external expertise who will complement each other and collaborate naturally to form superhuman intelligence and execution.

 

Intangible Value

What matters far more than how well a person does their job? Their impact on how others do theirs.

Intangible value is a direct and actionable measure of a person's impact on ideation, decision making, engagement + morale, and adaptability. Not coincidentally, these are exactly the attributes you are looking for in leaders.

Intangible value is completely independent of individual contribution, and allows you to find the People Leaders and Visionaries you will need in higher-level conversations, planning, and decisions.

 

Tools for Action

Roundtable

When projects have failed to launch or "get over the hump," it's most often due to confusion or disagreement about how various parts of a strategy come together in the real world.

While we can schedule meetings and conduct internal and external research, these tactics fail to attack the issue with the shear force and focus required. It's important to take a wholly different approach and make more progress in one day than the organization would normally make in months.

Roundtable confronts a business challenge and outputs a highly-detailed strategy or vision. Roundtable can be used to create breakthrough moments in product, go to market challenges, marketing and message, customer experience, internal efficiency, culture, brand/identity, or any complex challenge.

In addition to this concrete outcome, roundtable creates lasting, cross-departmental relationships and respect that are critical during later execution phases.

 

Office Hours

When teams can benefit from the added perspective of someone who is accustomed to moving fast and running entrepreneurial or adaptable operations, we provide generic availability that can be spent in meetings, 1:1, group discussions, education, and more. These hours can be used for any purpose in any format.

The purpose of office hours is to provide informal and flexible time to offer our perspective in everyday settings. Again, our purpose is not to solve your problems for you, but to prove the ability for your own teams to solve for anything when given the correct environment.

For many, the greatest value of an engagement with Core is found in this context.

 

Tools for Improvement

Decision Frameworks

When an organization feels it could benefit from more sophisticated approaches to learning and making decisions, we offer training on the decision frameworks we have used to launch some of the fastest growing and most highly-rated product and services companies in recent history.

 

Human-Centered Design

When an organization lacks a strong design capability, it is not enough to simply learn generic design thinking or add design or innovation groups to the organization. Human-centered design goes beyond basic design principles to ensure your methods of understanding and solving problems multiply human potential, rather than diminishing it.

 

Perspective

When organizations feel siloed  and uncooperative, Perspective is the answer. Perspective, the second most important element of a culture of greatness, is the idea that we cannot come up with quality ideas or make quality decisions without specific perspectives, found elsewhere in the org.

This shift from push to pull radically alters the culture of cooperation. Perspective fundamentally redefines what it means to be a leader in your company by prioritizing cooperation and collective genius over ego and withdrawal.

 

OVP Talent Development Model

According to Gallup, 82% of people promoted to manager roles fail. Bad managers are the #1 reason people disengage or leave their company. And when you lose great people, it can cost over 400% of their salary to recover.

The practices widely used today are failing on an epidemic level.

We believe in a highly-specific and fully-validated form of advancement and promotion. The approach is called Opportunity, Voice, Promotion, or OVP.

OVP demands that leaders have an established history of pursuing and conquering opportunities within the company, without being asked. Once this track record is established, these people gain voice, long before promotion. Finally, after their voice has added significant perspective in critical decisions, their position as a leader is solidified.

The underlying framework of OVP is that leaders demonstrate extraordinary tangible and intangible value before they are promoted, not after.

 

THe 4 superstar types

When organizations do not have all four core psychological types represented in decisions, those decisions will be missing critical information and advocacy.

We teach leaders at all levels how to identify the 4 superstar types by fluency and how to model decision making processes to ensure all four perspectives are surfaced before strategies or key decisions are rolled out.