There is a saying “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do”. So what about your team and your suppliers. Do they know where you’re going and do they know how they can help you get there? Some suggested actions.
1. Ask yourself what is your vision (or goal if you prefer) for 6 months, 1 year, 3 years. Then for any decision where you have a choice, ask yourself “How is this contributing to my goals?” If it doesn’t challenge whether you want/need to do it.
2. If you have a business, or are in an organisation, Ask your team if they can tell you what the goal is. Tell them how you are contributing to the goal and then ask them how they believe they are contributing. There are two stories around this theme. One is well-known about the American President who went to NASA and asked a sweeper what his role was. The man replied “I put men on the moon”. The other relates to my former company KPMG. A secretarial temp went into the lift and, being chatty, started talking to the only other occupant. She asked him what he did and he replied “maintenance”. He was, in fact, the CEO. If your team members do not know what the goals are, how can they effectively contribute to them?
3. Ask relevant suppliers for their interpretation of your goals. Banks and Accountants should be supporting their clients in many more ways than the basic service. Does your Bank Manager or Accountant know your goals? Can they specify how they contribute to them through their services? Worth asking the questions!
The Week. What a busy week. On Monday we had the Highflyingdivas Forum in Chelmsford where I shared some management consulting tools. On Tuesday I participated in the Ignite Teleclass, one of the coach training elements of the ICF coaching model run by The Forton Group. In the evening I attended the Essex Business Club in Chelmsford. A nominal membership fee. The Tax Director from Bird Luckin gave us an overview of the new budget and what it means. A key message if you are a sole trader or in a partnership, the new rules are less attractive than the options you may have with a limited company. See your accountant to talk it through. www.essexbusinessclub.co.uk To London on Wednesday where I attended an event on Board Governance. Neville Bain presented on effective Boards. This was hosted by Genius Methods who offer Board Evaluations and support Boards in complying with the Governance Code. www.geniusmethods.com. Thursday was my own Non-Executive Director Board meeting and then an employee engagement event for CECS on Friday.
Reading for the week. As I received a copy of The Effective Board by Neville Ban and Roger Barker, this will obviously been in my library. The cover states that the book “will help to inform anyhone who wants to improve the effectiveness of their organisation…. whether a small firm, a listed company, a charity or a public ector body”.
Lighter Reflections. I purchased a new face cream and, after using it, asked husband James “Do you see any improvement in my face?” He took off his glasses, peered closely at me and replied “Well, you don’t look quite as bad as usual”. Normally the options open for revenge are limited. Turning off the hot tap in the bathroom whilst he is in the shower. Shaking the fizzy drink’s can before handing it to him or ensuring that the fried egg in his sandwich remains whole until it explodes when he bites into it. Well no more, as I have found the “blog” is indeed mightier than the sword. As he shows little interest in my written warblings, I am also relatively protected from subsequent retaliation. So, all you husbands out there, beware, especially if your wife has a blog!
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