Hey everyone, here we go. . . . . .
IN OUR WORLD
This was a week in town for me. Lots going on and lucky for me, all of it local.
- One Level Above (OLA): I had my first follow up meeting after the launch of an OLA strategy for a client. The key to the impact of a strategy that moves an existing reality one level above is a firm application plan at the very beginning. It creates traction. Traction leads to impact!
- Podcast’s: I had the honor of recording three podcasts on my Repeatable Successful Acts platform for a client. After editing I will get copies and have them posted in my June newsletter. The RSA platform continues to gain traction.
- Attack The Second Level: This strategy sprang from one of the RSA’s. It has multiple applications. This application involved a new training platform I designed for support staff. Many companies miss the opportunity to focus serious training for one of the most critical foundation points to success – support staff. The result was fantastic!
Add those client activities to the continued work on the new web site, meetings regarding a couple of proposed projects, and the week flew by!
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
The battle for simplicity is a never ending war. We seem to be constantly drawn into a desire for complication. It hits us every where. We are bombarded with so many choices in everything from the 285 choices of cookies at Wal-Mart to the 15,000 mutual funds available for your investment options. These myriad choices create a real and ever present challenge to our decision making models and decision making plays a huge role in our ability to plan.
The IBM Global CEO Study, involving 1,541 CEO’s has just been published with some interesting results.
- 8 out of 10 CEO’s believe their companies are growing more complex despite their efforts to keep things simple.
- 51% feel they are not equipped to deal with complexities.
- Complexity has become the largest leadership challenge identified in the 8 years since the launch of the Study.
The ability to simplify comes from how you think. How you think impacts how you behave. At Creative Ventures we follow a method of thinking called “thoughtful reduction”. It comes from the design world and John Maeda. It allows you to attack problems, systems, processes with a rugged determination to keep it simple. We created the Power of 3 where we fight the thinking battle to all projects, systems, programs and platforms to no more than 3 parts. This Power of 3 is the engine that drives ALL of my work.
Here is an example. This week I met with a client regarding an aggressive internet strategy. They had filled two white boards with their ideas and a draft of the plan. I was invited to participate. After some rather lengthy discussion the strategy had one focal point – CONNECTIONS. The connections had two impact points, their sphere of influence and their information. It really was as simple as that.
A few starting points:
- Slow Down. Speed stops simplification cold in its tracks. Remember, speed should never outweigh thought.
- Layers. It takes multiple models to get to the most simple. Think of it as playing with the idea.
The ability to simplify will become a defining strength in a world of chaotic change.
MOVIES: Not much out there. McGruber is probably not going to get my movie dollar!
NetFlix Fans: Outlander: A little, obscure sci-fi movie. Surprisingly entertaining.
TV: The season finale for House MD was a good an episode of television as I have seen in years. Yes, I am prejudice as I am a House fanatic, but many in my “House Circle of Friends” agreed. Catch it on Hulu.
BOOKS: Work Place Flexibility – By Christian/Schneider. What is the number one strategy for finding and keeping talent? Create a work place with a foundation of flexibility.
MUSIC: The Damon Castillo Band. Really good stuff.
WEB SITES: Way cool site.
SOUTH OF NORMAL
How about some pizza facts:
- There are over 69,000 pizzerias in the US.
- 3 billion pizzas are consumed every year.
- 94% of the US population eats pizza, while only 64% of the US population voted in the last US presidential elections.
- Americans eat 100 acres of pizza a day.
- Iowa is the # 1 pizza eating state in the US, while Mississippi ranks 50th.
Man, I love me some pizza!
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Thanks for stopping by and until next time, Adios and Aloha.