Years ago, I had a PowerPoint slide that had these cool dials on it and the animation would make the dials move. I would use this slide as a metaphor that as a leader you can create the pace and speed of your team, just like adjusting the dials on your vehicle.
A few weeks ago, we conducted our fall TCN Leadership Immersion Course. We were thrilled to have over 80 leaders from six states participating, and their engagement level was off the charts. Due to COVID, as with most trainings and meetings, we pivoted to Zoom for the conference, which made the engagement level even more impressive given the virtual nature, in addition to the fact that the training took place over three consecutive days.
Years ago, John Maxwell developed leadership lessons which he distributed via CDs. One of the lessons he taught, which I have never forgotten, is about how important it is that every leader has an organization system. In that lesson, he went on to say that the average executive spends 10 years of his life “looking for stuff”.
We are in a blog series for what I call the 6 Fundamentals of every great organization system. Our last blog focused on the second fundamental of every great organization system: the task list. In this post we will discuss the third fundamental of every great organization system: The Intake System.
Low ROI, frustration, and an increased employee turnover rate are all not just common symptoms of a dysfunctional organization, they are also possible results from implementing a poor leadership system. A recent study from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) highlighted the missing piece to most organizations sustainable growth and improvement. And, much to most CEO's surprise, it has nothing to do with a fancy online tool, a new way to motivate through incentives, or enforcing stricter policies. It turns out, you just need to rethink your current leadership structure.