Core Lean Strategy is to make our clients top performers by helping them experience the process of learning, how to assess their problems and redesign their actions to get their desired results. Without experience, the learning will be much shallower and non-sustainable. We want the Core Lean members to be a living example of the behaviors we expect our clients to develop to improve their results and maintain them at a top level after we are gone. Core Lean people will listen and observe the situation, focus on the opportunities and move to action quickly, engaging the people they work with to improve results in a sustained way. According to the feedback received from all our clients, our people have that “something” that makes things really work!!
We are about to live a challenging experience in the Run Mate by Core-Lean event end of September. In your team, you have most probably already defined some organizational elements: What information you need? Who is running every section? Who is driving the support vehicle? Who gets the safety kits, high-vis jackets, drink and food for the run? It’s also important to visualize how the team members will behave and confirm that it is exactly the way you as a team want. If that’s not the case, you need to adjust something.
How to visualize the behaviors? You will directly observe it and then discuss with your team mates. Share the details, ask for concerns or doubts, listen to the team members for their needs and proposals, and let them confirm that, under the aligned conditions, they will react as you expected. It is better to discuss it and fix it now than doing it during the run around the Lake!
Example: Your team is very diverse in terms of running skills, and a couple of guys want to push it to the limit to complete the run in less than 18h… however, some team members may feel apart since their pace don’t match with the expectations. That is the importance of interacting with all members, involving them from the start – from the Goal Setting phase. Keep in mind that life doesn’t end when the race is over, and a key element of successful organizations is that they persist over time as good organizations, and not as a one-time winner. The exercise of visualizing behaviors is a very critical moment to test for alignment just before moving into action.
Once this exercise is complete, your team will have to select some in-process measures to monitor how the team is performing. For example, the time on every relay, or the pace a team mate takes to ascend a hill – which is different than the normal pace, or the physical feeling of mates after some relays at night… where important tactical decisions may have to take place.
In terms of metrics, it’s important to keep the relevant-few ones. The simpler the monitoring the more time available for enjoying!!
Sport events are a great ground to experience the same challenging dynamics as in a business environment and get the learning from its result. Run Mate by Core-Lean will help us experience and learn what strong team values can generate, making possible what seems impossible at first sight. Looking forward to enjoying the challenge with some of you!