Leadership vision challenges

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First time seeing a light like this one. Heading West on Buena Vista Drive last night. We used this at the Casting Center.

Recall a time when your lofty vision became a reality. What allowed that to happen?

Recall a time when you were part of a team that pursued and completed someone else’s lofty vision. What allowed that to happen?

What are the similarities between your vision and someone else’s vision?

Recall a time when you had a vision that never materialized. What held you back?

Recall a time when you were on a team that was pursuing someone else’s vision and it never materialized. What held it back?

Now, think about your current vision. What’s to gain? What’s to lose?

What and how can you replicate what worked for you before? What and how can you replicate what worked as part of someone else’s vision? And how do you avoid the common traps.

Back to your vision and the power it holds…

Why is recalling and saying your vision, by others, a challenge? What if it wasn’t?

Do you believe there are scalable success factors that you can use to architect the desired future state?

Why or why not?

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The 19 cultural blueprints for corporate architecture for business excellence

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Disney Blueprints will work anywhere.

The 19 cultural blueprints for corporate architecture for business excellence.

LEADERS (blueprints, site prep, foundation)
1. (Vision) a clear, concise, compelling vision
2. (Involvement) Create your tool box with at least 100 easy to implement developmental ideas
3. (Accountability) Develop your tool kit with your top three priorities for each: Employees, Customers, Business PLUS: Technical, Managerial, Behavioral.
4. (Commitment) Short list (7 or less) of internal leadership (and employee) values, with concise definition and sample behaviors.

EMPLOYEES (shell, walls, roof)
5. (History) Full-blown founder’s story capturing the organizational DNA (and an historian identified)
6. (Customs) Long list of company heritage as well as traditions (ongoing historical management)
7. (Icons) Comprehensive guide to corporate language, symbols, phrases, tag lines, etc (ongoing historical mgmt)
8. (Values) Categorize unique traits & behaviors your culture is famous for.
EMPLOYEES: Deep and broad integration with your 4 HR practices: Hire, Train, Inspire, Value.

CUSTOMERS (floor plans, doors, windows, walls, stairs, closets, etc)
9. (The Bullseye) Identify and define your quintessential service goal. Then embed it in your organization’s DNA
10. (360 Analysis) Exhaustive lists of Needs, Wants, Stereotypes (+-), Emotions (+-); this will fuel scalable ways to hit your bullseye all day, every day.
11. (Unifying goal) redress your vision statement in a pair of overalls and march it to the front line. This is your battle-cry, the reason you exist. This one blueprint is the most important tool for harvesting your work force’s discretionary effort.
12. (Decision Tree) Create your prioritized corporate decision making matrix based on your non-negotiable, famous for, and business need.

REPUTATION (Exterior style & landscaping)
13. (Your promise) This one’s easy, it’s your unifying goal.
14. (Delivering your promise) process map every customer (and employee) touch point and create exhaustive lists for delivering your quintessential service goal at every touchpoint, all day, every day.
15. (Connecting Emotionally) Create organizationally unique employee framework (your Company’s Customer Service blueprints) to allow for initial and ongoing training and development.

IMPROVE (functionality – plumbing, electric, hvac, lighting, etc)
16. (Generate Ideas) Build your corporate box and think inside it.
17. (Select ideas) Use process mapping, 360 analysis, financials, surveys, etc
18. (Implement ideas) Develop a corporate framework for Continuous Improvement Process (CIP); a literal six sigma for dummies.
19. (Leader’s Role) Create environment where great ideas have no choice but to flourish. Everyone is creative, your ideas are separate from your identity, “yes, and”.

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Corporate Culture Architectural Blueprints from a lifetime at Disney

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An organization “addicted to urgency” shapes it’s culture by default. The “less expensive” goal is a culture by design.

Profoundly simple. Simply profound.

New speaking/advising website coming June 25, 2016 (25 days from today) – my speciality is corporate culture architecture – blueprints if you will.




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