Earlier this year I had the privilege to facilitate and present at a Strategic Sales conference. The theme of the conference was ‘we all have ability – the difference is how you use it’. Fascinating discussions arose around individual skills and strengths (their super powers) and how to use them in the business as a whole rather than limit them to a specific branch. As in system thinking the true power of a business is recognised when people start working together towards a common goal. (The group/system is more powerful that the sum of the parts) In the process the team communicated across multiple levels and the fresh ideas and innovations put forward were used in developing a strategy execution plan. The result has been a 15% increase in GP over 6 months.
The 7 steps to maximising your super powers are:
- Know yourself. Understand what your strengths are and just as importantly what your weaknesses are.
- Talk to others in your team and find out what their strengths and weaknesses are. You might need to go first to make the communication more transparent.
- Identify your business goals. What do you want to have done by the end of the year to achieve your strategy. Companies often call these CSF’s or critical success factors.
- As a team look at your strengths (in the team) and plan on how to best use these to achieve your business goals.
- Identify what weaknesses you have in the team and how you can reduce or eliminate them using the team strengths.
- Draw up a plan of action showing actions, responsible people and time lines.
- Measure progress monthly. Often plans need to be fine tuned because of changes in the company, market, customer or competitor.