1. Fair Play for the Integrator: As what we call the Integrator, (day-to-day decision maker) I needed to make some substantial changes. But on a team with strong leaders, try running an offsite and also recommending those changes. For the other individuals in the room, your role can be confusing…. are you the Integrator, or the discussion facilitator, or the agenda moderator?…and this confusion affects the team’s ability to consider your input in the offsite dialogue. For example, if you cut a conversation short, was your action to help with time? Or was it to avoid a tangent? Or were you just trying to have the upper hand in the discussion since you’re running the meeting? That’s just one point of contention. However, if you can take a seat with the team, your role immediately becomes clearer. You’ve removed “facilitator”, “moderator”, and you are now “at the table” with your team. Sure, the Integrator is still the decision maker, but now your role is the same as it is every day and you are now playing fair in everyone’s eyes
2. Relaxed and Focused: As the Integrator on the team I was a fairly intense individual. I tried to handle everything without dropping anything. Now try to add to that: starting on time, facilitating discussion, deciding on breaks, achieving objectives, ending on time, etc. I might have blown up….so rather than all that, I just needed to be 1) open and honest and 2) focus on the issue at hand. Of course it also helped to wear jeans, shorts, or flip flops.
3. Bounce Ideas: An EOS implementer provided me on-demand access to a professional that knew both my business and my team. But what made the relationship even more valuable is that he was neither in the company nor on the board of directors. I could speak freely without consideration of personal agenda.
4. Accountability: I doubted our leadership team would do any self-reporting and would likely use the “busy excuse” for every missed goal. I felt that an outside coach had a far better shot at success, especially in the first 2 years.
5. Broker: I needed someone to help me create the context and facilitate some of the most important conversations our leadership needed to have, such as “Who should be on the leadership team”. That was something I could have tried over a longer period of time (likely months or even years). But I chose to get it done in a few hours with the help of our implementer.
5.5 Price/Value: We were trying to increase the value of the organization by tens of millions of dollars in a very short window. For less than the cost of our receptionist I had a teacher, facilitator and coach for my entire leadership team.
These were the top factors in my decision-making process and they continued to be the same reasons why I retained my EOS implementer for the next 7 years.
A Discovery: Sunday Sauce
FINALLY, a recent halfhearted web search unearthed a gem from, of all people, Tony Danza who posted a recipe on the Food Network site.
A few suggestions, if I may:
- Reduce the salt levels by 50% especially if you do all the meat. Trust me, you can always add more.
- I did 50% ground beef/50% ground pork for the meatballs.
- Be sure to squeeze the tomatoes as he suggests, plus my family gets excited when I do it.
- There is an enormous amount of garlic in this recipe. Use all of it and make sure it’s fresh.
- The recipe is a not crystal clear on the order of things, but you’ll figure it out. Just read it a few times before beginning.
- It’s says easy, but it should also say “long”….budget 2 hours of messing around and 2 hours to cook it.
*Tutta Pasta moved to Brooklyn, NY