Imagine you’re playing a sport but you can’t see the scoreboard. You don’t know the score; you don’t know how much time is left on the clock. You’re not sure if you’re winning or losing, and the frustrated coach tells you, “Just play harder.”
Do your employees know what a Level 10 Meeting is? At all levels of your company? If you’re running your company on EOS®, your leadership team should know what a Level 10 Meeting™ is and your entire organization should be engaged in regular Level 10 Meetings every week.
However, in our experience, most companies fail at pushing the Level 10 Meeting Agenda down to the rest of the organization. Employees are still stuck in meetings that suck – and this is sucking the life out of your company.
Many companies don’t communicate their vision to employees, and this leaves the entire organization wondering, “Where are we going?” If your employees don’t know where you’re going, how can they help you get there?
In fact, many employees don’t even know what a company vision is. A company’s Vision, simply put, is a matter of defining:
- Who you are
- Where you are going
- How you will get there
In the movie The Martian, Mark Watney, finding himself stranded 140 million miles from earth (and 4 years from rescue), sums up his situation like this:
“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the hab breaches, I’ll just kind of implode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So, yeah. I’m &#$%[email protected]”
It wasn’t fun. Alex (my business partner) and I took our annual Clarity Trip™ in the Smoky Mountains, following the Appalachian Trail. We planned to do 76 miles over 6 days. We did it, but it rained for five of those days.
On our longest day of 16 miles, it rained 5 inches. So, slogging along in wet boots with water up to our calves on the trail, we debated stopping after about five miles. However, that would have added four or five miles to each day we had left; we would have had to quit early. We wouldn’t have reached our goal.
Pole Pole – pronounced Polay Polay – means slowly, slowly in Swahili. Our guide hiking up Kilimanjaro (and later assistant guide if you read my previous blog) kept saying this over and over. Admittedly, I’m not the most patient person in the world – so this Pole Pole thing kind of ticked me off.