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You can’t grow your company without growing your people. The 3 Key Systems that High Growth Companies need to WIN

Shannon SuskoApr 06, 2018

 

When I was building my first company, the words of Jim Collins, “right people, in the right seats, doing the right things” were imprinted in my brain. I was reminded daily, in everything I was reading and being told, that in order to grow my business I had to have these three human-pieces in place.  “Find the RIGHT people,  ensure they are in the RIGHT role, and are doing the RIGHT tasks” - MUCH easier said than done!

 

After learning the hard way with many “people” problems, my leadership team and I agreed that we needed to find a way to bring Collin’s mastery advice to life within our company. This was a really challenging task - not just for our business, but for every company in every industry – making it clear that until we had our “people” systems functioning optimally, our company would not grow as fast as we wanted.

We had to think differently at how we would solve this! Lots of long meetings and brain-busting later, we decided to break “people” into 3 systems.   This ensured we got the results of right people, right seat,  doing the right thing, bringing it all together in a high performing team.

 

THE SYSTEMS

 

Cultural System

The first system –the Cultural System – was founded upon the leader/CEO to ensure that the organizational Core Purpose, Core Values and 10-30 year goal was clear, known, understood and believed.  Everything we did behaviourally in our organization had to align with our Cultural System.  In order to ensure this was true, I committed to the following actions as CEO:

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What I was committing to was clarity of the Cultural System as well as the whole plan for the company -from the BHAG, to 3HAG, 1HAG and 90 day plan.  My commitment also lived within implementing the 2nd System – The Cohesive System

 

Cohesive System

This system was founded upon Pat Lencioni’s  Overcoming the 5 Dysfunctions framework, which outlines the root causes of politics and dysfunction on the teams where you work and the keys to overcoming them. Our team needed a high level of discipline in order to nail down this Cohesiveness, and after time, we did! How?...

By integrating Lencioni’s framework into every single meeting we held, [just like the Cultural System]!  We bought the Field Guide and started implementing it into our leadership team meetings and the rest of the company meetings.  Soon, it was a habit. We were improving our Cohesive System and growing a high performing team in every meeting we had like it was second nature.

 

Human System

The final system our team established was our Human System; a repeatable method in our organization to attract, hire, coach, keep and grow A players.  This system was founded upon Brad Smart’s Topgrading methodology; a hiring practice that delivers honesty, revealing interviews, and solid candidate verification.

We evolved Smart’s methodology into a system that not only ensured we hired A Players but guaranteed there was also a cultural fit.  We developed an ecosystem where A Players could grow into who they wanted to be!  The more A players we had on our team, the more A player that wanted to join our team.

 

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These three systems are the foundations every company needs to grow and win.  As you know I have been talking a lot about the 3HAG as my new book “3HAG WAY”,  gets released on April 11th! Funny thing is, is that you can develop the best strategy ever but if you do not have a high performing team that can drive your Strategy Execution System, it will all be for nothing.   Take the time to assess your whole team, the individuals on your team, and your three systems - Cultural System, Cohesive System, and Human System.  Focus on growing your people and you and your team will create a highly achievable 3HAG! 

 

 

To help you, grab a copy of my new book, 3HAG WAY. It will help guide you on this journey to Scalability and Growth!

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-Shannon Byrne Susko

 

 

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12 Steps to Achieve Predictable Profit Through Disruption

Shannon SuskoMar 16, 2018

 

 Last week, I was the Keynote Speaker the Saint Mary’s University 43rd Annual Business School Dinner.  What a great honour this was!  The organizers of the event asked if I would speak about disruption in a marketplace and my experience disrupting marketplaces.  I saw this as a perfect way to help educate others through my personal trials and tribulations, so I jumped at the opportunity!


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My experience of disrupting markets first started with being an innovator.  We were solving problems in markets with innovative solutions but not immediately disrupting these markets.  It was simple to us: we solved problems!  What I soon learned, was that we were actually doing a lot more than problem solving and innovating: we were disrupting!   

 

When you disrupt you take an innovative solution and marry it with some other key differentiating activities, to position the product and company in a very relevant place. A place that disrupts the incumbents. The incumbents will first DENY that your offering will affect their position. At this point they are either trying to convince themselves of this OR deep down they know that it will, but they do not want consumers to know this!

 Soon they will VALIDATE the disruptive offering. It is then that they realize there is something very real about the offering and know consumers will see this if they do not damage control.  They will ‘compete’; meaning they will try to add some features and functions to stay relevant in the market and not be left behind.  Once they realize they cannot COMPETE they will RETREAT, trying to hang on for as long as they can while frantically trying to find a way to survive in the market. A perfect example: Blockbuster and Netflix.

 

What I learned with my team in my first company was that you must consistently ensure that you are relevant in YOUR position in the market.  For us, that meant never stop checking and analyzing our strategic position and where we were headed.  This created a framework for us to drive innovation.  However, we did understand that it was not all about innovation – it was also about deciding what key differentiating activities that we decided upon to put us in a valuable and disruptive position.  The more we stayed in-tune with remaining relevant through analyzing the current market place and agreeing on the future of it, the more we were able to continuously predict the disruption we were causing in the market we were playing in.  This predictive disruption drove our 3HAG (3 Yeah Highly Achievable Goal) and resulted in predictable profit.  And who doesn't what predictable profit, right!? 

 

Here are the steps we took to be a predictable disruption on our market place:

  1. Gut out your 3HAG! Need some help? Join the 3HAG Webinar Series
  2. Draw your company’s Key Process Flow Map
  3. Draw your company’s Market Map. (link to YouTube)
  4. Describe your Core Customer using Robert Bloom’s Inside Advantage
  5. Draw your Attribution Map
  6. Create your 3-5 Differentiating Activities – by using Michael Porter’s Activity Fit Map
  7. Create a One Phrase Strategy Make it memorable!
  8. Create Activity Fit Map Level II – this version includes a little more detail
  9. Build your 12 Quarter Swimlanes – this is where you map out the key milestones your teams need to meet over the next 12 quarters in order to achieve your 3-5 differentiating activities.
  10. As a leadership team create a 36-month rolling forecast. These forecasts will reflect the milestones and assumptions you have on your gutted out 3HAG and differentiating activities. This is where you predict profit and cash first!
  11. Create a brand promise with a guarantee that will absolutely differentiate you in the market place and ensures your Core Customer will buy at a profit.
  12. Confirm your 3HAG go back to step 2. In every one of these discussions, the leadership should be aware of protecting their secret sauce (10X advantage) and looking for the next big thing in the market that only they can solve that will evolve into their next recipe for their secret sauce.

*Do the last 3 steps feel challenging? The ShannonSusko.com team can help. Join our 3HAG webinar to get more clarity on these steps and master your 3HAG system.

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This never ending process gives permission to your leadership team to never stop talking about the strategic execution system and ensures your company remains relevant today and in the future.  In our experience, this process is what created the immense value in both exits of my companies that I founded and lead.   It takes the whole company to disrupt a market ONE TIME, but in order to do it over and over the disruptive habits need to be ingrained in the whole team. 

 

Now go work on this with your teams! Good luck?  Who needs luck when you know the 3HAG WAY to predictable disruption! Is this blog leaving you wanting more 3HAG tips? Then pre-order my second book coming out next month, "3HAG WAY: the strategic execution system that ensures your strategy is not a wild ass guess"


 

-Shannon Byrne Susko

 

 

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Is setting "wild ass" stretch goals motivating your team or impeding them from hitting their marks? Can dreaming BIG get too BIG? 5 Steps to making those dreams achievable

Shannon SuskoFeb 02, 2018

 

I work with many leadership teams, supporting and coaching the team to be clear and succinct on their company goals. In business, these goals can be classified as long term goals (10-30 years), near term goals (3HAG – The 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal) and short term goals (1 year and 90 days). When setting metrics around these goals, the biggest question and discussion we have is “should these goals be stretch or achievable?”  


I find this question (sometimes dilemma) interesting.  Before a plan is put into action, everyone is dreaming big and wants stretch goals. But once the plan is in play, they want very achievable goals.  Teams find themselves so far off their stretch goals that they becomes unmotivated and are requently replanning. This is a reactive behaviour and when you are in this state, it feels awful!

 

Where does this mindset come from?  We don’t want to set goals that we know we can easily achieve but we do want to set goals that will challenge us. We want our cake, and want to eat it too! This causes most teams to take the easy way out.  They set stretch goals, but then do not take the time to map out to see how they could actually achieve them.  Look, I am guilty of this too – we have all been guilty of this!   At the end of the day, our goals and plans are all about the “how” and having the discipline to make the time to map it out with your team – end to end – to ensure its achievable.

 

After countless hours of going through my own companies goals and my clients, I have picked up some helpful tips. Below are 5 steps to ensure your goals are achievable:

 

  1. Meet with your leadership to collaborate on what the team wants to achieve.  Its important that the team decides not the CEO.
  2. Once the goals are what I call “gutted out” – then create a plan for the leadership team to map out each step on how the goals will be achieved. The more detailed the better.
  3. Once the mapping is complete – reconvene as a leadership team to discuss if the goals are achievable based on how the team mapped out planning including all the assumptions.
  4. If the team does not agree with the approach or assumptions – have a bigger discussion around the assumptions and the end goals and look at adjusting one or the other.
  5. Once the goals are agreed upon and there is a clear road map on how to achieve – these goals become ACHIEVABLE not a wild ass Stretch goal.

 

I used this approach with the companies I lead. Mind you, I had to find my way there the hard way – after making so many unattained stretch goals in the early years of my first company I had to find a different system.  Now I ONLY use the above approach with my clients and am a big fan of setting only ACHIEVABLE goals. My second book is based on the 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal (3HAG) Framework I developed. Being released this spring, it will guide you step by step through the Strategic Execution System required to achieve all your goals. Please message my team for your early release copy!

 

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-Shannon Susko

 

 

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If you registered for a marathon, you would train for it. So why are you setting 10-30year goals and not training to reach them?

Shannon SuskoJan 26, 2018

As an athlete, I have had a lot of experience in physical training and growth. In order to be successful in any game or race, disciplined training is essential. Whether you are an Olympic runner, or a casual jogger, you are only going to get better and improve if you train. A big element of any training is creating the schedule or map with daily/weekly/monthly targets and goals. In business, this is what we call forecasting. We forecast goals as a way to track our companies progress. Makes sense, right?


What if you registered for a marathon, but only tracked the amount of days you ran, and not the distance or time? You would most likely not complete your marathon and end up injured and disappointed. Relating back to business, what if you made this same mistake by creating forecasting goals that didn't align with your big end goal? 

 

As a CEO and leadership team coach, I see this all the time! I start working with companies that have a BHAG* and daily execution plans, but the two are not connected. This disconnect is usually a result of low confidence in predicting for their company. It's scary to forecast months and months ahead because it holds you, as a CEO and leadership team, that much more accountable for the result! Your ego takes less of a hit if you don't complete a marathon that you NEVER trained for, versus the idea of not completing one that you strategically trained for. Interestingly enough, we will spend more time training for a marathon than training for the most important “Business Olympic” event of our lives.

 

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But what if I told you there is a solution - that my teams and I found a strategic execution system that builds confidence and allows you to efficiently reach your 10-30 year goal? Well, we have! It's your 3HAG! Your 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal!

 

3HAG is the disciplined process of creating your strategy and forecasting it specifically to a 12-quarter milestone base and fiscal forecast that aligns and supports your BHAG*. This 36-month (12-quarter) forecasting is constantly rolling as months are passing. A key word to note here is "rolling". Your 3HAG is evolving as months pass by to ensure you are still moving forward and confidently achieving your goals.

 

Just like training for a marathon, 3HAG is not easy. It takes hard work and commitment. But if you want to ACTUALLY reach your 1HAG, 3HAG and 10-30 year goals, you need to COMMIT to the disciplined hard work and training. That's what being a CEO and a good leader is all about!

 

I have enjoyed the success of achieving 10-30 year goals and 3HAGs as a CEO. I have also helped a lot of teams develop and reach their BHAG*s, and 3HAGs as a CEO/leadership coach and I want to help a lot more!  The 3HAG provides you with the FOCUS, FUN and FREEDOM you are dreaming about. That is why we are hosting an 11-part webinar series all about 3HAG. I will personally help you each step of the way in finding your 3HAG and will put you on the confident path to achieving it.  Think of it as a coached running club. We are here to support you and encourage your success with 3HAG.

 

 

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So are you ready to start training with me for long term success? Of course you are! Lets do this together. Our first session begins on Feb 6th 2018 at 9am PST.  This webinar is a supportive way to identify, roll out, and grow your 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal. You will be guided by me, Shannon Susko, every step of the way and be included in a network of fellow 3HAG'ers to share and develop with. As a special offer, we will be giving you the first session FREE if you register before Feb 1st! So dont wait too late!

 

REGISTER NOW!

 

-Shannon Susko

 

 

*Jim Collins' BHAG http://www.jimcollins.com/article_topics/articles/BHAG.html

 

 

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3 Lessons I Have Learnt as a Female Founder

Shannon SuskoJan 19, 2018

It wasn’t until the success of my the first company, where I was a co-founder and CEO, did I realize that people regarded female founders and CEOs as different.  When I co-founded my second business I realized this was very special and naturally, leveraged it!  Now having founded my third tech company I can identify these three most important lessons I have learnt that have lead all three companies to success, regardless of what other people think.

FOCUS

Staying focused on the BHAG, 3HAG and 1HAG is key. Know where you are going! Make sure you know with clarity what your core values and core purpose are, know and believe in your 10-30 year goal, your 3 year Highly Achievable Goal, know where you want to be in 1 year and know where you need to be in 90 days.  I always had a 10-30 year goal for my companies, 1 year goal for my companies, a 90 day plan BUT what really brought this all together was being absolutely laser focused on the 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal that bridge the long term with the short term and aligned it with strategic execution.

 

Belief

Believing in yourself.  With this absolute passion of the goals above – what came next was believing in myself.  Knowing where I was going – with clarity gave me confidence to execute.

 

Team

Having clarity of the path forward – believing and knowing that I was the leader who could get there allowed me to attract an A Player Global Team, 3 times over.  And at the end of the day it is lining up a team that has the same core values and beliefs as I did, with clarity of the plan wanted to achieve the same things I did. 

 

At the end of the day,  I believed in myself, I was passionate and focused about what I was doing,  and thankfully I was able to find a whole-team of like-minded people who wanted to achieve the same goals.  Looking back, it was the inherent support of my family, friends, teachers, and coaches and their belief in me too.  This is the recipe for success and we realized it in my first two companies with to successful exits. The first one was good, the second one we hit it out of the park and the 3rd one is still in play!  Stay tuned.


-Shannon Susko

 

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As a CEO, why are you still leading sales? 6 Steps to find an accountable sales leader and be a full time CEO

Shannon SuskoJan 12, 2018

As a CEO/Leadership team coach, I work with many companies that have gross sales both above and below $10 Million. I call out the value of $10M here, as I often see a common issue with those falling below this value. In my experience, the majority of companies with a topline under $10M have a CEO that is also leading sales! I know that this is a common practice of a new and growing company due to small start-up teams and rapid growth, but why is it still so common in established companies that fall under the $10M mark? Are you a CEO in an established company that is guilty of this? If you are, it's likely the key reason you can't break a $10M topline. But whats your excuse and how can you correct it?

 

Excuses, excuses! I have heard and said them all myself. The biggest one, "HIRING A SALES LEAD IS HARD!".  When a CEO is ready to make this leap to hire a sales leader, they are often in a state of desperation. This desperate state leads to rushed hiring;  filing the sales lead position with the first person that “sells” them self in an interview, or by "promoting" the top performing sales person currently on the team. And once you have made these hiring mistakes once, the fear of "another bad hire" is sometimes enough to not hire at all. I made all these mistake as CEO in my first company.  Very costly to both the bottom line and your momentum to grow. 

 

After two times of being “unlucky” in choosing the wrong sales leader, I took a step back. I needed to make some changes to my process, and FAST! It was then that I took the following steps:

  1. Mapped out the marketing using a tool called - THE MAP - to draw how your company goes to market. Yes – create a picture for your wall!
  2. Drew our Key Process Flow Map (KPFM) to show what the key "money making" functions of our company were. (This might seem obvious but do not skip this step.    Put this on the wall next to your MAP.
  3. Draw the 3-5 key processes for the Sales Function in a Process Flow Map and put it on the wall.

 

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Now that you can clearly see how you go to market, how sales interacts with the other key processes in your company to make money, and have an excellent understanding on how the sales process flow works, you can have a strategic discussion with your leadership team. This discussion will allow you and your team to decide what should be improved or evolved in the KPFM and the Sales Process Flow for maximum success.  Start implementing these adjustments! While this is taking place, you can take on the follow next steps: 

 

  1. Create a Scorecard – for the Sales Leader Position. Check out shannonsusko.com for a Scorecard example – which is a simple and clear way to articulate what a position in your company is accountable for and it will be measured.  A Players are attracted to this clarity.
  2. Now you are ready to share with you network and the market - who you are looking for to be accountable for converting your opportunities to Revenue.
  3. Once you start attracting and identifying candidates, I recommend using the “Topgrading for Sales” written by Bradford D. Smart Ph.D. and Greg Alexander as an approach to ensuring the candidate is an A Player Sales Leader.

This process will provide you with the clarity needed to not only identify the sales leader that will be most valuable to your organization, but it will also improve the your understanding and the whole leaderships team understanding of how the company makes money and who is accountable. 

 

#CommittoGrowth Try this out and give us your feedback! To get more CEO tips and tricks visit ShannonSusko.com

 

-Shannon Susko

 

 

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The key difference between dreamers and doers: the courage to predict

Shannon SuskoDec 27, 2017

Predicting. We all know this word and what it means, and is something we are doing everyday without ever really knowing it. Whether its telling someone what time you will arrive to pick them up, how your lunch might taste and make you feel, how many cups of coffee you will drink, what time you will actually get to sleep. These are little predictions we make to ourselves everyday.

 

In business, it seems no one ever wants to predict!  Most CEOs and leaders are comfortable setting a goal 10+ years away.  Why does no one want to predict where they will be in 3 years? Why is  the 3 year goal the least confident goal of all?  Some leadership teams will even set a goal 5 years away as a way to avoid setting a 3 year goal. But what is the real reason why?  The fear of being wrong!   When we predict something we have a chance of being wrong.  No one wants to be wrong – who does?  In order to be clear on where we want to be in 3 years time – we need to set a highly achievable goal for our company.   

 

As CEO coach, I see CEOs and leaders who don’t want to be wrong.   When I was a CEO of my first company – that last thing I wanted was to be wrong – especially with the amount of venture capital we raised. We have a fear of failure and letting investors down and when we “predict” there is a chance that we are wrong. There is a chance we could fail. We need to get over that fear of being wrong because that is what makes us better at predicting.  The more we predict the better we get at predicting.

 

The 3HAG  - 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal – is what I used with my companies and now use with all my clients to help this scary “predicting” monster. 3HAG connects execution and strategy in the Growth Framework . 3HAG is a strategic execution system.  It actually aligns strategy and execution to increase your probability of your 3HAG prediction.  We want you and your leadership team to be confident in where are driving the company.  

 

If you have a 10+ year goal – you know what direction you are heading.   If you have a 3HAG you know specifically where you need to drive as a stepping stone to get to your 10+ year goal(Your BHAG – as Jim Collins coined it._   Its know different that if you loaded your whole company on a bus  - the first question someone would ask is where are we going – BHAG – how long will it take?   And what route will we take to get there – 3HAG.  And where will our first stop be – 1HAG – 1 Year Highly Achievable Goal. Other questions will be:  Do we have enough gas or cash to fuel our journey.  (And when can we stop to go to the bathroom.) Your team wants to know the same thing about the journey your company is on. 

 

You need to keep them updated on progress, direction, metrics.  This is an ongoing story.  Once you set a BHAG, 3HAG and 1HAG – you are on a journey with your team – that a regular dialogue is vital.   

 

As a coach, if I can get that stepping stone in place (the 3HAG) with my clients – I know there will be clarity of where, what and how we will get there and this will increase the probability significantly of any team reaching their 3HAG and BHAG.   And this will create the FOCUS, FUN and FREEDOM all people, teams and leaders are looking for.  What is your 3HAG? Need some helping gutting it out and starting this journey to predictable sucess? Register for our ShannonSusko.com 3HAG workshops! This 2-part workshop, taking place in March and April, will leave you with confidence in rolling out your 3HAG with your team. Register today!

 

 


 

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4 reasons why coaches on the Metronome Growth Systems (MGS) platform are seeing success in their business

Shannon SuskoNov 14, 2017

 

 

As a business coach (or any coach), having and using the right tools is essential for achieving wins. The most successful and effective coaches come to every client meeting prepared with stacks of Post-It notes, a handful of sharpies, and their laptop logged into Metronome Growth Systems. This online cloud based system is elevating the business coaching world by bringing reliable tech to the industry, filling a need that has been left neglected for far too long.  Coaches on the MGS platform have found that by incorporating this software into their Business Models, they are increasing the value and confidence of their services exponentially and their clients growth. We have asked our coach members to share their feedback on how to best work MGS into your coaching practice.

 

INCREASE VISIBILITY

Metronome Growth Systems Coach Dashboard allows coaches to understand how all of their client business’s are performing at a glance. It shows how each company is tracking towards BHAG, 3HAG, 12 month and quarterly priorities. It lets you quickly get up to speed on the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Its a fast and simple way to check in on your client and add value in-between your client focused meetings. (below is an example of a company on your dashboard)

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SAVE TIME

Access to concise and timely information makes you a more efficient coach and helps you manage more clients.  Time is your most valuable asset as a coach and with MGS, you can have more of it available for what matters most to you, whether that is managing another client, reading and learning or personal time! Your clients will also save time too by having all company information on a single cloud based tool, utilizing features like meeting templates, One Page Plans, and more. (below is an example of a daily huddle meeting template)

 

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MAKE MGS FIT YOUR COACHING STYLE

Metronome Growth Systems helps you do things your way. The platform is flexible to fit your coaching style, provides an  adaptable coaching plan for each client, flexible meeting rhythms and agendas and more to ensure you can coach the way you want to and add the most value to your clients! (below is an example of a customized One Page Plan)

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ADDED VALUE

By incorporating MGS into my Business Model, I am adding incredible value to my services as a coach. By including it in my offering – every client gets that added value of the platform and I get the added value as a coach.  When clients work with me, they know they are getting the most unique technology positioned to support their growth plans.

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Metronome Growth Systems has been a game-changer for myself and many other coaches that are wanting to ensure they have the tools to add the most value to their clients. Check out the Metronome Growth Systems platform here and book your demo today!

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"HAVE YOU FOUND THE ”GOOSE that LAYS the GOLDEN EGGS”?:  It's THE 3HAG - THE 3-YEAR HIGHLY ACHIEVABLE GOAL

Shannon SuskoNov 01, 2017

When it comes to strategy most are looking for the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs!! All the time!!  Well the 3HAG is my goose that lays Golden Eggs every time for my own companies as well as my client’s companies.  A 3HAG is the strategic execution system that drives confidence in predicting the future growth of your company and then making it happen. 

 As many of you have heard, 3HAG is a concept that is gaining a lot of exposure these days!  Those who have welcomed this method and used it in their  strategic planning and execution process have seen incredible success in their companies.  They found their Golden Goose.   

 

 CEO's know that you need more than a 10-30 Year goal (BHAG). You also need a “golden stepping stone” that will align your companies path  in driving to the BHAG. This is where the 3HAG comes in.  From my own personal experience, creating a 3HAG and using it has been a game-changer in increasing confidence and establishing a company’s unique and valuable position so they are not competing to be the best but competing to be unique on their own dimension in the market. Where their core customer buys for a profit – often.   Recently I had the opportunity to speak about 3HAG with Bill Gallagher on his podcast, Scaling Up Business. I encourage you to listen here, and read on for more insight on why 3HAG is ESSENTIAL for your company's strategic success!  

When working with so many CEOs, leaders and entrepreneurs – I ask if they have predicted where they will be specifically in 3 years for their company.  99% say “NO!”  I ask “Why?”  The Answer – they do not want to be wrong. Its hard to be accurate.  No one wants to be wrong!!  No kidding.  But if you don’t write something down with your team its really hard to know where your going. No one gets in on a bus today with their team and know where the destination is and where the stops along the way are.   If in 10 years you have a goal(BHAG)  you need to know what the golden stepping stone is in 3 years you need to achieve in order to get to the 10 years goal.  This makes your BHAG real and most important to the team – real believable.   

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If we were going to achieve our BHAG and provide this solution for our partners, we had to get very, VERY clear on our strategy to achieve this goal. In order to do this, we needed to take this complex strategy and simplify it by establishing our 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal (3HAG).  We achieved this clarity through the process outlined below with our leadership team:  

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Step 1: Gut it Out - Define what your 3-Year HighlyAchievable Goal is.

Step 2: Key Process Flow Map – Internal Operational Analysis. For a video explaining this analysis, watch here

Step 3: The Map  - External Market Analysis (Download The Map, featured in Chapter 2 of The Metronome Effect, here)

Step 4: Core Customer – know your customer right down to the person. WHO is going to buy from you at a profit?

Step 5: Attribution Framework Find your “white space” with the help from this video

Step 6: Activity Fit Map- Level 1  - Map out your Differentiating Activities (below is an example of Southwest Airline's Activity Fit map)

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Step 7: One Phrase Strategy  - Put your business's strategy into one single Phrase

Step 8: Activity Fit Map – Level  2 - Map out your supporting Differentiating Activities (below is an example of Southwest Airline's Activity Fit map)

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Step 9: DIVE into 12 Quarter Swim Lanes – plan out your march for 12 quarters to execute your differentiating activities to your unique and valuable position. 

Step 10: Work out your 36 Month-Over-Month P&L – start at a high level and build a 36 month “widget” based forecast and then each quarter get more and more detailed at the company grows. This is a really challenging step but like anything rewarding, this is worth it!

Step 11/1: Confirm your 3HAG  

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As a coach of CEOs of high growth companies and as a CEO myself, I have learned that all CEOs have a strategy. The question is, can each every one of those CEOS take their complex strategy and articulate it clear and simply?   The 3HAG is a strategic growth framework  that takes a complex strategy of any company and makes it clear and simple. Ask yourself – whether you are CEO or not - can you say your company’s strategy in one sentence or one phrase – one word? Do you have confidence in your company’s strategy to stand up with your peers and clearly state your strategy? You will if you get clear on your 3HAG – its easy to start and  then never stop the  process of a consistent discussions with all your leaders and team members.  

 

Thank you to everyone who attended the Fall 2017 Scale Up Coaches Summit and attended my breakout session on 3HAG. For my future  events  and  3HAG workshops, please go to  ShannonSusko.com 

 

 

 

In: Business, habits, CEO, Coaching, growth, success, leadership, 3HAG

LET’S HUDDLE: 8 facts about daily team meetings and WHY "THE HUDDLE" WORKS!

Shannon SuskoOct 03, 2017

Over 15 years ago – I was deep in chaos with a fast growing team and company.  Every day was like a week, every week like a month, and every month like a year.  Time was flying and we had to make decision fast to keep up with the speed of growth and the market.  We were struggling – working way too many hours and the pile of things to get done and decisions to be made continued to get longer.  It was the unending uphill battle.

I was at a conference that Verne Harnish was MC’ing and he kept talking about “The Huddle”.  I finally went up at a break and asked “What is The Huddle?”  Verne answered – “Easy! It's a 15 minute (or less) daily meeting with your team that follows a standing agenda of 'Good News, Metrics, Top priority for the day, Where are you stuck'”. This is a concept that seems so simple, yet when used with consistency is GAME CHANGING! But, why does this daily "HUDDLE" work...

Team Mentality  – The idea of the "Huddle" comes from a team, planning a "play, and executing it on the field to win the game.  The Huddle is a quick meeting before the play to make sure the players are all aligned in order to execute their goal.  This is no different than in business with your team – every day, a quick meeting within the first half of the day will remind everyone that they are working as a team and are all accountable for the outcome.  Every day!

Time Saving  –  Did “We do not have time to meet every day!” pop into your head as soon as I mentioned this meeting was EVERY DAY! I love this reaction when working with leadership teams.    Funnily enough – the teams that do huddle every day spend less time in meetings overall and answering emails.  This is a real result of a team that huddles every day.

Consistency – The agenda for the huddle is always the same. The category items addressed by each team member never change but what is talked about (content) is always diffferent and forward moving. A standing agenda of "Good News, Metrics, Top Priority, and Stuck Points" ensures all attendees are prepared for the meeting.  The meeting can be run by any attendee in a snappy round robin fashion. 

Daily Positivity  – this is all about keeping the team cohesive, recognizing other team members that are oozing the core values, and starting the meeting out on a positive note.  So easy.

MetricsMetrics are the quantitative measurement of a team members work. These metrics relate directly to the team members priorities layed out on their personal GROWTH FRAMEWORK. Announcing your metric every day shows how work is progressing and can allow the team captain to see where things are progressing fast or slowing down. To learn more about Verne Harnish's One Page Plan, check out my AceTech BC workshop on Oct. 5th in Vanouver!

Acknowledging a Top Priority – this is the one thing you have to get done in the next 24 hours to ensure that you monthly and quarterly priorities are accomplished. This is also a way for the rest of the team to understand what your focus is.  Other team members might need your support for their priorities and this is a way to organize resources.  As well – behaviourally what you say you’re going to get done is normally what you will get done.

Addressing Stuck Points – it’s okay to be stuck. And even better to tell your peer group you are stuck.  This allows the team to work together to support each team member with their stuck and ensure the best people are working on the problem to move forward to achieve the goal quickly.  Everyone gets stuck!!

Routine Shows Results – meeting with your team everyday becomes a habit. One that is hard to break.  When we started huddling with our team we committed to keep it going for 30 business days straight and them adjust from there BUT never stop.  And that we did – we never stopped huddling.

In my experience, leaders and team members, meeting with your whole team every day at a set time for 15 minutes or less will allow the team to become a strong peer accountable team that is focused on the “WIN”.  Looking back it’s so obvious why a team playing a game huddles often but in business this was not a normal practice.  Make The Huddle a habit and reap the benefits outline above. Once you start you will never stop.  Commit to 30 days of huddles today!!

In: Business, habits, CEO, Coaching, growth, success, leadership

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