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How It’s Lived

Ken Blanchard Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

One Tuesday morning Jim and I talked again about how articulating a compelling vision and coming up with a catchy rallying call were not enough.

This is where the rubber meets the road, Jim said. How is your vision lived on a daily basis? There is no doubt in my mind that once you identify your vision, you have to start living it immediately and behaving consistently with the intention of that vision.

Thats so true, I said. As soon as I realized I had been ignoring my childrens needs, I had to stop. I couldnt say, Ill start being a better mother next week. Its not easy, because sometimes it means making tough decisions. But I learned that the best thing for me, my children, my friends, and my coworkers was to live my values and to make choices based on them.

I wish I could do that with my weight issues, Jim said. Even though one of my values is health, I tend to have an Ill start next week attitude on that one. Then again, everyone gains a little weight when they get older.

What is your exercise program? I asked.

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NINE Replace Boundaries with Vision and Values

Ken Blanchard Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Now that your team has the information to drive results, your journey to becoming a successful Next Level Team needs to focus on shifting the boundaries of behavior so they come from within the team members. The intent is to incorporate boundaries into the belief systems of team members so they can exercise good judgment and make decisions that support and uphold the organization’s vision, mission, and values.

This is not to imply that direction and boundaries are not needed from the leadership. It is to suggest that the broad boundaries that guide team member behavior need to be moved as much as possible into the hearts and minds of the team members. Full Steam Ahead! Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Company and Your Life by Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner provides an excellent framework for organizing your vision, mission, and values.

The decisions that we make each day in our personal and professional lives are determined by those values and beliefs that we have acquired since birth, plus additional operating values that we have learned in our organizations. These values help us determine what we believe to be right or wrong, good or bad, and normal or not normal. These values are a key factor in any decision-making process. 102

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CHAPTER 11: Key #3: Let Teams Replace the Hierarchy

Ken Blanchard Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

As we are now in this final stage of the journey to empowerment, we want to make full use of the power of replacing the hierarchy with self-directed teams to achieve full empowerment. During the first two stages of the change process, the teams have gone through a period of Orientation where they were trying to determine what it would mean to be part of an empowered team. They have also gone through a period of Dissatisfaction where team members wondered if they would not be better off working as individuals in this new empowerment culture. Entering this final stage of changing to empowerment, the teams are coming to Integration, where they have resolved the issues that have held them back from becoming an empowered team. They are gelling as a team capable of extremely high levels of performance. Indeed, they are reaching the stage of Production, where they can take on many of the roles that management 236 performs in a traditional hierarchy. The questions that remain revolve around these final steps to self-directed status and concern refining and reinforcing what the teams are capable of doing. Let us explore some of the questions that are typical of this stage of the process and that relate to the teams.

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SIX Widen the Boundaries to Promote Greater Freedom for Action

Ken Blanchard Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

As the team moves forward and encounters frustration, it is easy for team members and leaders to lose sight of the vision of a Next Level Team and how it contributes to getting great results. They tend to see only the problems of taking on more responsibility and forget about the rewards of involvement and ownership. At this point, teams need to be reminded what Next Level Teams do and to be inspired by their benefits. This is the time to review the team’s goals. Organizational goals—even department goals—can be too broad for practical use by most teams and their members. Such broad goals must be converted into images more directly related to the team’s work.

Well-defined team goals help define boundaries and reenergize the team, especially if the goals are developed in a collaborative manner. With more information, team members can see the need for goals that yield important results, fix problems, create innovations, or move projects along. By being involved in a collaborative process of setting clear team goals, people begin to feel a real sense of freedom and responsibility that translates into a feeling of ownership for accomplishing tasks in an efficient manner.68

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Walking toward Wisdom

Ken Blanchard Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Debbie and Blake had agreed to meet in the coffee shop but Blake asked if they could meet later than usual. Debbie had no problem with that.

This time, Debbie arrived first. Blake came rushing in, still five minutes early, but feeling as if he were late.

Before he even said hello, Blake said, “Sorry, I’m late.” He was almost out of breath.

“Good evening, Blake,” Debbie said. “You’re not late.”

“I knew it was going to be close. I had a meeting this evening.”

“That’s a little unusual,” Debbie said. “Why’d you guys meet so late?”

“Oh, it wasn’t a meeting at work. I decided to look for a way to apply a few of your GROW concepts outside work.”

“Good for you! What’d you come up with?” Debbie asked with a smile.

“As you know,” he began, “I’ve been fairly busy. But I didn’t want to use that as an excuse. Instead, I started reviewing my notes, looking for a way to multitask.”

“You were looking for a way to multitask regarding your leadership development?”

“Yes, I wanted to Reach Out to Others in a way that fits with who I am and what I’m passionate about. Do you remember when we talked about my strengths and passions?”

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