Growing a business is challenging and there’s no doubt about that. Sometimes, those challenges are internal and you can manage them more intimately. However, world economic challenges, such as pandemics or wars, are not elements that we have any say in. As these challenges may create conflict with your goals, they force you to put more time in your work rather than in other aspects of your personal life. What about your team? How are they feeling? Drained? Unaligned? Probably both.
When a team succeeds together, it creates momentum and drive to be able to tackle any challenges as well as an ability to pivot the company’s angle to reach success. But how does one ensure that the team is truly aligned and aware of the goals that are needed to achieve? How do you pivot? How do you create highly achievable goals that everyone buys into to ensure that by the end, you are able to kick back and enjoy the life that you’ve been dreaming of?
When we co-founded our first company in 1995, we were looking for the easiest and fastest way to grow our company with confidence and ease. We wanted “hockey stick” growth. Who doesn’t, really? It took our team 5 years and reading 500+ books to figure out that there was no “silver bullet” solution. But what we did learn was that there is a one Growth System that exists for all companies. And if you COMMIT to this system, it sure makes growing your company easier, with confidence, and a whole lot of fun!
At this moment, your company for sure has a Cash System and an Execution System. We did too. But this is where we got stuck. We got stuck as we wanted to grow our organization fast and easy – we wanted to know we were...
DO YOU HAVE 100% CONFIDENCE IN YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY?!
Well of course not!! But do you have enough confidence to stand up in front of a room of 100-1000 people at state your strategy – simply, clearly and with confidence? A 3HAG will give you this confidence for you and your team!! Our experience has been a 3HAG will more than triple the value of your company in 3 years.
This has been a more than a 20 year journey to find a repeatable framework that will 10x your confidence in your strategy. April 2019 marks the 1-year anniversary of the “3HAG WAY“ book release on Amazon, and what a year it has been!
A 3HAG is a 3 Year Highly Achievable Goal. It is where strategy and execution meet. It is the strategic execution system where confidence is drawn from your strategy for you and your team to make valuable execution decisions everyday.
3HAG came out of a pure need for our teams to be as sure as we...
Shannon Byrne Susko was recently featured in an article for The Growth Faculty on the topic of 3HAG. Christina Kininmonth explains what thought leader Jim Collin’s BHAG is and why it is essential to first establish a 3HAG to reach your BHAG.
Read the article here to learn more about Susko’s 3HAG Framework and the impact it has on your business.
This week I am on my way to Toronto, traveling with my husband and 3 teenagers, to attend Canada’s Top 100 Women on Thursday November 22, 2018. I am honored, humbled, and inspired to be amongst my fellow strong and powerful women that make up such an impressive group.
Just to be nominated as a Top 100 for 2018 is something I was extremely proud of, but once I received notice that I was being included I felt so happy to have the opportunity to join the alumni of 1004 women from past years. Happy and very overwhelmed!
I always think about what further impact can we make into growing and evolving people, and being recognized is a reminder of how important that mindset is to maintain! As a business leader, and a citizen of this amazing country, I know my actions in both business and life affect others and has an impact on them. It is up to me to ensure that impact is positive and beneficial.
I was nominated and selected in...
This week I was with a client, solely working on their strategy and then operationalizing it. For two full days, I worked with their leadership team on their External Map, to their SWIMLANES, and then back. It was an intense two days that concluded with my client walking out confidently with their 3HAG aligned to their BHAG. Their next steps are to create a company 1HAG and 90-day plan.
All of this hard work will be shared with my client’s company, both verbally in smaller meetings with their leaders and to the whole company in their scheduled Town Hall Meeting. My client will also be sharing their strategy and operationalizing plan visually through strategic pictures on their office walls and via Metronome Growth Systems.
Metronome Growth Systems (aka MGS or Metronome) has been a great tool for my clients as well as for me as a coach. My clients have been using Metronome for almost 2...
Last week, I attended, with my clients, the ScaleUp 2018 Summit in Denver Colorado and wow – what a great lineup of speakers! Each speaker provided a unique take on a shared theme and provided useful tools and stories to apply to our own businesses and lives. But personally, a highlight of the Summit for me was seeing that so many of my clients – full leadership teams – attended as well.
From attending too many educational conferences to count, I can honestly say that when you allow yourself to give full attention and go in with an open mind, any speaker can leave you with a piece of knowledge or tool that can help you grow. This is why I strongly encourage our clients and their teams to attend, and set them up for success when they do.
From the past two ScaleUp Summits, we have found that the most impactful way that we set clients up for success in team learning and growth is with our additional half-day post-summit. With our...
At the foundation of every high-performing team is Team Trust. Not one-on-one trust (well, you need that too), but TEAM trust. This is where team members are comfortable and feel safe to say what they are thinking no matter what situation they are facing and regardless of who is in the room. We all know the feeling of discomfort of being on a team without Team Trust. You are in a conversation or meeting and feel the overwhelming need to speak up and share information, but the fear of vulnerability and judgement bites your tongue. You do not feel the support of a trusting team to provide a safe environment for you to present your opinion and feedback. The catch 22 is that in these situations, you also know how imperative it is that you do speak up. It’s gut-wrenching!
In order to progress forward towards any goal, we need to state the BRUTAL FACTS, from the start! [Read my last blog for more on what the BRUTAL FACTS...
Growing a company is much like becoming a champion sports team. You need a high performing team and a plan for the long term, the near term, and the now. The team follows a disciplined process to practice and play together to reach their goals. Winning teams have all these elements, plus they ensure that when they meet to practice and play, they face the brutal facts of their state and situation. Staying real and facing the truth ensures they to stay focused on the now and stay aligned to their future, allowing them to feel confident that they are making the necessary adjustments to reach their goals. Seems pretty obvious.
In business, we require all of the same elements to successfully grow a company. In high growth companies, no different than winning teams, they must keep a disciplined cadence of when they “practice and play” – its with their meetings! In their meetings, they need to be clear and stay focused on the long(10+ year),...
I loved learning about the 10,000 hour rule when Malcom Galdwell brought it forward in his book “Outliers”. The 10,000 hour rule was derived from the work of Psychologist K Anders Ericsson, who studied the way people become experts in their fields. However, since its release, many studies have focused on disproving Gladwells 10,000 hour “rule”. Additional studies support a theory that the correlation between hours spent practising and the achievement of mastery are extremely industry/situation dependant. But regardless of the arguments for and against Gladwell’s theory, who really has 10,000 hours to dedicate solely to ONE thing anyway?!
As a CEO growing a business and as a CEO Coach, I see first-hand that no one in a leadership role (or any role really) has 10,000 hours to spend mastering just one element needed to grow our companies. We are trying to be “masterful” at the entire system it takes to grow a...