In Part 1 of this article, we asked the audience if they are able answer one or all of the tough self improvement and leadership questions listed below, like the Theory of Accelerance (TOA) can.
- How do I behave and manage me in order to get more out of myself?
- How do I get more strategic and desired results from myself and other people?
- How does someone else get more strategic and desired results from themselves and others around them?
- How do I benefit by getting other people, whom I do not interact with, more strategic and desired results from themselves and also from the people they deal with?
- How do I double or triple performance in my life, my academia, my sport, my business, my hobby or any other relative areas, especially as it pertains to maximizing a rewarding and fulfilling life overall?
Last week we discussed what TOA is and this week we are exploring how you can implement TOA in your world. If you haven’t read the previous installment please do so here: Why GREAT leaders use Theory of Accelerance (TOA)
There are 10 steps to study & learn how to use TOA in practical life. These steps build the roadmap to implement TOA and answer those hard questions. You see, TOA provides a solution for everyone who learns how to apply it. To begin implementing, prepare your mind to be ready for change and be prepared to embrace it in order to improve.
10 Steps to implement TOA individually, for your team or for those your team depends on:
1. Set the Goal
Strive to achieve and set a goal. Goals should match the strategic intent of the person or group. It is true that leadership often dictates the goals of a group. Knowing what is desired enables us to make a plan to achieve it, either on our own or with others. Identify the ultimate goal and then dissect it into sequential parts like a road map. Milestones and measurements will be applied in later steps.
2. Begin Building The Tactical Plan
As the strategic goals formulate the tactical plan will begin to evolve. To be successful there must be a collaborative process for building the day-to-day operational plan that is executed by people on your team in order to get the desired results. Use the dissected parts of the set goal(s) to begin to envision how to make it happen using what you have now and think of what you may need to add.
3. Know The Stakeholders
Identifying the actual people around you who impact the results: those who can or will do the work or who impact the work. Determine who your Champions are and which people you have control to keep or get rid of. Take a deep inner look at yourself and those around you and do not be in denial about anything. Seek outside opinions and guidance to hold you accountable and keep an open mind with fresh perspectives.
4. Take Personal Inventory
Analyzing current capacity and processes; the way it is done now including the pluses and minuses. Use time and motion studies along with past performances, trends and competitive information to understand where quotas and benchmarks need be established. Drawing “lines in the sand” to show good results versus poor results promotes healthy learning and growth for people.
5. Strive To Find Accelerance Factors
Never stop looking for the competitive edge. Encourage the hunt and desire in yourself and others to improve and to achieve the goals. Drive innovation in stakeholders and reward those who participate. It is the people’s collection of small steps that combine to make a quantum leap in human progress and TOA recognizes this as a vital principle. Foster people to use their brain and anything can be achieved.
6. Communicate Truthfully
Establish reliable and honest communications in your self. Break denial in you and in those around you. Allow people the opportunity to give feedback and guidance each step of the way. Do not be scared to hear the painful truth and especially do not hold back from being brutally honest with yourself. Be harder on yourself than other people are on you. Set up a regimented schedule to communicate and stick to it.
7. Set Metrics And Milestones
Establishing benchmarks, best practices and metrics to justify progress must be set in stone as the driving force for the To-Be model being created. Knowing where performance is now and where it needs to be, not just for the overall big picture, but the small picture is vital as well. This means knowing exactly what the right activities are that lead to success. Human nature resists against being measured daily but success depends upon it.
8. Align Mission Vertical Tasks
Match your best skills and other people’s best skills to the mission critical tasks that everyone does best. The mission critical tasks of course must align with the ultimate goal set and the reward and recognition received too. Alleviate all the wasted and unproductive activities and retain the star performers who accelerate the important jobs and tasks (the activities) along the way to achieving the metrics and timelines set forth.
9. Vertical Reporting With Stakeholders
The fact is, people blame others for poor communication. Thus, reporting on a weekly basis is necessary to hold accountability in TOA. A set schedule of meetings with all stakeholders and or representatives from their groups must be held on a quarterly basis at a minimum. Custom “Flash Reports” must be built for all the stakeholders, especially you, which show progress on the metrics and timelines. Everyone must justify and maintain their position/role on the team.
10. Continuous Improvement Process (CIP)
TOA begins and continues (never ends) with CIP. The purpose is to maximize individual performance, especially when it impacts and is impacted by a team’s performance. The entire purpose of TOA is to create a system for people to constantly raise-the-bar. Ultimately, a system is created that will be constantly analyzing results, encouraging performance, administrating reward and recognition, alleviating poor performance and is malleable to evolve the metrics and processes as it grows.
These steps are guiding principles serving as the pillars of Theory of Accelerance. This Theory is proven to push people to greater heights and helps them achieve tremendous goals. TOA transforms people’s performance in many aspects of their lives so that they achieve their strategic and desired results. To date, thousands of people have been impacted by TOA. It is being studied and implemented by more and more businesses every day. The types of people, groups, teams and industries using TOA today span the spectrum as well as continental divides throughout Europe, South and North America. Asia and the Pacific Rim are just now encountering TOA. The Theory is now being lectured in Universities and being applied to more and more situations in people’s lives. It is doing what it is intended to do, which is simple “help people be greater together with less stress involved.”
You can contact me directly today to learn more about the Theory of Accelerance (TOA) process and how to be apart of future studies and programs so you too can implement this powerful solution where needed.