Close your eyes and think through one of the stickiest challenges your organization continues to work through – a challenge that despite the brainpower, energy, and resources put into it, continues to falter. Now, think about your hopes for breaking through this organizational conundrum – what would you like to accomplish? What if all the barriers were removed? What if failure was not an option? How much could you achieve? (Focus on a tangible indicator here – financial gain, reduction in cost, acceleration in product launch cycle, improvement in reading scores – essentially, a number or a percentage relative to a baseline metric to initiate your thinking). Now, push your thinking, how far can you stretch that number? How much can you enhance the impact?
Welcome to Schaffer territory. It might feel a little fuzzy and uncomfortable at first. This is normal. But over the next 100 days, take solace in the fact that this approach works – just give it time, buckle up, and brace yourself for an extremely powerful ride. To continue down this path, follow the steps outlined below.
- Review and regularly reference the Resources for the 100-Day Challenge to learn about the Rapid Results approach and to shape your thinking throughout this challenge.
- Refine the challenge you would like to work on: What area will you focus on? What progress do you want to make? What would success look like? What might a 100-day Rapid Results goal related to this challenge look like? Who might be assigned to work on this? (Keep this to 8-10 people.)
- Send an email to: 100DayChallenge@schafferresults.com – or call +1-203-322-1604 – to get advice on how to do this. We will assign a mentor to work with you.
- Talk with your colleagues about who needs to participate in this effort. Convene a team to set a 100-day goal – and develop a 100-day plan to achieve it. Remember that the goal needs to be about results that matter – measured in terms of savings or revenues with margins, rather than a report, analysis, or recommendation. The choreography of setting the goal is critical. This cannot be a “business as usual” goal. It has to exceed all expectations – yours included! Your Schaffer mentor can help you with this choreography.
- After the launch, talk with your Schaffer mentor about how to help the team persist in spite of the difficulties they will inevitably encounter.
- Share your goal, experience, and results (in the comments section below) with Schaffer consultants and other colleagues to push your thinking, get more information, and collaborate along the way.
- Check back often for ideas and to discuss your results and learnings – and be sure to share your outcomes with us. We will highlight some results in future editions of our newsletter, Schaffer Insights.
It is simple. But it is not easy. And if done right, we promise that the journey will be rewarding for you, your team, and your organization.