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The Melting Pot Newsletter | #55

5 WAYS TO GET STAFF ON BOARD WITH YOUR QUARTERLY THEME (ROCKEFELLER HABIT #2)

Be honest. Is your business stuck in an endless cycle of unfinished projects?  Is energy being wasted by people going off in multiple directions with no clear focus?  Feeling like you’re getting nowhere? You’re not alone. Most of the clients I work with are in the same position.  They feel a bit like Sisyphus, forever rolling his boulder up that hill in Hades. They’re putting in loads of effort but not moving any further forwards. 

This is exhausting and depressing.  If it’s happening in your company, it’s likely your staff are cynical and disengaged too.  Often, when I visit businesses for the first time, staff tell me there’s no communication and roll their eyes over initiatives that are started and never finished.  And the leadership team complains that ‘people don’t have any urgency’ or ‘there’s no alignment’. Over time, the level of staff output drops to 60% and anyone who tries too hard is frowned upon.   Miserable!

It’s no coincidence that alignment around a quarterly theme is high on the list of Rockefeller habits.  In fact, it’s second only to the health of the executive team (something I’ve written about in two previous blogs here and here). It’s essential to gaining any forward traction in business.  But how exactly do you put this into practice? 

Innovating Through Operational Excellence

Are you looking to innovate in your business? To make it more agile? More effective? Then who better to listen to than the former Amazon executive who launched and scaled the Amazon Marketplace business and who ran their enterprise services business for 3 years? 

This week’s guest is none other than John Rossman, the highly sought after analyst who worked for Amazon.com in its early days and who has since been featured by The New York Times and CNBC amongst others. “I was an early person at Amazon, I was there from early 2002 through late 2005. I got to launch the Marketplace business. 58% of all units shipped and sold [on Amazon] are now on that Marketplace business.”

Today, John works with companies and leaders showing them how to innovate and operate better within their space, by teaching them new tools, techniques, strategies and leadership principles to do just that. 


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Two years ago, Yale University psychologist Laurie Santos began to wonder why students seemed so detached from their classmates. Like a good academic, she connected her observations to data — and found it troubling. The National College Health Assessment (pdf) showed that 42 percent of college students reported being too depressed to function well in the previous year. A range of other surveys and indicators have suggested that older people are also having difficulty finding happiness and connection in our 24/7, hyperconnected world.

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Two years ago, Yale University psychologist Laurie Santos began to wonder why students seemed so detached from their classmates. Like a good academic, she connected her observations to data — and found it troubling. The National College Health Assessment (pdf) showed that 42 percent of college students reported being too depressed to function well in the previous year. A range of other surveys and indicators have suggested that older people are also having difficulty finding happiness and connection in our 24/7, hyperconnected world.

I THOUGHT HOLDING A WEEKLY TEAM MEETING WAS CRAZY. HERE’S WHY I WAS WRONG

When my co-founder, Dave, and I heard from our executive coaches that we should start holding weekly update meetings, we were incredulous. 
Up to that point, we’d been holding quarterly update meetings and the occasional monthly meeting. Just the thought of giving a presentation every week was overwhelming.

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