Do Your Initiatives Start on the First Pull?
Anyone who has taken a snow blower or lawnmower out after a season of storage learns that one of two things happen when you try to start the engine.
The engine either starts on the first pull or it doesn’t. When an engine starts on the first pull it's a cause for satisfaction as you are off and running. All is perfect in the world. When an engine does not to start on the first pull it is followed by a second, a third and then a fourth. And after a few more pulls you realize that there is a problem as well as some work in front of you.
This year my 30 year-old mower started on the first pull and, in a short-lived way, I was excited. Spring was off to a good start. In a few months I’ll be taking out my snow blower. This vintage snow blower will never die but has a mixed track record on first pulls. This got me thinking about my experiences in various companies.
In many companies it is the norm for initiatives not to take hold, be repeatedly re-started and then given up on. Companies running on EOS® have a completely different and refreshing experience than the norm. These companies have the tools and disciplines in place so important initiatives “start on the first pull.”
New initiatives get lots of visibility in EOS companies. Initiatives can show up in the company’s V/TO™ (Vision/Traction Organizer™) that the leadership team reviews quarterly. Many times a new initiative has visibility as a quarterly Rock for the company or leadership team member. When an initiative is on the Rock Sheet it is reported on during the weekly Level 10 Meeting™. The Rock owner reports whether it is off-track or on-track. If it is off-track, it is dropped down to the Issues List and will be prioritized for problem solving.
In these companies, new initiatives get a high degree of visibility and support so problems cannot hide. In other companies it is common for failing initiatives to slowly lose momentum and then get resuscitated by a surprised (and upset) CEO who last knew that everything was going great.
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Your initiatives are important to the organization’s future. Are you giving them what it takes to get started on the first pull?