Go slow to go fast, the avoidance of accountability, overcoming lack of job candidates & Undock the AI calendar
3rd April 2022 Evolution Partners Newsletter
“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast.”
Hope you’re Thriving!
It’s been a good week with a great workshop and some good progress on my new book. At this rate, I’m hoping for a July / August release.
Go slow to go fast
If you were going to run a marathon, what’s the first thing that comes to mind that you will need on the day? Perhaps it’s water. Maybe you think I will need a lot of water for such a long run. It should come as no surprise that the leading cause of death during the marathon is heart failure or heart attack. But the second cause is drinking too much, known as hyponatremia. In fact, according to a marathon medical director “There are no reported cases of dehydration causing death in the history of world running, but there are plenty of cases of people dying of hyponatremia.”
During a workshop this week, a delegate asked, “Is that why your business is called evolution?” Now that was a different question in a different situation, but the answer is kind of the same. It’s about being at peace that you can’t do everything at once and that real momentum comes from evolving continual improvements over time. Impatience is the enemy of momentum.
Or put another way, it’s counterintuitive that the number two cause of death in running would be drinking too much water and that there aren’t reports of dehydration deaths. And it’s counterintuitive that we shouldn’t try to complete everything in our business right now.
An example I see regularly is leaders who want to get all KPIs for all staff implemented ASAP—or trying to complete the entire Rockefeller Habits checklist in one quarter. It never works, and the initiative dies from trying to consume too much. So instead, for KPIs, start with one role, nail the KPIs, make it stick and then move to the next one.
One other thing, in much the same way the brain tricks runners into keeping drinking water, I loved this science video showing a person being deceived that a fake hand was his hand
Undock the AI Calendar
This week I came across an interesting calendar assistant using AI to automatically propose appointment times while you’re typing an email to propose a meeting. Undock is a calendar assistant that presents available times to you as you type an email. I’ve checked it out, and while the AI suggestions as you type only work on calendars within Google Chrome, it seems to be a simple and effective calendar app.
Avoidance of Accountability
Over the years, I’ve used the 5 Dysfunctions of a team (explained well in this 7-minute overview) model from Pat Lencioni many times in assessing teams. Teams will often find that Dysfunction 4 scores low or ‘could be a concern’. Dysfunction 4 is about the avoidance of accountability, and it speaks to the importance of peer to peer accountability, where peers would willingly hold each other accountable.
So, if avoidance of accountability was not an issue, and you didn’t make the numbers during a meeting, I’d readily ask you about that.
One of the antidotes is to have each member of the team take turns to host meetings, asking why people didn’t complete their priority.
You might be interested in this short 9-minute explanation from Pat Lencioni about Avoidance of Accountability
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
When you have low numbers of candidates applying for your open roles.
What should you do when you have low numbers of candidates applying for open job roles?
In this market, it could actually be good to have anyone apply for a job. And so we’re talking about how to have more great people apply for roles that you have open at your company.
We talk about seven different tactics or tools you can use to bring in new candidates so that you can fill those roles.
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