In March, I attended an excellent agile leadership workshop taught by Braintrust Consulting. They gave each student five books, including the book Get A Grip by Gino Wickman.
As part of a Rock exercise, I decided to read Get A Grip, a book that teaches executives how to get everything they want out of their entrepreneurial business.
Braintrust Consulting uses the Entrepreneurial Operation System (EOS) described in Get A Grip for running their business. Then their teams use agile techniques like iterations and Kanban boards to get work done.
When I thought about this strategy it makes sense because the EOS is a lightweight approach that gives structure and tools to the executive group. My experience has typically been that agile teams are disciplined and have structure for their meetings while executives tend to bounce from one topic to the next without getting much done.
So to give executives an effective meeting structure the EOS introduced the Level 10 Meeting. One of the key benefits of this meeting is that it saves time because the meeting is timeboxed to 90 minutes. Agenda items include: Segue, Scorecard, Rock Review... More details about the Level 10 Meeting can be found here.
In addition to the Level 10 Meeting, the book introduces various tools including Rocks and the People Analyzer.
What's a rock? Rocks are the 3 - 7 most important things that need to get done in the next 90 days. We all know it’s easy to get distracted, so a rock is a metaphor for keeping the sand out of your life and focusing on a key project. For example, my rock was to read Get a Grip and report back to my class. The image of a rock helped me focus on reading the book.
The People Analyzer? A tool that helps you determine if people fit in your culture. You hear companies talk about culture all the time, yet how many companies hold people accountable for their actions. The People Analyzer helps determine if leaders and employees fit the culture.
For me to develop a deeper understanding of the principles and tools described in the book, I'd have to practice the various tools. On the surface, I believe these tools and the EOS give most executives the structure they need to gain business traction.