Leading from the front and middle
|The GROW Structure|
What is your goal for this conversation?
What is the current situation or reality? An assessment of current status.
What could you do? The trick here is to list all options, not just the obvious one. Often the option eventually chosen is a combination of past choices allied to new ideas.
What will you do, by when and how will you know whether you’ve been successful?
1. It stops us jumping immediately into solution mode - something we increasingly feel compelled to do because we have such little time.
2. It stops us considering only front of mind options – remember, if you want to get a different result, whether from a conversation or a decision, you won’t get it by doing the same thing you did last time.
3. It helps us properly define, and usually refine, our goal. As an example, in a conversation with a team member who continually arrives late to work, most Fastleaders would set the Goal as ‘getting them to arrive on time’. However, after exploring the reality of why they are arriving late – the real objective emerges that the team member needs to be sufficiently motivated and respectful of the rest of the team to consistently turn up on time. The Goal then must be changed.
4. It helps us understand we need to challenge our assumptions. In the example above, there is a huge difference between the team member being lazy and not being engaged.
5. At FASTLEAD we encourage its use because it also helps to retain focus, to ensure crucial steps are missed.
|G||GOAL||What is your goal with this decision? What outcome do you wish to achieve? How will this outcome be measured? Lag or lead measures, or both? What impact will this outcome have on business, team, customers, etc.?|
|R||REALITY||What is the current situation or reality? An assessment of current status. Where do the measures defined in Goals sit at the current time? What has contributed to these? Why is current performance as it is? What barriers (competitors, team capability, resources etc.) are getting in the way of the outcome we want to achieve? What resources are current available and currently deployed?|
|O||OPTIONS||What could we do? What decisions could we make and what would be the upside of these decisions (pros) and the possible downsides (cons)? The trick here is to list all options, not just the obvious ones. Often the option eventually chosen is a combination of past choices allied to new ideas. What have we done in the past and how effective has it been (pros and cons)? What are our competitors doing, and how effective have these tactics been? What levers are there available to us in this decision that we could move (pricing, margins, marketing, supply chain, sales approach, business model, resource allocation, etc.)?|
|W||WILL||What will you do, by when and how will you know whether you’ve been successful?|
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THE LESSON FROM GROW
We encourage Fastleaders to practice using this structure – with your team. Start with smaller conversations and gradually build your decision making confidence.
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