It’s been a couple of weeks since completing the second on-site module of the Duke IHCPT Foundation Program that is the major milestone for Davey H 2.0 but I haven’t had much time to focus on 2.0 development. V1.0 consumed a lot of resources.
The first week back I headed straight to HQ in Boston. I described that trip in this post. Then, this week I flew my team in to work through a proposed reorganization. I had the crazy-smart idea of holding the meeting in my house. It wasn’t going to be an easy meeting…
- By necessity, the agenda could be neither too specific (because then I in effect would be dictating the reorg) nor too general (because we’d end up trying to boil the ocean).
- My staff is competent, smart, driven but very inexperienced. They want greater authority but they’re reluctant to make decisions. They’re not used to a boss who solicits their opinions when decisions need to be made.
- We don’t really know each other that well. This is not the same team I brought into the company back when we were bought. I had completed the assignment of assimilating that old team. Rather than booting me at that point, the company asked me to take on a different challenge. I know each of the people who form my current management team, but as a group, they rarely, if ever all work together. This is the legacy of how they were each brought into the company. We’re a rag-tag bunch of mavericks, I tell ya.
- The team is spread out all over the world. The logistics of when and where to meet are not easy.
Given the above. I figured there is no better place to make this crew feel at home with each other than in an actual home. They stayed in a hotel because anything else would be creepy. But during the day, they were at my house. I supplied all of the accouterments of an office; supplies, work space, meeting space, telecommunications, A/V, smoking space (Europeans!) and the all important coffee and food service. They saw that I was basically a human. And they met the home office security team that they often hear in action during conference calls.
If a corporate espionage team ever breaks into my home office dressed as a dog bed, they’ll be sorry.
It worked. The team warmed up to each other and we came up with a plan to organize for the future. Mission accomplished.
But now I have to work on V2.0 tasks. Besides the class assignments, I want to practice talking about the V2.0 product to people who don’t yet have exposure. I need to know what questions I’m going to get and what sales techniques work and what ones fall flat.
I had three different networking events I hoped to attend but they all had conflicts with V1.0 obligations. And, I’m now going to lose a week because I’ll be out of the country on business, something I was hoping to hold off until well after the Duke Foundation course was over. So now the plan is as follows:
- Complete the assigned class work (reading, videos, quizzes, triad practice). This won’t be an issue since I can do most of it during nights and weekends.
- Take advantage of an upcoming personal trip to connect with some long time friends and acquaintances and test my rap out on them. Working on booking this now.
- Hit up some of the coffee-shops/shared work space venues in my area and see what I can drum up. This is a nutty idea that is way out of my comfort zone. But what do I have to lose?
- Continue L4 engagement strategy of writing blog content, engaging like-minded people in discussion, and packaging resources that can be used for specialty situations like I did for the professional cyclist in this post.
- Stretch goal: Plan out what a seminar/workshop might look like. Take it as far as I can including agenda, marketing, content development, venue etc. Any progress I make on this will be gravy.