Conrad Hilton …. Conrad Hilton, at a gala celebrating his career, was asked, “What was the most important lesson you’ve learned in you long and distinguished career?” His immediate answer …. “ remember to tuck the shower curtain inside the bathtub ”. “ Execution is strategy. ” —Fred Malek.
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Conrad Hilton, at a gala celebrating his career, was asked,“What was the most important lesson you’ve learned in you long and distinguished career?”His immediate answer …
“The art of war does not require complicated maneuvers; the simplest are the best and common sense is fundamental. From which one might wonder how it is generals make blunders; it is because they try to be clever.”—Napoleon
Towards EXCELLENCE in Public Sector Performance
Riyadh/2 November 2009
(Slides at tompeters.com)
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*U.S. Navy #1/Combat Engineer, Vietnam,
*U.S. Navy #2/Pentagon, Naval Construction
Forces policy co-ordination, 1968-1970.
*Co-founder, Stanford Graduate School of
Business “UMP”/“PMP” (Urban Management
Program, Public Management Program),
*White House, 1973-1974 (Executive Director,
Cabinet Committee on International
Narcotics Control; Assistant to Director,
Office of Management and Budget, Federal
*Consultant-Advisor to Bob Stone, Director,
National Performance Review (“Re-inventing
Government,” Al Gore initiative), 1992-1996.
... care more than others think
is wise; ... risk more than others think
is safe; ... dream more than others think
is practical; ... expect more than others think
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“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well
that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived
a great street sweeper who did his job well.” —Martin Luther King Jr.
1. A Bias for Action
2. Close to the Customer
3. Autonomy and Entrepreneurship
4. Productivity Through People
5. Hands On, Value-Driven
6. Stick to the Knitting
7. Simple Form, Lean Staff
8. Simultaneous Loose-Tight
“If I could have chosen not to tackle the IBM culture head-on, I probably wouldn’t have. My bias coming in was toward strategy, analysis and measurement. In comparison, changing the attitude and behaviors of hundreds of thousands of people is very, very hard.[Yet] I came to see in my time at IBM that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game —it is the game.”—Lou Gerstner,
Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance
World did you
go to Siberia?
Enterprise* ** (*at its best):An emotional, vital, innovative, joyful, creative, entrepreneurial endeavor that elicits maximum
concerted human potential
in the wholeheartedservice
of others.****Employees, Customers, Suppliers, Communities, Owners, Temporary partners
Leaders live to
… no less than Cathedralsin which the full and awesome power of the Imagination and Spirit and native Entrepreneurial flairof diverse individualsis unleashed in passionate pursuit of … Excellence.
“The role of the Director is to create a space where the actors and actresses canbecome more than they’ve ever been before, more than they’ve dreamed of being.”—Robert Altman, Oscar acceptance speech
“No matter what the situation, [the great manager’s]first response is always to think about the individual concerned and how things can be arranged to help that individual experience success.”—Marcus Buckingham, The One Thing You Need to Know
“You have to treat your employees like customers.”—Herb Kelleher, complete answer, upon being asked his “secrets to success”
Source: Joe Nocera, NYT, “Parting Words of an Airline Pioneer,” on the occasion of Herb Kelleher’s retirement after 37 years at Southwest Airlines (SWA’s pilots union took out a full-page ad in USA Today thanking HK for all he had done; across the
way in Dallas American Airlines’ pilots were picketing the Annual Meeting)
Our goal is to serve our customers brilliantly and profitably over the long haul.
Serving our customers brilliantly and profitably over the long haul is a product of brilliantly serving, over the long haul, the people who serve the customer.
Hence, our job as leaders—the alpha and the omega and everything in between—is abetting the sustained growth and success and engagement and enthusiasm and commitment to Excellence of those, one at a time, who directly or indirectly serve the ultimate customer.
Source: The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE
We—leaders of every stripe—are in the “Human Growth and Development and Success and Aspiration to Excellence business.”
“We” [leaders] only grow when “they” [each and every one of our colleagues] are growing.
“We” [leaders] only succeed when “they” [each and every one of our colleagues] are succeeding.
“We” [leaders] only energetically
march toward Excellence when “they” [each and every one of our colleagues] are energetically marching toward Excellence.
Source: The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE
“The ONE Question”:“In the last year [3 years, current job], name the … three people … whose growth you’ve most contributed to. Please explain where they were at the beginning of the year, where they are today, and where they are heading in the next 12 months. Please explain your development strategy in each case. Please tell me your biggest development disappointment—looking back, could you or would you have done anything differently? Please tell me about your greatest development triumph—and disaster—in the last ten years. What are the ‘three big things’ you’ve learned about helping people grow along the way.”
Employee retention & satisfaction:Overwhelmingly, based on the first-line manager!Source: Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman, First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
*Source: Jerome Groopman, How Doctors Think
Listening is ... the heart and soul of Engagement.
Listening is ... the heart and soul of Kindness.
Listening is ... the heart and soul of Thoughtfulness.
Listening is ... the basis for true Collaboration.
Listening is ... the basis for true Partnership.
Listening is ... a Team Sport.
Listening is ... a Developable Individual Skill.* (*Though women
are far better at it than men.)
Listening is ... the basis for Community.
Listening is ... the bedrock of Joint Ventures that work.
Listening is ... the bedrock of Joint Ventures thatlast.
Listening is ... the core of effective Cross-functional
Communication* (*Which is in turn Attribute #1 of
Listening is ... the key to making the Sale.
Listening is ... the key to Keeping the Customer’s Business.
Listening is ... the engine of Network development.
Listening is ... the engine of Network maintenance.
Listening is ... the engine of Network expansion.
Listening is ... Social Networking’s “secret weapon.”
Listening is ... Learning.
Listening is ... the sine qua non of Renewal.
Listening is ... the sine qua non of Creativity.
Listening is ... the sine qua non of Innovation.
Listening is ... the core of taking Diverse opinions aboard.
Listening is ... Strategy.
Listening is ... Source #1 of “Value-added.”
Listening is ... Differentiator #1.
Listening is ... Profitable.*(*The “R.O.I.” from listening is higher than
from any other single activity.)
Listening is … the bedrock which underpins a Commitment to
*Listening is of the utmost … strategic importance!*Listening is a proper … core value! *Listening is … trainable!*Listening is a … profession!
are …“What do you think?”
Source: courtesy Dave Wheeler, posted at tompeters.com
*appreciation is of the utmost … strategic importance!*appreciation is a proper … core value! *appreciation is … trainable!*appreciation is a … profession!
failure “free” (PR, $$)
(2) Quick to implement/
Quick to Roll out
(3) Inexpensive to
(4) Huge multiplier
(5) An “Attitude”
“Experiences are as distinct from services as services are from goods.”—Joe Pine & Jim Gilmore, The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage
Press Ganey Assoc:139,380 former patients from 225 hospitals:noneof THE top 15 factors determining Patient Satisfaction referred to patient’s health outcomeP.S.directly related to StaffInteractionP.P.S.directly correlated with Employee SatisfactionSource: Putting Patients First, Susan Frampton, Laura Gilpin, Patrick Charmel
“There is a misconception that supportive interactions require more staff or more time and are therefore more costly. Although labor costs are a substantial part of any hospital budget, the interactions themselves add nothing to the budget. Kindness is free. Listening to patients or answering their questions costs nothing. It can be argued that negative interactions—alienating patients, being non-responsive to their needs or limiting their sense of control—can be very costly. … Angry, frustrated or frightened patients may be combative, withdrawn and less cooperative—requiring far more time than it would have taken to interact with them initially in a positive way.”—Putting Patients First, Susan Frampton, Laura Gilpin, Patrick Charmel
Thoughtfulness is key to employee recruitment
Thoughtfulness is key to brand perception.
Thoughtfulness is key to your ability to look in the mirror —and tell your kids about your job.
“Thoughtfulness is free.”
Thoughtfulness is key to speeding things up—
it reduces friction.
Thoughtfulness is key to transparency and even
cost containment—it abets rather than stifles
*Thoughtfulness is of the utmost … strategic importance!*thoughtfulness is a proper … core value! *Thoughtfulness is … trainable!*Thoughtfulness is a … profession!
try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Screw it up. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Screw it up. it. Try it. Try it. try it. Try it.Screw it up. Try it. Try it. Try it.
“We made mistakes, of course. Most of them were omissions we didn’t think of when we initially wrote the software. We fixed them by doing it over and over, again and again. We do the same today. While our competitors are still sucking their thumbs trying to make the design perfect, we’re already on prototype version#5.By the time our rivals are
ready with wires and screws, we are on version
#10.It gets back to planning versus acting: We act from day one; others plan how toplan—for months.”—Bloomberg by Bloomberg
Culture of Prototyping“Effective prototyping may be themost valuablecore competence an innovative organization can hope to have.”—Michael Schrage
“Some people look for things that went wrong and try to fix them. I look for things that went right, and try to build off them.”—Bob Stone (Mr ReGo)
“Somewhere in your organization, groups of people are already doing things differently and better. To create lasting change, find these areas of positive deviance and fan the flames.”—Richard Pascale & Jerry Sternin, “Your Company’s Secret Change Agents,” HBR
“Where planners* raise high expectations but take no responsibility for meeting them, searchers prefer to work case-by-case, using trial and error to tailor solutions to individual problems, fully aware that most remedies must be homegrown.” —WSJ, 0822.06 (on malaria eradication, and hedge fund manager Lance Laifer)[*“Planners [WHO, World Bank, etc] see poverty as a technical engineering problem that their answers will solve.” —William Easterly] “All sorts of approaches need to be tried and we need feedback.” —Roger Bate
Demo = Story“A key – perhaps the key – to leadership is the effective communication of a story.”—Howard Gardner, Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership
Measure “Strangeness”/Portfolio QualityStaffConsultantsVendorsOut-sourcing Partners (#, Quality)Innovation Alliance PartnersCustomersCompetitors (who we “benchmark” against)Strategic Initiatives Product Portfolio (LineEx v. Leap)IS/IT ProjectsHQ LocationLunch MatesLanguageBoard
The “We are what we eat” axiom:At its core, every (!!!) relationship-partnership decision (employee, vendor, customer, etc) is a strategic decision about:“Innovate, ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ ”
“Who’s the most interesting person you’ve met in the last 90 days? How do I get in touch with them?”—Fred Smith
“Execution isasystematic processof rigorously discussing hows and whats, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.”—Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan/ Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
(1) sum of Projects = Goal (“Vision”)(2) sum of Milestones = project(3) rapid Review + Truth-telling = accountability
“Mr Zetsche, head of Chrysler from 2000 to 2005, denied he should take any responsibility for the U.S. carmaker’s troubles …”—Financial Times /05.29.07
“GE has set a standard of candor. … There is no puffery. … There isn’t an ounce of denial in the place.”—Kevin Sharer, CEO Amgen, on the “GE mystique” (Fortune)
“I am often asked by would-be entrepreneurs seeking escape from life within huge corporate structures, ‘How do I build a small firm for myself?’ The answer seems obvious …
“I am often asked by would-be entrepreneurs seeking escape from life within huge corporate structures, ‘How do I build a small firm for myself?’ The answer seems obvious:Buy a very large one and just wait.”—Paul Ormerod, Why Most Things Fail: Evolution, Extinction and Economics
“Mr. Foster and his McKinsey colleagues collected detailed performance data stretching back 40 years for 1,000 U.S. companies.They found that noneof the long-term survivors managed to outperform the market. Worse, the longer companies had been in the database, the worse they did.” —Financial Times
“Data drawn from the real world attest to a fact that is beyond our control:Everything in existence tends to deteriorate.”—Norberto Odebrecht, Education Through Work
Jim’s Mowing UK
Jim’s Building Maintenance
Jim’s Carpet Cleaning
Jim’s Car Cleaning
Jim’s Computer Services
Jim’s Dog Wash
Jim’s Driving School
Jim’s Pergolas [gazebos]
Jim’s Pool Care
Jim’s Pressure Cleaning
Jim’s Security Doors
Jim’s Window Cleaning
Note: Download, free, Jim Penman’s book:
What Will They Franchise Next? The Story of Jim’s Group
% XF lunches*
A little bit of love =Oil
The “XF-50”: 50 Ways to Enhance Cross-Functional Effectiveness and Deliver Speed, “Service Excellence” and “Value-added Customer ‘Solutions’”
“One bank is currently claiming to … ‘leverage its global footprint to provide effective financial solutions for its customers by providing a gateway to diverse markets.’”
“I assume that it is just saying that it isthere to‘help its customers wherever they are’.”
“I used to have a rule for myself that at any point in time I wanted to have in mind — as it so happens, also in writing, on a little card I carried around with me — the three big things I was trying to get done. Three.Not two. Not four. Not five.Not ten.Three.”— Richard Haass, The Power to Persuade
John Sawhill/Major Strategic Initiative:“What areas should the Conservancy focus on and more important— what activities should we stop doing?”Source: Bill Birchard, Nature’s Keepers: The Remarkable Story of How The Nature Conservancy Became the Largest Environmental Organization in the World
“Being aware of yourself and how you affect everyone around you is what distinguishes a superior leader.”—Edie Seashore (Strategy + Business #45)
WFBuckley/make friends-help friends
Eddie VII/dance-flatter-mingle-learn the language
Vlad/birthday party of outgroup guy’s wife
ERP installer/consult-“one line of code”
GE Energy/make friends risk assessment
GWB/check the invitation list
Oppy/snub Lewis Strauss
tp.com/Big 4-What do you think?
Total Bloody Mess/Can they pay back the loan?
THE PROBLEM IS RARELY/NEVER THE PROBLEM. THE RESPONSE TO THE PROBLEM INVARIABLY ENDS UP BEING THE REAL PROBLEM.*
*PERCEPTION IS ALL THERE IS!
“I regard apologizing as the most magical, healing, restorative gesture human beings can make. It is the centerpiece of my work with executives who want to get better.”—Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You
Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become
Even More Successful
If not Excellence, what?
If not Excellence now, when?