Member Insights by Jon L. Iveson, Ph.D
In a previous article, Business Growth is a Game of Confidence, I wrote about how leaders should focus on creating an approach and environment that builds real, genuine confidence in the people around them. This idea is grounded by the vast work of two prominent psychologists; Bob Rotella, a sports psychologist, and Carol Dweck, a “mindset” psychologist.
Focusing on confidence is the groundwork that must be laid in order to gain traction and build momentum. It takes a bit of faith early on to focus on confidence without signs of Traction and Momentum. But, the resulting traction and momentum will feed confidence and start a virtuous cycle that winning teams and companies ultimately leverage as a competitive advantage.
In my coaching with clients, I can get leaders to understanding and buy into the idea that focusing on confidence is a worthwhile endeavor. Yet, leaders and associates can often be knocked from a confident mindset by one significant change of wind in our ever chaotic and changing world.
That is why I help leaders implement a leadership tool to help them, and those around them, gain traction and build momentum on a strategic path. I have named it the WIGWAM Process. It is a weekly or bi-weekly meeting process for aligning team members on a series of Wildly Important Goals or Winning and Advancing Moves (WIGWAM).
This process typically takes 30 to 45-minutes to run and includes Positive Accountability, Strategic Conversation, and Strategic Commitments. The variation in time comes from the strategic conversation aspect of the process. This aspect of the process is where the team engages in strategic conversation to educate, inform, align, and course correct.
Some teams need as little as 10-minutes for this conversation while others might need as much as 30-minutes for this conversation. The amount of time is highly contextual based on the experience, education, and capacity of the team members around the table. But, there is always some opportunity to leverage more strategic conversation amongst a team to gain more traction and build more momentum.
It is the leader’s responsibilities to make sure there is a process for lifting confidence, gaining traction, and building momentum. This is the major influence component of leadership that is needed in order to move a company or team forward. The weekly or bi-weekly WIGWAM process is the mechanism to ensure that transparent positive accountability, positive influence, and positive strategic contributions happen on a regular basis!
If you are a leader looking to improve the traction and momentum you are experiencing on your path to achieve significant scaling up goals, contact Dr. Iveson to learn how he can help you install his WIGWAM process and stand behind it with his 9-month short-pay guarantee!
Jon L. Iveson, Ph.D., The Champion’s Coach, is a Gazelles Certified Coach who helps executives, teams and companies thrive.
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