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Not only do groups make better decisions, but once agreed to, decisions are far easier to implement and have much greater likelihood of success. More and more research points to advantages of group engagement and decision-making. It is no longer a matter of why you should adopt a high engagement strategy with your people to gain agility, but rather how to implement this process.
Roadway is a trucking company that is currently implementing a high engagement strategy in their organization with some tremendous successes. Their approach includes three elements and may very well be model for other organizations. The three elements of their program are: 1.) Education, 2.) Tools, 3.) High Engagement.
First, Roadway is spending a lot of time educating their people about business. They have adopted much of thinking from Jack Stack’s book, “The Great Game of Business.” The key is to help their employees understand financials of business and how they affect numbers. Second, they have trained their people in basic principles of LEAN so that they can evaluate current processes and procedures and have a basis for making changes that will positively affect bottom line. Finally, they have adopted and use a positive approach to achieving “High Engagement.” Rather than focusing on problems in company, they have chosen to look at strengths of company and build on those strengths using David Coopperrider’s 4D model for positive change.
The results at Roadway have been impressive. There are many stories of success at individual terminals that are now being shared across company and in meantime just one of measures they use has recorded a $10 million improvement over last 4 years. Roadway is rapidly developing Agility to help them face a very competitive and rapidly changing world. Without it, they would most likely not have survived.
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Robert E. Cannon, successful business executive, left the corporate world in 2001 to start Cannon Advantage; a firm specializing in helping visionary leaders and business decision-makers who want to enhance the competitive advantage of their organizations