We exist to help companies and individuals change the way they Dream, Plan, Train, and Do. The Dream is where you are going. Like the Cheshire cat in Alice and Wonderland, we believe if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there. The Plan is the roadmap for your journey towards achieving your dream. We believe in planning this road you must not only know where you are going, but also where you are. To move forward, one must not fear to step outside their comfort zone and embrace the critical opportunities to analyze, adapt, evaluate, learn, and grow. This is done with our 360² TRAIN programs. What we Do makes it happen.
The Dreams of entrepreneurs throughout history have been the seeds that have yielded the world’s great corporations. Even the smallest of businesses begins with someone’s dream of what could be. Few begin the journey without a plan in mind but all too often what we actually do is not aligned with what we plan to do. In a world often more chaotic than orderly, our daily “doings” find us running in circles responding to the flow of events around us. Our business dreams and plans need to mesh with our dreams and plans for the family, friends, and home. Out of balance conditions in one aspect of life bleed into stress and frustration in others.
Bob and Sally are fraternal twins that went their separate ways following graduation from business school. Both were endowed with a healthy dose of entrepreneurial spirit and both started their own businesses. Hard work has paid off as both businesses are yielding economic returns beyond their wildest dreams. Yet success often comes with a price, and that price is stress.
Sally trudges off to work every day full of good intentions, to focus on taking her business to the next level. She knows no matter how successful, businesses that aren’t growing are dying. Before she even gets to her office, those intentions begin to fall by the wayside as she is besieged by one problem after another, in search of a solution. She is becoming increasingly convinced she is the only one in the place with answers and solutions instead of questions and problems. When she finally makes it to her office she is confronted by an undifferentiated mass of paperwork and a phone that never stops ringing. When her chaotic days mercifully end, she returns to a condominium that looks just like her place of business – a mess.
In the not too distant past, Bob’s days were pretty much like Sally’s. Like Sally, Bob was imbued with that entrepreneurial drive that says “going it alone” is a sign of strength while going off in search of outside help is sometimes a sign of weakness. Bob was the first to yield to the unrelenting pressure he felt both at home managing his family and at work managing the business. Sally was surprised to learn Bob was shopping around for an external consulting firm specializing in small business growing pains and she too decided it was time to swallow her pride and look for help. There the similarity between their stories ends.
Sally met with a highly respected local firm and was impressed with what she heard. She is extremely busy and what she liked the most was that her initial involvement in what the consultants were suggesting would be limited to signing the checks. They proposed beginning with an operational effectiveness assessment of work procedures and processes of front line supervisors and their direct reports. The consultants explained the results frequently show the need for more standardized work practices and training. That resonated with Sally, as she was well aware the company had grown very fast. She was quick to sign on the dotted line and get things moving while Bob was still researching his options.
Bob took a different path. He had done some reading about work/life balance and wondered how much his own chaotic life at home might be impacting his actions at work. He heard about Balance and Harmony 360² from a customer and liked what he read on the website. What struck him most was how the 360² Transformation Model℠ challenges contemporary business thinking. It just seems to make common sense that home, communication; relationships, environment, as well as your work and your own personal makeup affect your productivity and happiness.
Sally was taking the traditional route by focusing only on the work itself. The idea that Bob’s executive team and indeed all his employees could be stressed out from influences external to the work struck a chord with him. He also didn’t like the idea of not being directly involved. The Balance & Harmony 360² approach starts at the top with business owners and key operating management before filtering down and out to allow the assessment to truly take on a 360² perspective. Assessment topics address going within, dreaming, planning, doing, time management, space, as well as the overall work and home. Feedback is confidential and assessment participants are provided with their own powerful report that creates a dynamic visualization made up graphs, charts, and key metrics to logically assist with putting dreams into reality with the planning and doing.
The feedback process results in “actionable change” steps starting with the owner/top management and then moving down throughout the company. For true “transformation” everyone has to be involved.