The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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It’s easy to have the nice conversations in business – sit around over sandwiches and share all The Good.

It’s also sometimes too easy for cliques within a business to talk about The Bad – rarely from a space of change and self-responsibility, however.

And The Ugly? Well when change has to happen, everything needs to be visible and open for conversation.

In this week’s episode, John Knight guides us through the process he uses to help teams open up. When you can honestly discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, then you are empowered to create the change you need.

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Often when we’re delving deep into a business, and we’re talking about the barriers to success, whatever they may be, it’s quite often that, one topic that comes up, is about team engagement, or being able to get into the head of the team, to understand what those opportunities are for improvement, or to understand what they see, as those barriers to success within their business.

So, I thought I’d share with you today a simple little technique, or a little tool that we use quite often within both the workshop environment, and as a bit of an impromptu sort of strategy session, when necessary, with the team of our clients businesses. We call it the good, the bad, the ugly. Now, it really is a reflection piece.

When you think about strategy, it’s the now part of the strategy. You use it when you wanna understand where we are now, and it’s very, very simple. We get the team together, and we ask where are we now? What’s good about where we are now, or what’s bad or the not so goods.

Sometimes people don’t like the negativity associated with the word bad within a team context so I talk about it from the not so good. These are the areas of improvement within our business.

If you conduct this workshop, or facilitate this tool in a very authentic transparent way with yourself even sharing some of those things that you’re frustrated by that you see within your business as being a barrier to success. By getting people to share first and foremost the good things, and it’s really important that you start with the good things.

I always use mind map sort of technique to do this. Jot everything down. Everything that’s said within the room, make sure it’s captured within this good side of the mind map. Go over and share. Get them to share what are the not so goods, what are the bads within what’s going on in your business at any particular point in time and again, it’s really important that you write everything down. Don’t be defensive and don’t try and show any sort of negative reaction if somebody says something that hits a bit of a raw nerve.

Once we’ve got our good and once we’ve got our bad, we’re then looking for the uglies. The way we do that is we get the team to stand up, give them the chalk on the blackboard, or the whiteboard marker on the whiteboard.

Get them to tick three things on anywhere within the now mindmap that they think if we fixed that problem would be the thing that would enable our business to continue to grow, to break through those barriers to success, and continue to achieve it’s vision.

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