SOAR versus SWOT Ed Lisoski, Ph.D. PresidentLisoski Leadership Consulting January 24, 2012
Welcome! What We’ll Cover Today• SOAR – Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results – a positive focus on business improvement.• Our choice to make an impact- in our organization, with others and most importantly – in ourselves.• Methods and tools to refocus ourselves & our organization on what we do best!
A little about me -• A Little about Me - Human Resource Manager – ETHICON, a Johnson & Johnson company in San Angelo, Texas. Adjunct Faculty member at Angelo State University, Northeastern University(Boston), and University of Phoenix. Ph.D. from Capella University, 2009. Married 35 years, 2 children, 4 grandchildren. Hobbies & Interests – writing, exercise, and daydreaming!
Now – a Little about You• Just one Question –• What do you do?
Is that Really all you Do? The Star Thrower Story Vision without action is merely a dream.Action without vision just passes the time.Vision with action can change the world.
The Difference You Make Today • Who are the “Starfish” that you impact? • What are some of the differences you make in what you do? • What do these individuals say about the impact you make on their tomorrow?The Impact You Make on Tomorrow
SOAR versus SWOT• SWOT • SOAR Strengths, Weaknesses, Opp Strengths, Opportunities, As ortunities, Threats pirations, Results Competitive mindset Collaborative mindset Strategic improvement on Strategic improvement built weaknesses on strength & vision Management-focus on Leadership–focus on what areas to improve. we do best! Tactical action plan Visionary based action plan Focus on limitations Focus on possibilities
SOAR Exercise• Break into groups of 6-8 per table• Each table to select a scribe who will capture responses on the flipchart. After each question is answered summarize with 2-3 key themes.• Each table to select a spokesperson who will share the outcome of the discussion.• 15 minutes per concept, 4 concepts in all.• Five minutes for each team to share key learnings from their table with the group.
Strengths: What can we build on?• What are we most proud of as an organization?• What are our strengths that make us unique?• What is our proudest achievement in the last 1-2 years?• How do we use our strengths to get results?
Share with the Group• Spokesperson(s) at each table share summary of table discussion with the group.• As we hear each presentation, consider:• What can I do different when I get back to work?• What can we build on?
Opportunities: What are our stakeholders asking for? • What are the top 2-3 possibilities where we should focus our efforts? • What are possible new products, services, or processes? • How can we learn to see challenges as opportunities? • What new skills do we need to move forward?
Share with the Group• Spokesperson(s) at each table share summary of table discussion with the group.• As we hear each presentation, consider:• What are our clients asking for?• What do they need?
Aspirations: What do we care deeply about?• Reflecting on our Strengths & Opportunities – what are we deeply passionate about?• What strategic initiatives – projects, programs, processes – would support our aspirations?• What is our most compelling aspiration?• What is our vision for our future?
Share with the Group• Spokesperson(s) at each table share summary of table discussion with the group.• As we hear each presentation, consider:• What can I do different when I get back to work?• What do we care deeply about?
Results: How do we know we are succeeding?• What meaningful measures best indicate we are on track to meet our goals?• What would a results dashboard look like-3-5 indicators- that provide feedback to us and our stakeholders?• What resources are needed to implement our most vital project(s)?• What are the best rewards to support those who drive toward achievement of our goals?
Share with the Group• Spokesperson(s) at each table share summary of table discussion with the group.• As we hear each presentation, consider:• What can I do different when I get back to work?• How do we know we are succeeding?
“We live in a world of possibilities . . . when we believe it, we’ll see it.”
KEY CONCEPTS: • Believe it and you’ll see it. • Recognize abundance. • Look for possibilities. • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong. CONTINUED . . .
KEY CONCEPTS: • Ride the changes. • Take yourself to your edge. • Be your best for the world.
BELIEVE ITAND YOU’LL SEE IT. • Commit to the results you’re looking for. • Find ways around obstacles. • Have high expectations.
RECOGNIZE ABUNDANCE.• Acknowledge all that you have to work with.• Broaden your definition of winning.• Look for ways to work cooperatively with others.
LOOK FOR POSSIBILITIES.• Focus on opportunity, rather than scarcity.• Find what’s working.• Keep looking for the next possible answer.
UNLEASH YOUR ENERGYTO FIX WHAT’S WRONG.• Connect with a positive vision.• Believe that solutions exist.• Focus on what is right with the situation.
RIDE THE CHANGES.• Realize that change is possibility.• Learn to live with uncertainty, yet act with confidence.• Challenge the order in your life.
TAKE YOURSELFTO YOUR EDGE.• Trust yourself and create your own future.• Follow your edge wherever it goes.• Move beyond your best.
BE YOUR BESTFOR THE WORLD.• Act with service and grace.• Make a contribution through action.• Talk about your successes to discover your dreams.
“I attract to my life whatever I give myenergy, focus, and attention to, whether wanted or unwanted. “ Michael Losier, 2002 Author Law of Attraction
You have heard of - • Coincidence • Fate • Karma • Luck • Meant to beIs life really just a “roll of the dice?”
You observe what you have and receive in your lifePositive or negative You create energy enters behaviors, either your life positive or positive You attract or repel what responds to your behavior
So what do you do?• Identify what you desire• Create positive behaviors • Allow it to happen
NEGATIVE/POSITIVE WORD CHOICES • What are the words we use? • Are we really using the language of words to our best advantage? • What we think and how we think – leads to what we feel – which leads to what we do. • And what we do attracts events, people, communication that is attracted to our language and actions.
INCREASE POSITIVE BEHAVIORS• Think - what is it I really want?• Clearly state what is desired.• Express those desires in your language: - I’ve decided to…. - I’m excited at the thought of… - Its great to know that….. - More and more I….. - I love how it feels when I….
ELIMINATE DOUBT IN YOUR LANGUAGE • Believe it and you’ll see it. • Recognize abundance. • Look for possibilities. • Unleash your energy to fix what’s wrong. • Ride the changes. • Take yourself to your edge. • Be your best. Not just the best in the world….. but for the world.
The Eagle & The Wolf There is a great battle that rages inside me. One side is the soaring eagle. Everything the eagle stands for is good and true andbeautiful, and it soars above the clouds. Even though it dipsdown into the valleys, it lays its eggs on the mountaintops. The other side of me is the howling wolf.And the raging, howling wolf represents the worst thats inme. He eats upon my downfalls and justifies himself by his presence in the pack. Who wins this great battle? The one I feed! Author unknown
CLOSING COMMENTS• We discussed a lot of concepts today - - Possibilities… - Potential… - What we can be versus what we are..• Some may still feel that the change required is simply not possible.• If you have some doubt, then consider this closing video clip of the Power of One – a true story on how one person exercising their right of choice can make all the difference…
THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING WITH YOU TODAY! Ed Lisoski