Fountain Park Icebreaker for new CEOs


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When you come into an organisation as a new leader, you are expected to reel in results. And you need to move fast. But, do you know what lies beneath the surface? What gets people going? What should be your first priorities?

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  • Haluttu suunta ja tavoitteet on viestittävä heti. Alaiset haluavat, että keskeisiin asioihin tartutaan. Alaiset luovat johtajasta oman ensivaikutelman nopeasti. Vaikka johtajalla ei ole ollut aikaa tutustua organisaatioon. Kukaan ei halua yleistä ”henkilöstö on voimavara” –horinaa. Alaiset myös mielestään tietävät, mitkä yrityksen todelliset ongelmat ovat.
  • ICEBREAKER TUKEE TIEDON HANKINTAA JA PÄÄTÖSTEN MYYNTIÄ Tulosten perusteella pystyttiin tekmään päätöksiä miten kannattaa jatkaa Jos ykkös- ja kakkosvaiheet tai nelosvaiheet tulevat ohitetuiksi, peli on pitkäksi aikaa menetetty.
  • Fountain Park Icebreaker for new CEOs

    1. 1. Fountain Park I C E B R E A K E R ® Ville Tapio +358 40 5909385 [email_address] Fountain Park
    2. 2. As a new leader <ul><li>Your clear early priority is to identify </li></ul><ul><ul><li>what people expect of you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the barriers and enablers of success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how to take control of the situation. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. You’ll be pressed with time <ul><li>People want to know immediately what course and goals you’ll be setting </li></ul><ul><li>Meanwhile, they’ll be idly waiting around for new directions. </li></ul><ul><li>People want you to focus on key issues </li></ul><ul><li>First impressions of a new leader are formed quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I would act faster” , is the most typical answer to the question what you would do differently if you could start again in the same position. </li></ul>
    4. 4. ICEBREAKER: Understanding Your Organisation in a Week <ul><li>A web service that allows you to get the situation under control. You’ll be making sound decisions from the get-go. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What ever people have got to say, you’ll hear it, straight up. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You’ll identify the enablers and the barriers for growth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>During the busy start-up phase, you won’t seem distant; instead, you’ll be addressing issues important to people. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You don’t exhaust yourself during the first months. </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Icebreaker reveals <ul><li>” I got the feeling that I was sharing tables with thousands of people.” </li></ul><ul><li>” It was truly amazing how unexpectedly people were thinking.” </li></ul><ul><li>” I was able to examine the situation through multiple sources of information.” </li></ul>
    6. 6. Be more efficient and effective as a decision maker <ul><li>Gather information and test the waters. </li></ul><ul><li>Propose an initiative. Get feedback from your immediate subordinates. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a decision based on the data, the feedback and your vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Sell the decision to your subordinates, spiced up with their own thoughts and ideas, spoken in their own language. </li></ul><ul><li>Help, demand, and monitor. </li></ul><ul><li> Early wins. </li></ul>
    7. 7. How does it work? <ul><li>ICEREAKER GATHERS THOUGHTS AND IDEAS, AND ANALYSES THE RESULTS. </li></ul><ul><li>YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Processed information. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unlimited number of participants. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works in decentralised organisations. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ready in a week. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional methods slow and expensive. </li></ul></ul>Invitation via e-mail and/or intranet/internet page.
    8. 8. Information gathered through brainstorming One open theme encouraging people to share their thoughts and ideas in their own words. E.g., ”What helps us achieve excellence?” ” Can we identify any hidden potential for growth?” ” How can we build our performance capabilities?” An easy and motivating way to glean information. The result: a database of analysed information A shared mindset extracted through data analysis. The most important issues are placed in the middle of the board. E.g., ”What would by my first priority if I was the new leader?”
    9. 9. The relevant themes and their meanings in one image Dispersion of thoughts and ideas Estimated significance Strong signals, a shared mindset Should definatetely be taken into account when planning. Potential elements Are there any new ideas and perspectives on how to do things better? The most insignificant elements Respondents agree on the insignificance of the matters Wide dispersion High significance
    10. 10. Deepening analyses by units and teams <ul><li>What are the participants reflecting on, what are they not? </li></ul><ul><li>How do the participants express themselves? </li></ul>Which themes are inter-related, which remain unconnected? Quantitative comparison of themes Comparison by respondent groups
    11. 11. The most important issues in compact format An example <ul><li>Making the most of the start-up phase </li></ul><ul><li>Balancing opposing thoughts and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Balancing the age structure </li></ul><ul><li>Improving innovational processes </li></ul><ul><li>Building the capabilities and leadership skills of superiors </li></ul><ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Hunger for doing things better </li></ul><ul><li>The introduced thouhgts and ideas strongly supported </li></ul><ul><li>Core processes in good trim </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Management and leadership issues </li></ul><ul><li>Strong opposing views </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing innovational processes </li></ul><ul><li>Added motivation through well-balanced training </li></ul>TOP 5 -iniatives
    12. 12. ICEBREAKER-week Monday Start-up meeting 9–11 a.m. Theme and name Final approval 5 p.m. Monday Report Results meeting 1–3 p.m. Tuesday Icebreaker publication 7:30 a.m. Wednesday Monitoring and processing of data Thursday Reminder 7:30 a.m. Closing 6 p.m.
    13. 13. During the week Fountain Park will deliver you <ul><li>The production version of Icebreaker for commenting/accepting </li></ul><ul><li>The published (final) Icebreaker version </li></ul><ul><li>Participation links and reporting links </li></ul><ul><li>Invitation letter for commenting/accepting </li></ul><ul><li>Reminder draft for commenting/accepting </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of results as PowerPoint document (print and electronic) </li></ul><ul><li>The entire material (print and electronic) </li></ul>
    14. 14. How to get it? <ul><li>Fountain Park ICEBREAKER ® is delivered turnkey. </li></ul><ul><li>Customizing, customer support, analysis, summary of the results, and the whole body of data included. </li></ul><ul><li>Ready in a week. </li></ul><ul><li>It’ll only take 5 hours of your time. </li></ul><ul><li>Prices at: </li></ul><ul><li>19 800 € with 100-500 participants </li></ul><ul><li>29 800 € with 500-1000 participants </li></ul><ul><li>39 800 € with over 1000 participants </li></ul><ul><li>Access to reporting afterwards 330 euros/month </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up recommended in 6 months time. </li></ul>