During World War II, in the terrible days of the Blitz, a father, holding his small son by the hand, ran from a building that had been struck by a bomb. In the front yard was a shell hole. Seeking shelter as quickly as possible, the father jumped into the hole and held up his arms for his son to follow. Terrified, yet hearing his father’s voice telling him to jump, the boy replied, ‘I can’t see you!’ The father called to the silhouette of his son, ‘But I can see you. Jump!’ The boy jumped because he trusted his father.
Thankfully, during EOS® session days we are never dealing with anything as terrible as the Blitz. Things do however often get heated, and our clients will often question the process. As an implementer, a critical role I own is facilitation with the leadership team to build Trust – Trust in me, Trust in the EOS® process and most importantly Trust between the members of the leadership team.
Trust in me as an implementer begins early in the EOS process™ often right as a client is deciding to hire me and we discuss the flow of the first three session days; Focus Day™, Vision Building™ Day 1, and Vision Building™ Day 2. Clients will want to start with Vision Building™, they can’t fathom why we would start with Focus Day™ and by learning the 5 fundamental EOS™ tools – “Surely we have to build our Vision first they will frequently say”. The truth is Gino tried this both ways as he was building the EOS™ process and found that you have to build accountability first, to then be successful with Vision. The process works, as many thousands of successful companies running on EOS® have found. As an implementer my role is encouragement to ‘Trust the Process’, to ‘jump’.
Achieving true leadership team trust is a pivotal point for our clients. We begin this journey on the first day with tools and techniques then spaced throughout the EOS Process™ to take our clients on their journey to leadership strength built on a foundation of trust.
The key tool in the EOS Toolbox™ we use to achieve this is the Trust Builders™. Quite simply each quarter we work with our leadership teams and tackle a specific exercise to improve and strengthen vulnerability-based trust and team heath. These are things like reading and internalizing ‘The five dysfunctions of a Team’ by Patrick Lencioni, being comfortable tackling our ‘One Thing’ feedback exercise, understanding individual learning styles and sharing personal histories. Working these consistently into the process of our EOS® journey together gives our clients the strength and trust in each other to tackle the difficult situations which will inevitably arise in any organization.
So the question is “are you ready to Trust an EOS Implementer™ to help you and your leadership team achieve more of what you want from your company”?
Written by Richard Price on February 19, 2020