Do you find it challenging to break your transformation down into concrete actions for your teams and employees? Here is a simple tool that can help.
The success of your business transformation depends on the involvement and support of your managers and employees. They need to understand, on a day-to-day basis, how they can contribute to the transformation in a concrete way. This will help them set the priorities for their work, with respect to both the transformation and operations.
The Rule of 3 is a way to keep the transformation priorities clear in the minds of your managers and employees. It lets you define what needs to be done in the very short term to achieve your longer-term vision. Your managers and their teams will be better equipped to identify priority actions and understand how they can contribute.
The Rule of 3 is this:
Once you have established your vision for the transformation, break it down into three strategic goals. Think of these as broad projects that group together your transformation intentions. For example:
These goals constitute the pillars of your transformation for a three-year outlook. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day!
The next step is to break down each strategic goal into key objectives that will become the transformation priorities for the coming year. Like the strategic goals, the key objectives should be shared across the entire organization. Ideally, only one or two key objectives are identified for each goal. For example:
For the Improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes goal, the three key objectives for the year might be:
For each key objective, determine two or three priority actions. The idea is to have one person in each department of the organization be responsible for at least one priority action for the quarter. For example:
For the Select a solution and integrator to transform the systems objective, three priority actions might be:
Breaking it down this way makes the vision much more concrete and accessible. Why always three? Because most people can’t remember a list of more than three items. Sticking to three keeps teams from spreading themselves too thin and trying to accomplish too much; it focuses everyone’s efforts.
Now that you have defined the goals and the medium-term and immediate priorities, you are ready to take action. Check out our earlier blog article on tips and tricks for organizing your transformation.
Director and Senior Consultant