it’s a very bad problem
“Gnarly” (slang): very bad; complex or challenging to deal with
A gnarly [=thorny, knotty] problem.
These are solvable problems - with MindShift.
Managers and leaders are working overtime to lead their people safely through this time of disruption and change. They are stuck in a no-win situation, second-guessed and hindered at every turn with no relief in sight. Six villains thwart their efforts and are wearing them down.
Are employees more skeptical of the decisions you or your leaders make?
Do employees take a wait-and-see attitude when you or your leaders set a new direction?
Are you on an island with no one who fully understands your challenges and without a teammate available to support and encourage you?
Do fear and survival behavior ripple through your organization when a crisis appears?
Is there an underground culture that resists change and creates doubt?
Have you experienced sabotage over the past twelve months?
No leader has all the answers, nor can they pretend to. The world is too complex and changing too quickly. The pandemic ended the heroic image of the "all-knowing" expert leader, and leaders are stumbling and falling daily.
Let's move forward to a new style of leadership designed for tough and uncertain times.
Farm communities developed community barn raisings to help individuals accomplish something they can't do on their own. The whole community plays a role; the celebration begins once the barn is completed. The family gets a barn, the community gains strength, and everyone feels satisfied with a job well done.
We will show you how to apply barn-raising principles to any situation you face. The role is simple; recruit, organize, and set an example. You don't have to pretend to be an expert; there are plenty in every community.
To get started, pick a problem. We'll walk you through the process.
This may sound too easy, but I'm proof it works. I've led seven MindShift barn-raising projects, tackling some of the most gnarly problems companies face; I've written six books, and we've won three international awards. Everyone played a role, and I was the least knowledgeable participant in each project.
We can teach anyone how to become a barn-raising leader.
Gnarly problems create drama with many subplots. What are some of the stories that stir the pot and create resistance?
Gnarly problems take you and your organization on a journey; what is the happy ending you seek?
We will help you identify the root issue, and build a team to kickstart your barn raising project.
In a world where businesses face complex, seemingly unsolvable problems, the hero of our story is the ambitious company striving for growth, innovation, and thought leadership. They're confronted with wicked problems—challenges resistant to resolution—that hinder their progress and prevent industry-wide change.
Having faced its challenges, the guide understands the plight and how to overcome it. They once encountered a construction process that hindered their ability to offer a better solution due to the industry’s misaligned incentives and loyalties. This jeopardized the client's potential gains and threatened the guide's livelihood.
Determined to overcome these obstacles, the guide delved into the depths of the construction system, discovering that each stakeholder was similarly constrained. By uniting these stakeholders, the guide helped them deliver exceptional results that exceeded the client's expectations. Through this experience, the guide developed a process capable of unlocking solutions to wicked problems across various industries and businesses.
When Mindshift is called, it forms a diverse, cross-functional team of leaders, uniting them in an alliance for change. Operating outside their parent companies, this alliance fosters a safe environment for exploration and experimentation. With the combined strength of these industry leaders, Mindshift can overcome the systemic barriers that hinder individual organizations' attempts at fundamental change.
Despite initial hesitation, our hero embraces Mindshift's simple, three-step plan:
As our hero contemplates the high stakes of not following this plan and continuing to operate with the same constraints, they're motivated to embrace the opportunity for success and confidence that Mindshift provides.
Mindshift has a proven track record of breaking through constraints and driving industry-wide change. Since its inception in 2007, Mindshift has successfully shifted the construction industry toward a more integrated, trust-based model with Integrated Project Delivery. This achievement earned them the H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator's Award from CoreNet Global.
Workplace engagement, another wicked problem, has been tackled by Mindshift since 2012. They've been dedicated to understanding the relationship between the work environment and employee engagement.
Flexible and adaptable, Mindshift combines a modern-day barn-raising and a high-powered "do-tank" mindset. This model has been used to reinvent companies, drive industry change, and accelerate business development.
Participants in Mindshift's alliances have included industry giants like Google, Turner Construction, Gensler, AIA, GSA, Haworth, DPR, Balfour Beatty, and many more.
With Mindshift as their guide, our hero is now equipped to face wicked problems, break through constraints, and lead their industry to new heights of innovation and success.
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