Executive in New Role
The executive is new to the position. Expectations are high for quick action. Building relationship of trust with the team, a new strategic direction for sustainable growth and long term business success.
Executive Team Effectiveness & Business Growth
The executives are smart, driven leaders with histories of accomplishment. Yet it seems like the team and the business are driving with the brakes on in the face of the essential changes needed.
Building Future Leaders
The current leadership team does not exhibit the perspective or skills which will lead the future of the business.
The faster you’re going, the harder it is to stay on the road. And both life and business always seem to be moving more rapidly. Outside the Turn is where things can get dangerous. Professional Outsider Randy Boek helps you gets you through it with insights and knowledge. Push beyond the norm, past the way you’ve looked at things before. Play to win … rather than to not lose. Innovate, challenge yourself and your company. Be the leader who redefines yourself, your team, your business. The world is changing faster and in greater volume than ever. Are you?
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Route Two Delivers Results!
The core competencies of Route Two address the areas of your organization that most directly affect the results you are achieving. In today’s economic and business climate it is imperative to perform at peak levels consistently – from planning to execution to leadership to team effectiveness. Randy Boek, professional outsider and president of Route Two, brings proven experience, methodology and programs to the table to deliver bottom line results. We partner with you to ensure that your goals are met and your expectations exceeded. Click below to learn more about our solutions and how Route Two can help your company: Strategic PlanningExecutionLeadershipTeam Execution
Maybe you should become one. If you would like to consider the possibilities, contact us today.
A Map To Show You The Way To Success
If a picture is worth a thousand words, your strategy map is worth more – more than words, more than a picture. It’s a map created by your team that clearly and graphically communicates your integrated strategy for success, including who is accountable for what and how you’ll measure your progress.
- Builds team alignment and energy to execute
- Cements accountability
- Depicts critical linkages between financial goals, customer needs, infrastructure, processes, culture, and human capability
- Identifies the most important goals and actions
A Critical Part of Achieving Your Objectives – The Plan
Picture a planning process that moves quickly to the right issues that define the future of your business. We access the best thinking of the smart people in your organization, and align executives and leaders around a shared course of action to improve business results.
- Powerfully visual
- Surprisingly fun
Anchor Your Strategy with Team Preparation
It is common that leadership teams are not ready to dive right in to the dynamic and interactive work of building their strategy map. Preparing your team to do high-quality creative thinking and develop the right strategic initiatives is essential. Route 2 guides your Strategy Foundation and Anchors process, creating team alignment and a baseline of shared knowledge so your team is ready for the exciting work of strategy development.
- People focus at the right level
- New discussions on important new topics
- Barriers to creative divergent thinking are removed
The leadership team, and ultimately everyone in your business, will understand and agree on what’s to be done, how it will be done, who is responsible for what, and how progress and success will be measured.
Too many decent Strategic Plans end up on the trash heap of dead possibilities. The right discussions take place. Ideas get legs. Enthusiasm builds. Binders are published and begin to collect dust on the shelf. The reality of getting product shipped and all the related activities of running the business dominate the priority list. Strategy execution languishes. Route Two provides system, structure, and leadership to drive execution. Through the guidance of a Route 2 Results outsider forward progress becomes consistent. Execution moves from being a tangential leadership accountability to become an integrated component of running the business.
Partnership for business growth is more than a Route 2 Results sound-bite. It is a core ethic. We share our client’s commitment to growth of the business, growth of individual leaders, and growth of the teams that run the business. Implementing the changes necessary to execute new strategic initiatives is seldom easy and not always satisfying. It can be more of both.
Clarity – Alignment – Focus
Our Implementation Roadmaps translate strategic initiatives into executable tactics with specific timeframes and accountabilities. These colorful Roadmaps spell out exactly how and when business strategies will be realized in the context of your business reality. We do not produce binders of text. Your strategic plan and all related elements will be maps and other graphics that show linkages, dependencies and accountabilities in ways that are easy to comprehend and explain to others from the board to the production floor.
Leadership & Team Effectiveness
Leadership teams are not always ready to function at the level of effectiveness necessary to execute new strategic initiatives. Route 2 Results provides a leadership development curriculum that is based on the principles of High Performance. In High Performance organizations people understand the business and work cooperatively with a commitment to business results. Accountability is paramount and leaders have the perspective skills and tools to drive business growth by achieving results through others. Leaders know how to lead and manage and when to apply the right approach for the desired result. Route 2 offers training that is specifically focused on building High Performance Leaders, top-floor to shop-floor. We offer comprehensive formal Leadership Development programs tailored specifically to the needs of your leadership team and focused on achieving desired results.
Installing the changes inherent in executing a new strategic plan can be like trying to change tires on a car that is on the road at 60 miles per hour. The business continues to run. Every leader already has a plate full of priorities. In partnership with the senior executive client sponsor a Route 2 Results outsider keeps the execution process moving forward. Alignment, integration and implementation progress in the business.
Leadership Team Effectiveness – A Foundation for Success
Effective Teams Are Made That Way.
There’s a big difference between a group of leaders and a team that can effectively and consistently execute. Whatever the focus of our work together, growth in leadership team effectiveness is always an outcome. When the focus is specifically growth in leadership team effectiveness,Route 2 Results methods and expertise will engage your team in building the capability to function effectively as a cohesive unit. Leaders learn how to:
- Structure teams for success
- Have tough discussions on the right topics, at the right level, with the right depth
- Make better, broader perspective decisions quicker
- Eliminate silos and turf protection
- Strengthen ownership and accountability
- Provide better analysis for better decisions
- Take creative approaches to challenges
Our approach to High Performance Teams has both an individual and a team component. We integrate individual leadership development with the team development process, and can provide a coaching/mentoring component as necessary.
High Performance Leadership Perspective, Skills, and Tools
Leaders who share a common High Performance Leadership perspective, along with the right skills and tools, get better business results. If you’re like most organizations, you have leaders with varied capability – from high-fliers to those who truly struggle. You may have good people in your organization who have been selected for leadership roles because of their technical competence, rather than their leadership experience or effectiveness. As a result, some parts of your business thrive, while others stumble. When the attributes of High Performance Leadership become the norm in your business, the results can be profound.
Smart, Capable People Will Thrive
You’ll get a customized leadership development program from Route 2, designed specifically to meet your objectives. Your team members will be immersed in highly-interactive sessions facilitated by seasoned leaders and focused on your business issues. High Performance Leadership programs are customized for your business needs from our library of over fifty specific leadership topic modules that have repeatedly proven effective in businesses of all sizes world-wide.
Create a New and More Effective Level of Energy, Enthusiasm and Focus
Route 2 can help you create a High Performance environment that fosters excitement and pride in being part of a team in which achievement is paramount. Behaviors that are not conducive to success are eliminated.
In 1999 Randy Boek, formed a partnership with Chip Wilson, CEO of 360 Solutions, LLC. As a result, clients get the best of learning content, materials and methodology combined with dynamic facilitation by experienced leaders. Sessions are active with a persistent focus on relevance and business results. Customization of program specifics to the unique needs of each client group ensures training dollars are well spent.
Essential elements of the Route 2 Results approach:
- Perspective, tangible skills and useable tools combined make it easier and more satisfying to succeed in the real world of getting business results through others
- Customization of in-session exercises to participant reality enhances learning and real world application
- Program structure includes spaced repetition with on-going follow-up to build confidence and drive implementation
- Facilitators are always veteran leaders who have a history of getting results through others
- Route 2 Results works with leaders and teams from top floor to shop floor
- Agreement to desired outcomes is the reference point to which progress is measured
What Our Clients Say
Client Case Studies
This hi-tech company is an innovator in visual display of information. The company had taken a new direction and needed to build leadership capacity for anticipated growth. Route Two created and delivered a comprehensive leadership development program. Results included greater effectiveness as a result of stronger cross functional communication, connections and cooperation.
The newly promoted CEO of an international electronics manufacturer had replaced a legacy leader who had held the position for 25 years. His challenge was to engage the leadership team and create new direction for sustainable business growth. Route Two led the team in a comprehensive strategy mapping process that created clear direction for the business and alignment of the executive team. This project was followed by ongoing guidance from Route Two for strategy execution.
A division executive of a national retailer was new in the position and needed to quickly build a strong, aligned leadership team and build a new strategic direction for the online business. Route Two led the team through a comprehensive strategy mapping process which resulted in a clear direction for the future and a team aligned for execution. The strategy was implemented with greater than expected business growth.
This global company develops and manufactures technology and products that reduce energy consumption and increase operational efficiency. Their customers are aerospace and energy businesses worldwide. Building leadership capacity was determined to be essential for significant and sustainable growth of the business. A comprehensive global leadership program was developed as a component of the corporate university. Leaders of leaders (those who have multiple leaders reporting to them) from around the world participate in this program annually which currently has over 300 graduates. Route Two has been a leader in the development, delivery and follow-up of this program which graduated over 50 leaders from 10 countries during 2013.
Leading twelve departments within a large state-level government agency was a challenge in and of itself for this client. Each department operated independently, with minimal cross-departmental communication, substantial duplication of effort, and no sense of connection to the larger organization. Considerable future funding cuts made it essential to improve the cost structure and teaming between the departmental leaders. Route 2 engaged 20 leaders in a comprehensive business process improvement project utilizing discovery, facilitation, and business-process mapping methodologies. The result: a significantly improved team-based approach identified opportunities for eliminating duplication of services and installed a process of continuous improvement, yielding major cost savings.
Customer complaints were rampant, as was employee turnover. The 24-hour emergency and specialty center had just started business in a new and much larger facility, and the new leadership team of eighteen highly-trained veterinary specialists was experiencing significant internal conflict. Route 2 chartered an internal steering team to lead the necessary changes and taught them how to do so. A visual system was established for managing facilities issues. Business Process Mapper™ was applied to improving patient flow-through and communication with pet owners. Supply and records challenges were identified and fixed. Route 2 then engaged an expanded team in a multi-day strategic planning event to define the strategic initiatives essential to the future of the organization. A management system was installed to guide the implementation of strategic and process improvements. Revenue grew 50 percent and profitability improved 600 percent as a result of the Route 2 work.
A large high-tech firm wanted to improve the ability of support professionals to serve their internal operating clients. Route 2 built and delivered a customized two-day interactive course focusing on business operations. In order for these professionals to have higher-level discussions with upper-level management, Route 2 helped enhance their general business acumen. The team learned how to ask better questions of their internal customers in order to provide the right solutions. This ultimately led to the support staff providing a higher-value-added service to the organization.
The IS department of a nationwide retailer needed to develop a strategy to support business this fast growing business. Route 2 helped select the client team and then led a multi-day strategic planning event. With a completed Strategy Map, it was easy for the leadership team to prioritize initiatives into an Implementation Roadmap and to communicate their plan to the broader audience within the organization. Route 2 then engaged additional department members in a business process improvement initiative. Route 2 assisted with the early stages of implementation and ultimately handed off the tools and processes to the client, who has become self-sustaining.
Integrating more than 50 businesses across four states, all acquired within a three-year period, was a big challenge facing one client. Business growth and assimilation created significant costs related to turnover of personnel, customer service problems, and difficulties in installing economies of scale. Route 2 engaged 25 leaders from four states in a unique and creative three-day strategic planning event. Facilitators guided the team through designing the future of the organization and, in the process, helped build the team unity needed to implement that vision strategically. The group collectively developed a Strategy Map which became the guide for the business. Route 2 designed and delivered a comprehensive organization-wide year-long leadership education process. The result: the business strategy was implemented and Route 2 continued to support the executive team in improving business results until the business was sold with a positive return to shareholders.
We have had the good fortune to work with hundreds of leaders in both large, well-known businesses and smaller, privately-held entrepreneurial businesses over the past 15 years. If these challenges sound familiar, contact Route 2 Results today. Consider a solution customized to get results for your business.
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