POWERSHIP & Agility Distilled

POWERSHIP — as explained by Impact Advisors‘ Kathie Topel in Powership: Leadership + People = Power — is “a nine-part proven process that is used to engage your people to the fullest by creating an incredible POWERSHIP Culturescape Environment (Defined as the cultural landscape or business atmosphere that exists in your company each and every day) in which everyone participates, from the receptionist to the CEO.”

POWERSHIP is rendered using the POWERSHIP Culturescape Model, which depicts how all of the nine elements fit together and relate. Six core elements compartmentalize the mechanical components, within which a specific type of activity occurs. Two aspects purposely uphold the ends of the diagram to illustrate the presence of leadership and engagement in every core element. Three horizontal bars are shown in the diagram to represent the fact that leadership must be monitoring the people engagement level at all times.

POWERSHIP is organized into POWER, which focuses on building the POWERSHIP Culturescape Environment (definition), and SHIP, which focuses on fueling the POWERSHIP Culturescape Environment (execution).

Since posting Agility Distilled, many have inquired: How does POWERSHIP relate to Agility?

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POWER: Building the POWERSHIP Culturescape Environment Definition

POWER focuses on the following elements: Plus People Engagement, Ongoing Vision, Winning Strategy, Equalized Framework, and ROI Branding.

Plus People Engagement

Providing people with knowledge, challenge support and opportunity for unparalleled growth and performance.

This element is foundational and explicitly relates to the People/Team-centric pattern.

POWERSHIP offers three steps to engagement: Learn how people work, Work for people, and Watch people work for you.

Ongoing Vision

An easy, well understood, well communicated direction for the company that identifies a Cultural Landscape or Culturescape Environment.

This element emphasizes direction, which relates to the Focus aspect of the Results/Value-oriented pattern.

POWERSHIP offers seven steps to vision development: Establish team commitment, Determine time frame, Establish rules, Define vision elements, Paint the vision, Solidify the vision, and Validate the vision.

POWERSHIP identifies five vision elements: Returns on expectations, Structure, Culture, Customer, and Employee values.

Winning Strategy

A commitment to winning goals that can guide the organization to competitive success through measurable action.

This element emphasizes goals and action, which relate to the Focus and Feedback aspects of the Results/Value-oriented pattern.

POWERSHIP offers a four level strategic planning formula, which results in a Strategic Plan (SOAP): Level 1, Statement of Strategy (which associates one statement to each of the five vision elements); Level 2, Objectives for Strategy (which identifies objectives for each strategic statement); Level 3, Actions of Strategy (Project level-of-detail); and Level 4, Points for Strategy (Task level-of-detail).

Equalized Framework

Gain a competitive advantage through a proven process of measuring and managing you Culturescape Environment.

This element emphasizes measuring and managing, which relates to the Feedback and Balance aspects of the Results/Value-oriented pattern.

POWERSHIP offers an equalized framework methodology to ensure equalization of performance, which includes the five vision elements and a target performance measure needed to reach the vision.

ROI Branding

Make your brand work to it’s full potential. Return on Investment branding makes it easy and compelling for your customers to want to buy from you.

This element emphasizes customers, which generally relates to the Results/Value-oriented pattern.

POWERSHIP offers four steps for brand integration: Relate the Mission to the Customer vision element, Relate the Customer vision element to the Statements of the Strategic Plan, Relate the Statements to the Objectives within the Strategic Plan, Relate the Objectives within the Strategic Plan to the Customer element of the equalized framework performance measures. Furthermore, focus on developing the brand for external customers as well as internal customers.

SHIP: Fuel for the POWERSHIP Culturescape Environment Execution

SHIP focuses on the following elements: Synergistic Selling, Harmonious Delivery, Industrial Strength Operations, and Plus People Leadership

Synergistic Selling

A selling approach that is in concert with the entire corporation’s goals, direction and delivery. Everyone SELLS from the receptionist to the CEO!

This element emphasizes a selling approach, which generally leverages all the patterns.

Harmonious Delivery

The delivery process should be one in which each and every person is working from a single methodology that allows for a concise and consistent product for the customer.

This element emphasizes delivery, which generally relates to the Results/Value-oriented pattern.

POWERSHIP offers an approach for documenting processes and incorporating performance measures.

Industrial Strength Operations

Flexibility, flexibility, and more flexibility is the design required so an operational group can truly serve as a strong and consistent backbone for the organization.

This element emphasizes an operational backbone, which generally supports all the patterns.

Plus People Leadership

Leadership is not the sole responsibility of one individual, but rather the potential for the entire organization.

This element is foundational and explicitly relates to the Context-aware pattern.

POWERSHIP emphasizes that “leadership is all about RESPECT — from the receptionist to the CEO”: Respect, Energy, Support, Patience, Ethics, Courage, and Trust.

Visit Impact Advisors for more on POWERSHIP!

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