Technology and Management Solutions Pursuit of Passionate Purpose
    January 2006
 
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Back to the Core: Celebrating 20 Years of Business Performance

How can we help you soar? What pressing challenges keep you up at night? The core work of Technology and Management Solutions is to help organizations and leaders produce extraordinary results. Our 2006 Theme is: Your Business Performance as the Pursuit of Passionate Purpose. Since 1985, we have been helping our clients thrive. We provide solutions that solve your critical problems, build customer relationship programs, empower employees, and work with company leaders to positively impact the top and the bottom-line. Guaranteed!

Throughout 2006, this electronic newsletter will focus each month on a different aspect of your business offering key Success Strategies and a case study demonstrating how to put those strategies to work in your organization.

Strategy

A legendary study of graduates from Harvard University showed the importance of goal setting and planning. People (and organizations) with a plan outperformed those without one. The three percent of those with a written plan greatly outperformed all the others, who only had a mental plan. Having a written plan is a key factor in effectively pursuing your passionate purpose. You know that, right?

An Example. Okay I know all about strategy and the importance of having a plan. Yes, my consulting and speaking firm has a business plan. But last year I made the fatal error, so easy for any business and CEO to make. I wrote the plan to kick-off the year and then got so swept away in implementing it, I never took it back off the shelf until August. When I dusted it off and assessed progress, I realized I had made some good progress by putting 150% of my effort on one strategy: speaking, training, selling, and promoting the book, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose. However, there were no resources or energy left for the other, equally important, legs of our firm's strategic business plan — consulting, facilitating, coaching, and providing research and development for our clients. And, equally importantly, I realized that these neglected legs were essential to deeply feed my soul as well as the souls of my associates.

Use the Polarity Strategy. Here we were out of balance again! No surprise. Now we are consciously using the Polarity Strategy to allow a dynamic flow to the interdependent legs of our strategy. What's that you ask? You're missing out on one of the most powerful business tools. Read Chapter 7 in Pursuit of Passionate Purpose.

Case Study. We just facilitated a strategic assessment and planning effort to help map an organization's course for the future. Here's what the CEO of CTEK — a business catalyst that helps entrepreneurial ventures succeed — had to say:

"This past week, CTEK needed to undertake some very serious self analysis to determine our future direction from a strategic point of view, and to also be able to drill down into tactical, real world, action items to take us toward the fulfillment of our objectives. It was an almost daunting task, especially in light of a significant change in our organization's personnel.

I don't know how to thank you for actually pulling it off! The new staff members I am bringing in to take us forward are even more enthusiastic than they were. Yet, we also managed to appreciate our departing staff, make them feel good about their contributions, and also extract the great knowledge they possessed. It all worked to enable us to map a course for the future.

Of course, we don't know if the plans we created will work. One thing we do know, however, is that without your guidance and without your facilitating of our two full, grueling days of meetings, the transition we are attempting would most likely have been a disaster. I have had much experience with transitions such as this, but I am confident that your knowledge, objectivity, and I guess it's your independence, is what enabled you to do what no one within the organization itself could have accomplished. I have never experienced a situation where the challenged participants actually applauded the facilitator at the end of each session.

Thank you so much for your fine work."
    Gary Held, CEO, CTEK (www.ctek.biz), December 2005

Practical Pointers for Strategy. Here are reminders and perhaps some new ideas. How many of these suggestions are you using on a regular basis?

KICK-START YOUR STRATEGY. Assess progress — how are things going? Be honest! Spend time to build and then write a realistic business plan on where you want to go and how you will get there. It's never too late to start this effort.
REVIEW. Don't work alone. Get others involved. Seek feedback from your team and other players you can trust who have different perspectives.
LEARN AND USE THE POLARITY STRATEGY. Read (or re-read) Chapter 7 of Pursuit of Passionate Purpose as a start. Create a Polarity Map® as one step in your planning. Learn from the TMS program: "Turn a Good Project into a Great Project: Use Polarity Strategy to Produce Extraordinary Results."
MONITOR. Don't let your plan sit on the shelf. Build in monthly and quarterly reviews. Schedule them on your calendar now.
GET HELP. Find a Progress Partner or hire a professional strategic planner.

Selected Upcoming Public Events

Wednesday, February 1, 2006. "Extraordinary e-learning Customer Programs: Building Customers into Passionate Pursuers." ASTD TecKnowledge 2006 Conference. 4:00 - 5:30 PM MST in Denver, CO. Information at www.astd.org/astd/Conferences/TK06.

Friday, February 10, 2006. "Grow Your Business as Pursuit of Passionate Purpose." The Women Council of Realtors. 8:00 - 10:00 AM MST in Fort Collins, CO. Call 970-443-2122 to register.

Saturday, February 11, 2006. "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" one-day workshop. Denver Center for Spiritual Renewal. 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM MST at First Unitarian Church in Denver, CO. Open to the public. Low price includes workbook. Call 303-759-2770, x35 to register now.

Saturday, February 18, 2006. Keynote address on "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" at the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers - Americorps Conference. Trinity College in Washington, DC. 3:00 - 5:00 PM EST. By invitation only. Information at www.ndmva.org.

Friday, March 3, 2006. Keynote address on "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" at The Alternative Board (TAB) Annual Conference. Denver, CO. By invitation only. For information contact tms@TMSworld.com.

Give the Gift of Business Performance

The "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" Strategic Planning approach works. You can buy the book at Amazon (www.amazon.com/passionate) or my website (www.PursuitofPassionatePurpose.com). If you buy from my website, I will send you the new Pursuit of Passionate Purpose e-book discussion guide as a bonus if you put a reminder in the note field.

Perform!

There is a proven formula for performance in business and life. Let Technology and Management Solutions, the catalyst for your extraordinary results, help you and your organization thrive.

Performance in 2006,
Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D.
CEO, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Speaker, and Author

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Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D.

Technology and Management Solutions

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