“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” — Chinese Proverb
I thought it would be good to share the momentum of Getting Results so far. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind and I’m seeing some great trajectory. I didn’t really know what to expect, but folks in the know are telling me the trajectory is strong and contagious.
I’ve decided to make March a focus on Getting Results so I’ll continue to post on simple ways to get results in work and life.
By the Numbers
I’m not driving by the numbers but they’re helping me see what’s working and what’s not. I keep my eye on the ball and focus a pitch at a time, but I periodically check the scoreboard to see where I’m at. In terms of raw numbers, it’s pretty good so far:
- 8,000+ visits to Getting Results.com this first week
- ~90 Facebook Fans within 3 days of making it available.
- Getting Results.com hit the 1st page of Google search results for the search “getting results” on Friday (bouncing between 1st and second page of search results)
Back at Work
Getting Results is gradually spreading around Microsoft. It’s mostly word of mouth. The people I mentor end up telling their managers, teams, and other team, and then it spreads. I see people like to share their success and success has a beautiful way of snowballing. Any way, here are the highlights from this past week at work:
- I saw a spike in the number of Microsoft colleagues asking me to mentor them
- I got asked to do a brownbag for ~90 folks in our Microsoft Consulting Services this month to talk about the book.
- I got asked to teach my scenario-driven approach to train 500+ Microsoft PMs, developers, and testers (10 sessions of 50+)
- A few companies asked that I would do a Webinar to share the Agile Results system (after all, who doesn’t want their teams getting great results.)
This means I need to streamline my training material and train some more trainers. I never want to be the bottleneck (which is why I’m a big believer in creating platforms, tools, books, job aids and self-paced training so people can run with it on their own.)
What’s Success Look Like?
For me, it’s all about impact … a person at a time, a team a time, an organization at a time, a company at a time … etc. I’m less concerned about the numbers, and more concerned that I see the right things happening
- Individuals are sharing stories how life just got a whole lot better
- Work environments and organizations are shifting to better places to be
- Individuals are finding ways to unleash their best
My real test is people all around me follow their passion, kick arse and take names, and get more out of life.
My simple goal for now is to help more people drive their day, their week, their month, and their year with 3 compelling stories at a time.
Photo by mistycabal.