The Hedgehog Principle
In Good to Great, Jim Collins offers up the hedgehog as a concept that simplifies a complex world into a single organizing idea that unifies and guides everything. Real hedgehogs are not exciting, just very consistent. Collins states that successful companies are also always focused on their consistent method of success and that method is based in three principles:
1. What is your passion?
2. What can you do that is the best in the world?
3. How will you make money?
Team Powered Success
Similarly, when we conceived of Team Powered Success, our mission was to provide tools and support to help teams navigate the classic stages of team development. To support that mission, we had three principles that defined our hedgehog.
(1) We are deeply passionate about and devoted to helping teams navigate the classic stages of team development.
(2) We believe we offer the best program of its type because it focuses on each team member’s natural talents and strategies designed to help each team become an autonomous entity.
(3) What drives our economic engine is a combination of proprietary “tools,” team consulting and re-selling of affiliated services.
Hedgehog in Action
We believe that people with access to the right materials (“tools”) and techniques can form effective teams to help them reach their goals.
We believe that providing effective resources will help people to organize and manage effective teams.
We believe we are not in competition with personal or business coaches, or motivational resources. We are a resource for those people who need an easy-to-follow plan for creating effective teams.
Time and Money
Finally, we can save clients time because we spent the time exploring other models – good and bad – then adapting, revising and improving to form a team model with speed and agility.
We save clients money because we eliminate the expense of buying mass-market books and other materials that purport to provide pathways to individual and/or team success but more often only succeed in espousing an author’s proprietary program.
We even offer prospective clients and interested teams the option of a free Team Success Survey. Based upon the results we will make recommendations on how they should proceed. They are free to accept or reject our recommendations.
Q: Does your team have a hedgehog?