Empower to Go Faster

When Steve Strout played chess as a child, his dad taught him to think ahead five moves. He teaches that approach to everyone, at all levels. It allows the team to go faster — to learn faster, decide faster, recover faster. But you can only go as fast as the person in the front.

After viewing the video, answer a “Questions to Ask” and select an “Ideas for Action” to incorporate into your routine this week.

Ideas for Action

  • Learn to keep a strategic mindset and have fun while you do it. Grab a couple of coworkers and play a few games of chess or Stratego.
  • Understand your consequences. Give yourself two possible courses of action and trace the possible outcomes of each one.
  • Designate someone in your office, or several someones, to be your accountability partner. Ask them to hold you accountable for doing what you say you will do.
  • Give your employees the power to make decisions, especially when tight deadlines are involved.

Questions to Ask

  • What does empowerment mean to you?
  • Why is strategic thinking such a key ingredient to making good, fast decisions?
  • What does being accountable have to do with quick decision making?
  • Have you learned the consequences of making a hasty decision without the proper prep work?