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This guide is designed as a companion to Mark's powerful talk titled, Igniting Story & Building Teams. It is a reflection tool that will assist you in understand the four key elements of story and how you can utilize them to begin the process of Igniting YOUR story and Building GREAT teams. For a five minute recap of Mark's talk visit: There is a video recap of Mark's talk at the bottom of the page.

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  • 1. Participant GuideMark L. MathiaIgniting Story | Building Teams

2. IntroductionThis work book is designed to emphasize the key points learned byattending, Igniting Story and Building Teams. This material is designedto help Ignite the story you are living and build great teams.The goal is to work through the questions and reect back to the mainidea that is - everyone can learn to ignite their story and build great teamsby implementing the four essential elements of a good story.These elements are: Character, Purpose, Threat, and Enemy.After completing this guide, it can serve as a helpful reference as youconsider your responses as a leader/team member. It will also offer yousome practical tools designed to allow you an easy launch into a largerstory.My hope is that you approach this work book with the knowledge that,upon completion, you now own the necessary skills that will allow youto thrive in business and life.From all of us at Trident Coaching Systems, we wish you the best.Lets Connect: Linkedin, Twitter,Facebook or email me at 3. Contents:IntroductionTable of ContentsWhy StoryMarks Organizational CommandmentImplementing Story: CharacterImplementing Story: PurposeImplementing Story: ThreatImplementing Story: ResolutionAdditional ResourcesNote PagesAttachments: Environmental Assessment Worksheet 12 Month Vision Communication Plan 4. Why Story? Story is the language of the heart. - John Eldredge Story is how we Engage each other. Story is Empowering. Story offers us a Universal Language.When you think about your career does your heart become fully alive?Why or Why Not? Explain.If your job were a movie what would you do to the script to improve it?Have you ever considered changing it? Explain. 5. Marks Organizational CommandmentThou Shalt Have a Story.The warning signs of a poor organizational story. The Silo Effect - Every department acts independently. Poor Communication - Communication is rarely complete and timely. Lack of Passion - Motivation decreases due to a lack of trust. Turnover - Employees seek and nd other opportunities.Review the above list and ask yourself if your organization suffers from any of theabove warning signs. Take the time to think it through and write down yourpersonal observations.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. Implementing Story: CharacterA good story always has a compelling lead character that others can empathizewith. Congratulations, in the story you are living - you are that lead character.Important Ideas: Its not about you. If you think it is -- youre living a small story. You must believe. Believe in the vision of the organization. You must commit. Commit to Life-long learning.The Starting Point to igniting your story is examining yourself rst. Jim Collins,best selling author of the book, Good to Great suggests that all leaders shouldconfront the brutal facts.Challenge: Take a leadership survey. Remember, as the leader goes - so goesthe team. By understanding your own shortfalls, you can effectively strengthenyour team in areas that may have been overlooked.Potential Surveys: DISC Prole - I took the Work of Leaders Prole. ( Building a High Performance Leadership Team. This can be downloaded free from the Building Champions Coaching Organization. ( 7. Implementing Story: PurposeGood stories offer us a compelling lead character serving a great purpose. Inbusiness purpose equals vision. However, most organizations treat vision like amarketing piece and it fails to inspire.Does the purpose you are serving make you want to jump out of bed and sprintto work? If not, shouldnt it?Challenge #1: Spend some time and write a vision for your organization worthliving for. After your nished, read it out loud to someone else.________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Challenge #2: Read The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. Thentake the team assessment.I love free stuff: Check out Patrick Lencionis, Advantage App - Its Free andoffers an organizational health assessment. 8. Implementing Story: ThreatsThe bigger your dreams, desires or purposes the larger the threats you will beforced to contend with. This is where things get hard. They get hard but notimpossible.Challenge: Conduct an environmental assessment.I have included a worksheet to get you started. This document is calledEnvironmental Assessment Worksheet. Its basic, but powerful. Spend some timewith your team going through this process.In the blanks below ll out your organizations most pressing threats.1. ____________________________2. ____________________________3. ____________________________I only included three blanks for a reason. Anymore than this and you will getoverwhelmed. Now remember this - The best leaders always focus the entireteam on a common enemy. Dont let your staff run off willy-nilly ghting differentbattles. Come together in unity and be creative.Challenge: Create a unique team vision.This may also be a good time to create a team vision statement that ties into thecorporate vision. Remember, you should focus on your specic role in theorganization and how you can serve it fully. Also, dont forget to write it in a waythat makes you want to sprint to work. Make it meaningful for everyone on theteam. 9. Implementing Story: ResolutionResolution happens when a strong vision is in place. Its the job of vision toremind people - where they have been, where they are at, and where they will be.This offers each member of your team a map to the end. It always changes but itmakes the invisible objectives visible.Vision sets the stage for resolution to occur.Vision Offers Resolution by: Allowing teams a place to mentally land when the moment is hard. Offers an organic, living model to build from.Challenge: In order to keep vision alive we must address it monthly. Irecommend using a 12-month vision rollout plan rst introduced to me by thecoaches at Building Champions. For a vision to stick we must make sure it is partof the daily conversations within the organization. I have included a model of the12 month vision rollout plan we use for your review.At the end of the day remember that story is contagious. As long as you builda good one and share it lavishly it will take on a life of its own. A leaders job is toprovide a bigger and better story for his or her teams to operate within.As long as we take up the challenge to provide a story worth living for to ourteams - our teams will believe in the story they are living. 10. Additional RecommendationsLet me share with you the sources that have inspired me as I have ignited mystory and built some great teams. These recommendations are in no particularorder. I offer them to you as a further step in accomplishing your goals.Books: 9 Things a Leader Must Do, By Dr. Henry Cloud White Board | Red Couch, By Dr. Henry Coud Five Dysfunctions of a Team, By Patrick Lencioni Becoming A Coaching Leader, By Daniel Harkavy Confessions of a CEO, By Mark MathiaBlogs: www.depantsingtheclones.comPodcast: Leadership Your Way, my podcast on leadership. Free on iTunes. This is Your Life, Michael Hyatts podcast. Free on iTunes.Organizations and Conferences: The Building Champions Experience The SCORRE Conference for Communicators 11. Notes: 12. Attachment #1 - EnvironmentalAssessmentIgniting Story & Building Teams Environmental Assessment Worksheet Strengths What are your strengths? This should be detailed and include personal and organizational attributes. Weaknesses List your personal and organizational weaknesses. Opportunities What opportunities do you see in the future for yourself and your organization? List them here. Threats What threatens you and your organizations ability to perform? Competition What is the current level of competition for your specific market? Constraints What are the barriers to entry? How hard is it for your organization to make change? Using the Environmental Assessment. Internal to the company is our strengths and weaknesses. How can we capitalize on our strengths and minimize or eliminate our weaknesses? External to the company are our opportunities and threats. How can we capitalize on our strengths and minimize or eliminate our weaknesses? 13. Attachment #2 - Vision Rollout PlanCONSISTENT MESSAGESDevelop your 12 month Vision Communica7on Plan:Pick out one aspect of your vision you will communicate to your team for the next twelve months. For one month, you could choose one convic7on. For another month, you could choose to talk about purpose. For another month you could chose one key area. For another month you could talk about a compelling ambi7on. Chose what you will speak about each month below. January-13 January-13Key component to communicate: Who will you communicate this to? What type of medium will you use to communicate this message? How will you recognize and reward behaviors that are in alignment with this aspect of your vision? February-13 February-13Key component to communicate: Who will you communicate this to? 14. What type of medium will you use to communicate this message? How will you recognize and reward behaviors that are in alignment with this aspect of your vision? March-13 March-13Key component to communicate: W