As I was writing this, I decided to ramble a bit with thoughts that were coming into my head about companies, cultures and this program. These perspectives are mine based on having failed at changing cultures, even though my financial results for the companies that I have lead have shown as real turnarounds. My perspectives are also from that of a turnaround since I have been working with turnaround situations since 1992. Most turnaround people are actually self-taught and all of us have different motives for what we do. I am now at a point in my life where I want to build a company into something that will long outlast me and my executive team.
One of the biggest challenges that any company has is to change its culture and many attempts fail. I believe that this program is ideal for companies that are in a turnaround mode, especially if the turnaround is focused on long-term enterprise building and not a quick “paper turnaround”. Most every company will find themselves in a turnaround mode eventually because they do not have a long- term sustainable program such as Thinking into Results. The companies that develop a vision for the future can survive and thrive.
First of all, I love the program. I have been a student of self-help ever since I left college in the early ‘80’s. The big issue I have had, and I suspect many others have had, is personal sustainability of any particular idea or program since it required my personal fortitude to keep it going. I would use some of the ideas, but when things hit crunch time, I generally migrated back to my old habits.
This is the first program that I have been a part of that is a complete package that peels back the professional and personal layers of the participants to get at the heart of change. I also believe that this is a foundation from which any company can move forward in a cohesive and sustainable
way. It also gets at the heart of developing a true team of employees as it requires that people think and act in a cohesive way. There are no hiding places in this program if the leader and team members are honest and observant throughout the process.
– Mark Thomas, HEI Inc.