By Taher Mulla, SpeedChange Performance Coach
SpeedChange Performance Coaching: This is my passion and full-time venture; additionally it brings great joy to help others fulfil their potential. Having adopted the proven, tried and tested techniques myself, I am delighted with the results and the impact on my personal development.
So, what is Speed Change and how does it work?
Speed Change is the brand of professional coaching techniques that has been compiled and applied successfully by David Buffin, Founder and Managing Director of Buffin Leadership International Ltd (BLI). Over the past 30 years, he has been successfully applying his business development tools to help business leaders achieve outstanding results by utilising these unique systems and tools. David has also appeared in various TV programs and has worked with many renowned business leaders from UK, Europe, and around the world.
The main purpose of this article is to explain how these techniques have worked for me and how I am using these to improve the results of the people that I work with. As a business owner I have enjoyed success, but my businesses have never reached a level that matches my ambition or expectations. I found this was primarily due to my task prioritising and lack of task completion. One of the methods used, is Speed Change’s, Results Focused Planner (RFP) which, once applied, has enabled me to complete these tasks and reach my goals and ambitions.
Results Focused Planning
The Results Focus Planner (RFP), is an integral part of Speed Change, it enables me to ensure my day is productive and will ensure I will get to my objectives in the timescale I have set. It is powerfully realistic and facilitates a plan for real life issues, enabling me to restructure my priorities efficiently. I am now focussing on what is most important to achieve my goals rather than being swept up by the day’s nuances and therefore distracted from my goals.
The main thrust of the RFP is to focus then plan the actions, review your activities and ensure these are still in tune with your goals. Beginning with your 1, 2 and 5 year goals. The 1st year is then broken into quarterly goals. The 1st quarter is then broken in to monthly; the 1st month is then broken into weekly which is in turn broken into daily tasks and actions.
The idea is that each task/action will contribute towards your goals and targets. This process is highly effective in focussing individuals to pay attention to their goals and ambitions and breaking them into manageable portions (Chunking) which consequently ensures that the goal or goals are achieved. Whilst there are many versions of this process out in the market I have found that the process, as compiled for Speed Change by BLI, comfortably accommodates flexible thinking and working; which is why it has worked for me and so many high-profile companies.
The plan and actions are subsequently reviewed as necessary and adjustments are made accordingly. In some cases the overall goals are redefined or changed entirely because the process has highlighted discrepancies which do not align with the original goals and objectives.
It’s like climbing a mountain. Each small step is getting you nearer to the summit.
For any type of business, team work is an essential component. BLI have developed numerous techniques and visual aids to assist team members to contribute and in so doing generate a feeling of contribution to the solution. Generally termed “buying in”; it shows them how the consequences of their work impacts on other team members and the company as a whole. It is a great method of bringing the company mission statement to the forefront and ensuring that the team are in this together and are actively working to achieve this.
The bridge model developed by BLI is a very unique way of solving business problems using the company’s own employees to come up with a solution. The coach is there to facilitate the process and ensure that any objections, agendas, personal or business issues are dealt with to achieve an outcome. The solution that the team has achieved, in most cases, not only increases profitability but also ensures an increased team spirit and an appreciation of other areas of the business. As the saying goes “a chain is only as strong as the weakest link”; this process ensures that the whole chain is as strong and rigorous as it can be.
As a Speed Change Performance Coach I am here to help individuals and the business beyond their normal potential and achieve amazing results by improving their contribution, to help identify areas that need improvement and then to facilitate this change which will lead to benefits of better team coordination, improved team spirit and improved profits for the business. Together we can achieve a brighter future, the one we all aspire to.
By Taher Mulla, SpeedChange Performance Coach
Buffin Leadership is currently spearheading a project to assist PITA (Paper Industry Technical Association) to define its focus and purpose for the future.
By utilising the BLI leading edge facilitation technique, the directors of the association will be lead through the fast and effective process which will capture, rationalise, create buy in and prioritise a strategy to ensure that the association more than meets the need of the members and industry it represents.
Like many manufacturing industries, the paper and board businesses have had to adapt quickly to changing times and in doing so meet challenges that would have sunk other less robust businesses. Issues such as higher energy, environmental, raw material costs are rising and against a backdrop of static or reducing market volume offer a perfect storm that has to be navigated.
PITA has for many years provided technical education, advice and leadership to the industry. By engaging in this work it is ensuring that it leads from the front thus helping to sustain it’s place as an organisation that is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most admired institutions.
Buffin Leadership will provide the necessary advice, stimulus and direction over the coming weeks to ensure PITA has a documented forward plan with relevant detail – including time line and project attribution, in other words a strategic plan with teeth.
Buffin Leadership is delighted to be associated with this opportunity and looks forward to working alongside PITA during the coming few months.
John Kirby, Operations Director, Buffin Leadership International Ltd.