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How GWC Unlocks Your Team’s Potential: A Deep Dive

Your team isn't just a cog in the machine—it's the engine driving your company toward success. However, the road to achievement isn't without its speed bumps. So, how can you be sure that everyone in the driver's seat is strapped in and ready for the journey? The answer lies in the concept of GWC: Get It, Want It, and Capacity to Do It.

Unlocking your team's potential starts with understanding how GWC can be your go-to guidepost. Simply put, does everyone on your team "Get" your company's vision, "Want" the same goals you want to achieve, and have the "Capacity" to achieve them? Answering these questions is more than an exercise—it's a necessity. Ignoring them could steer your company into operational mayhem and missed opportunities.

That’s why one of the most powerful tools in the EOS toolbox that I always go through when first working with my clients is the GWC model. This tool is not just a yardstick but a compass—a way to navigate your team towards roles where they can truly shine, driving your company's vision forward.

Understanding GWC: Evaluating Your Team Member's Potential

Many Visionaries assume their current teams are amazing, more than competent, and on the same page they are. After all, they hired them. But complacency can be a silent killer in business. 

The truth is that while it's comforting to believe our teams are 100% on point, there's always room for growth. The GWC model is designed to unearth these opportunities. Standing for "Get it, Want it, and Capacity," this EOS tool provides a litmus test to see if your team members are in their optimal roles or if a shuffle is necessary. 

How To Use GWC To Evaluate Your Team

Begin by listing all team members and then applying the GWC questions: 

  1. Do they Get it? Does the team member understand the intricacies of their role and how it ties into your company’s vision?

  1. Do they Want it? Is there genuine passion and motivation? A team member can be competent, but without drive, they might not push for excellence.

  1. Do they have the Capacity to do it? Do they have the necessary time, skills, and resources to perform well in their roles?

Answer these questions with a decisive "Yes" or "No." This clarity allows an honest, unemotional evaluation of your team. Ideally, every team member should score a "yes" on all criteria. But, don’t let a “No” deter you. Often, when a business is in the early stages of implementing EOS, a “No” simply offers an opportunity to realign, retrain, or reassess.  

An Integrator™ Can Amplify the Power of GWC

As a Visionary, your focus should be on the big-picture strategy. However, translating that dream into day-to-day operations can be a significant challenge. This is where an Integrator excels. An Integrator's job is to synchronize all parts of your business to ensure they’re consistently working towards your vision. They enhance GWC implementation through:

  • Synergy in Communication: An Integrator serves as the bridge between the Visionary's aspirations and the team's day-to-day operations. While a Visionary might see the bigger picture, the Integrator is well-equipped to break it down, ensuring every team member understands their role in achieving this grand vision.
  • Objective Assessment: Emotions can sometimes cloud judgment. Having an Integrator present during the GWC assessment adds an added layer of unbiased observation, making sure decisions are grounded in reality and not just hopeful optimism.
  • Effective Realignment: If there's a need to retrain or realign a team member, an Integrator can smoothly manage this transition. They can identify the best training programs and mentorship opportunities or even recognize when a different role within the company might be a better fit.

When everyone on your team understands their role, wants to be there, and has the capacity to perform, you're not just avoiding potential pitfalls – you're unlocking the magic and actively setting yourself up for unprecedented growth. 

Next Steps: Diving Deeper into GWC Components

Now that you know what the GWC is, how it works, and how an Integrator can help you unlock its full potential, let’s dive deeper into each of its three components. 

1. Ensuring Your Team Members “Get It”:

The "Get It" component is foundational. Employees need to understand the technical aspects of their roles and how they fit into the larger organizational puzzle.

  • Significance of Alignment: Grasping the company's objectives ensures every effort and action is harmonious, avoiding scattered approaches that can strain progress.
  • Benefits of Understanding: Those who 'get it' can make informed decisions aligned with the company’s mission. Their alignment with both the micro (their role) and macro (company vision) fosters greater autonomy and efficiency. 
  • Can a 'No' In This Area Turn into a 'Yes’?  If the 'No' is due to unclear communication, focused mentoring can bridge this gap. However, if an employee doesn't grasp the fundamentals of their role despite multiple attempts to clarify it, this may indicate a misalignment that cannot be corrected. In such cases, transitioning the individual to a role better suited to their strengths—or parting ways—becomes necessary.

2. Gauging if Team Members Truly “Want It”:

Emotional investment is the essence of the "Want It" component. It transcends mere duty and delves into a genuine passion for the company's goals.

  • Emotional Investment's Impact: When team members are genuinely enthusiastic, they push boundaries. This passion leads to higher motivation, enhanced morale, and a vibrant work environment.
  • Long-Term Benefits: Passionate employees tend to stay. Their alignment with the company's direction reduces turnover, providing stability.
  • Role of an Integrator: As you transition more fully into the Visionary role, this will inevitably shift dynamics within the team. An Integrator™ can ensure everyone remains emotionally invested, especially during times of change, by checking in on them regularly and helping them see how their own goals are connected to the company’s vision.
  • Can a 'No' In This Area Turn into a 'Yes’? Emotional connection to a company's goals can be fostered over time with mentorship programs. But, if an employee genuinely lacks passion, it might indicate they're in the wrong field or position. For some, no amount of encouragement or incentive can replace true intrinsic motivation. If this is the case, the best move for both parties is to move on.

3. Determining Your Team Members’ “Capacity”:

Capacity isn't just about skills; it's about adaptability, resilience, and the availability of essential tools and resources. It’s integral for team members to be prepared for evolving challenges and to have the resources to address them.

  • What to Consider: The ability to learn and evolve with the ever-changing business landscape is a hallmark of an invaluable team member. Examine their adaptability to changing roles, emotional sturdiness in the face of stress, access to necessary resources, and their hunger for continuous learning.
  • More Than A Benefit, It’s A Necessity: In a rapidly evolving world, adaptability and continuous growth are indispensable. Your employees need to be agile, ready to grasp new tools and adapt to industry transformations to keep your company moving toward its goals.
  • Role of an Integrator: An Integrator is instrumental in identifying areas of growth. They can initiate training programs, provide essential tools, and ensure that team members are not just equipped for the present but are also primed for the future.
  • Can a 'No' In This Area Turn into a 'Yes’? While targeted training and resource allocation can bridge some gaps, there are instances when an employee might not have the aptitude or mental makeup for a particular role. Not everyone is suited for every task, so it's crucial to recognize when pushing might lead to burnout or decreased productivity.

The Bottom Line

Building a team where everyone Gets it, Wants it, and has the Capacity to do it is no small feat. It's an ongoing process of fine-tuning and adjustment. Your Integrator plays a crucial role in aligning your team with your company’s vision and goals by focusing on effective communication, employee engagement, and the allocation of both human and material resources. This alignment doesn't just lead to growth; it's a pivotal factor that often determines the long-term success or failure of a company.

As a Fractional Integrator specializing in helping Visionary Entrepreneurs with EOS focused businesses, my role is to help you master EOS while scaling your business beyond 7 figures. If you’re ready to unlock the magic of your team, click here to schedule a complimentary discovery call with me.

About the Author Brenda Violette

Brenda Violette, Founder and CEO of Violette Business Services, LLC, is a highly experienced and sought-after Fractional Integrator and Mentor based in Connecticut. With a remarkable track record of over 30 years in leadership, Brenda excels in administration, operations, and people management. As a relentless learner, Brenda actively engages in multiple EOS-based Visionary/Integrator communities and holds esteemed memberships in the FIM (Female Integrator Mastermind) and Advanced Integrator Mastery Forum in Rocket Fuel. She’s also a distinguished Rocket Fuel Mastery Program graduate and a certified Kolbe Consultant™. With a keen focus on driving growth and making a positive impact beyond profit, Brenda guides Visionaries to achieve their strategic goals. Brenda brings transformative value to her clients and partners exclusively with companies operating on the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), who are already working with an EOS Implementer or have graduated from the program. Discover how Brenda can propel your business towards significant growth and sustainability while freeing you to fulfill your role as the Visionary. Visit www.BrendaViolette.com to learn more.

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