A precept is a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought. Precepts are beneficial in business, as well as your personal life, to help achieve desired results and to ensure you stay on the correct path to accomplish your goals. At Propel, we actively use a series of Daily Precepts to help foster our company culture and to ensure we stay on a path of continuous improvement. We use our precepts as guiding principles to bring our company values to life by sharing examples of how Propel’s values can be used in the team’s day to day. Ultimately, we use precepts as our daily habit for instilling company culture.
Our precepts help us remain clear on what is important to us as well as provide tips and strategies on how to achieve our success. Daily as a team we review one of our precepts that infuse our consulting principles. We keep it simple, always highlighting the key takeaways from each precept and any recommended action items.
When deciding on which Precepts to choose it is not only important to understand the precept and the importance behind it, but also to be aware of the advantages it will bring. Some precepts provide direction while others are used as inspiration or provide stability. Below are some of our favorite Propel Precepts.
One for All and All for One
When 1 person wins, we all win. When we can share the work, we are building a stronger more cohesive team which provides the advantage of having the same knowledge and ability to think and work the same. At Propel we are quite transparent in the work that we share with each other. We have the relationship to help and support each other so that we can all leave work on time and not sweat bullets by ourselves. Propel’s team consists of strong critical thinking people that enjoy collaborating and discovery better, more innovative ideas when the team comes together. At Propel we are always here to support not only our clients but each other as well so no one should feel lost on their own.
MECE: Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive
When working with multiple people you will often have overlapping, sometimes competing, ideas that do not solve the problem at hand. We always ensure that our approach is collectively exhaustive, and that time is used wisely. An easy way to save time may be to improve a layout or eliminate unnecessary, repetitive steps in a process. Identifying a big solution that addresses all efficiencies can take more time to develop but is much easier to implement.
Opportunities are Everywhere
Opportunities exist every day, the challenge is you need to identify them. Sometimes a different perspective is all you need to discover opportunities. At Propel, our belief in finding lost time is our biggest asset. We want to show people how to meaningfully add value.
Work in Progress is Lost Time
Are you aware that it takes 17 minutes to switch from one activity to another? This creates cognitive dissonance. Instead of leaving things open it is always more effective to complete things start to finish instead of leaving open. In addition, this will save you time and lead to you having more successes throughout your day!
Precepts can be shared in a variety of ways ranging from daily huddles, scheduled company emails or announcements from the leadership team, Toolbox Talks and Safety Talks. At Propel a new precept is shared at the start of each day in our daily team huddles. This helps set the tone for the day and allows our consultants to start their day with a specific theme in mind.
Regardless of how your company chooses to share Precepts, or the frequency at which they are reviewed, it is important to make them stick. This can be done by making precepts visible and incorporating a related image, using a visibility board where your entire team has access to, or even incorporating your chosen precepts into either formal or informal training. You can even incorporate a precept into a fun, teambuilding activity which would likely make a lasting impression!
Finally, we recommend remaining open to incorporating additional Precepts that may be discovered over time. Precepts may be discovered in workshops or conferences attended by team members, insights identified after reading a new article or book, or even things that arose throughout the day.
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