Welcome to StitchTLC by Stitch Brand & Culture. StitchTLC grew out of a passion for entrepreneurial business and the simple realization that every growing business hits a ceiling, a point when success outstrips the ability to manage it.
If you’re like many entrepreneurs you’re a “doer,” someone who jumps in and solves problems, gets things done and makes it happen. Hitting the ceiling can frustrate the “doer” in you because your success requires a shift in thinking, from working “in” your business to working “on” your business. From “doing” to “leading.” From a focus on “self” to a focus on “others.” These are not the same skills that supported your success. You need new skills, new thinking and a new approach to break through.
You need Traction – more accountability, a shared vision and great team health.
You need Leadership – more influence and persuasion over your followers.
You need Climate – an environment that supports collaboration, innovation and creativity.
In three words: Real. Simple. Results.
EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, is a comprehensive business system, integrating a holistic business model with a complete set of simple business tools and a proven business process to align and synchronize all the pieces of your business to produce the results you want.
EOS will help you do three things we call vision, traction and healthy:
Vision: First getting the leaders of your business 100% on the same page with the vision for your organization: who you are, what you do, where you are going and how you will get there.
Traction: Helping your leaders to become more disciplined and accountable, executing consistently to do things well and achieve every piece of your vision.
Healthy: Helping your leaders to become a healthy, functional, cohesive leadership team, because leaders often don’t function well together as a team.
From there, as goes your leadership team so goes the rest of your organization. You get to the point where your entire organization is focused, engaged, sharing a common vision, disciplined, accountable, executing well and advancing as a healthy, functional, cohesive team.
EOS is unique because it is easy to understand and use, holistically addressing all issues rather than applying spot-treatments to your business. It works in any entrepreneurial company and across all business models because the system is founded on time-tested methods and principles, not business management theories or “flavor of the month” fads.
EOS is comprised of three elements; the EOS Model, the EOS Toolbox and the EOS Process . The EOS Model helps to simplify the way you see your business and sets the context for becoming a great company. The EOS Toolbox contains a complete set of simple tools you can use to strengthen each component of your business. The EOS Process is our proven way of helping you apply the right tools at the right time to get you the results you want.
A typical traction engagement lasts between 12 and 24 months. The day-long session is 7 to 10 hours and involves the members of the Leadership Team. Five to seven sessions are completed during an annual cycle. In some cases the Team may decide to keep the EOS Implementer on engaged for longer than 24 months to facilitate a more objective meeting.
Most EOS clients experience 15 to 30 percent top-line growth after implementation. In addition, clients have expressed an improved atmosphere of accountability, greater quality of life and an enhanced level of efficiency within the organization.
There is no risk to implementation other than the time you will spend during your first session and the minor expense of the room. Every EOS session is 100% financially guaranteed. If for some reason you feel as though you did not receive value you do not pay. There are no long-term commitments or contracts. We strive to deliver great value in every session.
John Kotter at Harvard once said, “Leadership is about convincing people to follow you into an uncertain future.” Leadership is about having followers. Without them you are not a leader. Leadership requires a different set of skills than just being a great entrepreneur or businessperson. People choose to follow. The best leaders embrace behaviors that build followership.
StitchTLC is a certified practitioner in the Leadership Practices Inventor (LPI). A unique assessment that evaluates leadership behavior in five areas of practice known to improve influence and persuasion. The assessment is used to identify areas of less frequency in behavior and a tailored coaching program is then designed around increasing frequency, thus increasing performance.
The typical coaching program involves an online assessment that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The assessment is evaluated and the results are presented the individual leader. Three to four, two-hour coaching sessions per year are then scheduled to address areas of lesser frequency identified within the results. All results are strictly confidential.
The LPI is a “360 degree” tool, meaning that it provides a perspective of leadership behavior from above, adjacent and below the leader being evaluated. It’s recommended that the typical assessment includes 14 observers, but participation is unlimited.
What Does the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) Measure?
Applying the proven principles of Kouzes and Posner’s acclaimed Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model, the LPI enables individuals and organizations to measure their leadership competencies and act on their discoveries. Leaders will gain deep insight into how they see themselves as leaders, how others view them, and what actions they can take to improve their effectiveness. The LPI is available in six languages – English, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Mongolian.
Who is LPI for?
Anyone interested in becoming a more effective leader and learning to apply Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s acclaimed Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model to real-life challenges and opportunities will benefit from the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). This comprehensive suite of LPI tools includes 360-degree leadership assessment instruments for both working adults and students with little or no work experience.
The Theory and Evidence Behind the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders
There is considerable empirical support for the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership framework. Download the report for an overview of the development and validation of the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI).
How Was LPI Verified and Tested?
Comparisons of LPI scores along a number of critical dimensions are summarized, as well as brief insights into findings by other researchers utilizing this leadership framework and instrument. Readers and scholars interested in more academic discussions of the LPI can find several more technical reports as well as other research descriptions.
Climate is different than culture. Where culture typically represents the history, story and values of the organization, climate represents the thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviors of the organization. Climate happens each workday, culture is deeply embedded and harder to change. As much as 80 percent of the climate of the organization is influenced by its leadership. When the climate is unhealthy the organization doesn’t grow. Employees are less engage, less collaborative and less productive. New ideas are stifled and innovation declines.
We take a systemic approach to climate change rooted in years of research and field application. Our approach – referred to as the Collaborative Creative Climate Model – begins with an assessment of climate using a proven instrument call the Situational Outlook Questionnaire (SOQ). The SOQ evaluates nine discrete dimensions of climate that have been demonstrated to impact productivity, creativity, innovation and problem solving. The SOQ allows us to identify areas of weakness that might be addressed to improve the climate of the organization. The SOQ is a unique and powerful instrument for understanding factors that influence organizational climate.
Next we evaluate the distribution of thinking style preference within the employees of the organization. This helps us understand problem solving style preferences across the organizational functions.
Lastly, we develop a tailored training program rooted in creative problem solving and put cross-functional teams to work developing strategies and tactics to address weaknesses in the climate.
The individual elements within the Collaborative Creative Climate Model have been correlated with a range of individual and organizational benefits, including:
•Improved job satisfaction
•Increased creative productivity
•Better implementation of new systems
•Successful transformation efforts
•Efficient use of resources
•Employee health and well-being
•High performing teams and divisions
•Positive work attitudes
•Values that promote organizational learning
•Leadership behaviors promoting change
•Improved understanding of organization culture
•Identifying differences in sub-climates (divisions)
•Successful development of new products
•Effective rewards and recognition programs
•Improved acceptance and management of diversity
•Decreasing work stress
(Isaksen & Akkermans, 2007, p. 16)
Deployment of the program will vary based on the size and scope of the organization. The assessment phase typically takes between 12 and 16 weeks, with training and collaboration requiring between 2 and 4 months. To impact climate at a deeper level may take as much as 12 months.
EOS is unique because it is easy to understand and use, holistically addressing all issues rather than applying spot-treatments to your business. Watch this video to learn how EOS works, and why it is so effective across so many industries.
Let StitchTLC help your business break through to next level growth. Contact us today for a free, no obligation workshop.