I’m no rev head, okay I like the speed and the sound of a V8 supercar. I’ve never owned one, secretly I would if I could but I can’t, and won’t because I’m a new age, climate tree hugging, ecofriendly warrior trying to live with only one family car.
So I admit I’m a V8 bogan at work but for good reasons. I love V8’s in the work place. So many people get around in those insipid vehicles that transport their work day with glacial momentum.
I just want to call a “code blue” or the local emergency service in case they stop breathing. In fact, a tow truck is what is needed, they simply block the lanes of progress. They drive a motionless, hybrid solar fuelled vehicle. Have you noticed there is a lack of sunshine in most workplaces, you get my point don’t you? Sure they work, slowly, but not like my V8 supercharged bogan machine.
I refer to them as “The Hybrids” not V8’s. They are bland, predictable, effortless and somewhat underpowered. They move slowly, need charging regularly, acceleration is real slow, they find it hard to get up the big hills and whine at higher speeds. When the going gets tough they rarely use muscle to get in, they simply indicate it’s too hard and wait, polite but predictable.
I was listening to a V8 recently, her motor purred and the crowd loved to listen and watch. What I noticed about this V8 was that she was transformational. In fact people asked for more information, what she had and she had plenty to give, in fact I had to put the brakes on.
So how do you recognise a V8 in the workplace?
Besides sounding good and loving speed and dropping the odd burnout at the lights they are well engineered, purposeful, powerful and very eager for the next ride. When looking to purchase your next V8 or simply having a ride in one, look for the V8 characteristics on show. A V8 is:
They work on vital challenges, opportunities, priorities, issues of importance to the organisation, customer and the team, most important they are vitally aware of their strengths and weaknesses and they tune the vital parts to optimise performance.
They are noticeable, grab attention, the speed of transformation is visible, you know where they are going and they lead from the front.
They drive the changes needed and ensure the outputs and outcomes are measured and sustainable. They make it happen. They are in the race and are well prepared.
They unknowingly share the “can do virus” about their new adventure. It’s hard to be immune and they get other people talking about it. It’s like they have the latest new V8 supercar and everyone just wants to have a ride and unleash the inner–bogan. They van be contagious in a good way. Think “drifting” for the car lovers.
They love value, value management, value proposition and help others think about the benefits realisation. They ensure opportunities link organisational values, priorities and ensure value creation is paramount. The value of the V8 is that they add value themselves as a vehicle for change. They use premium fuel to get better performance.
They are vocal. Their engine is well-tuned, engineered and purring with intention of getting from A to B in the quickest and most enjoyable way possible. Their message is clear, purposeful and heard down many workplace streets. Even when they are not then the office you can hear their engines purr. Being transformational they say what needs to be said, matching the right speech and right action. When the pedal is to the metal the V8 has spoken.
They are foresighted. They work on feed-forward thinking. They have a trip planner and know where to have driving breaks. They have an internal GPS, like a compass keeping 360 degree view on the journey. They know what is at the end and focus on the journey of driving the vehicle. They steer the wheels, navigate effortlessly and turn heads in workplace traffic jams. The vision is to co-design collaboratively like every good car.
They get the chequered flag. They win races because they get the right people behind them. They get the right engineers, right investors, right sponsors, right teams and right training. They win races because of the right decisions, accountabilities and responsibilities and are always placed well on the organisational grid. Everything is communicated and agreed to.
Go on…. rev it up… drive with purpose and passion, jump into a V8 supercharged bogan machine. Work in the fast lane not the emergency lane.
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